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Ford F-Series Powerstroke Diesel Problems

KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
Exclusive discussion for the Powerstroke engine, and the older 6.9 and 7.3 "pre-Powerstroke" diesel engines as well.

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  • Has anyone else had head gasket problems with your 05 powerstroke?
  • my 05 powerstroke is experiencing leaks from both head gaskets. the dealer says he will not cover the repairs because I have an after market exhaust system. He is trying to charge me $8000 to replace both head gaskets and the turbo. I reported the problem I was having with overheating while towing my 5th wheel before the aftermarket exhaust and the shop just claimed that the coolant level was low. my truck only has 19000 miles.
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    Did you do any other mods to the engine besides the exhaust?
    (Did you chip it, or add propane, or nitrous?) If you have any of these things and especially if you tow heavy, your exhaust temperatures can shoot up real hot, real fast, and exceed their normal operating range. I think if the exhaust gas temps go over something like 1200 or 1300 degrees for an extended period, then you can damage the turbocharger and associated gaskets.

    If you only have the exhaust mod, I don't think it alone would cause the damage, but the dealer is probably thinking what I outlined above. Also, how heavy is your 5ver? And do you tow it through the mountains? IT can put a lot of stress on the engine.

    Do you have a pyrometer to measure the exhaust temperature? It's good insurance to protect your diesel. That way when you're pulling a big hill with a heavy load in tow, you can monitor the turbo temperature, and back off on the go-pedal if you see you're getting too hot.

    Another tip is if you've towing hard with your foot into it and the engine is really hot, don't shut it down as soon as you pull off the highway ramp. Either drive it a few miles at city traffic speeds, or let the truck idle for at least 5 minutes so that the turbo heat can dissipate. If you're turbo's glowing red hot and you shut off the truck, it will cause the oil in the turbo bearings to break down and cause premature failure of the turbo bearings.

    As far as the current problem....you may want to try a different dealer for service as some are more lenient about mods than others. Do you have any documentation for the earlier overheating problem. A paper trail would help tilt things in your favor
  • Hi,
    I have a 2004 F350 6.0 Power Stroke Diesel.
    Scenario: In May 06 i noticed antifreeze leaking in front of the truck so i took it to the dealer they replaced the hose. In June 06 smelled coolant leaking again and didn't notice any on the ground and the dealer replaced the clamp and hose. In July 06 I continued to have this problem and took it back to the dealer and they replaced the coolant bottle cap after it continued to leak. In Aug & Sept 06 it was leaking again, they ran their inspections and now they are telling me i need a new fan clutch. I've spent time and money dealing with these folks and was wondering if anyone else was having this issue.
    Thanks,
    BYoung
  • ldqldq Posts: 1
    I have 51,000 miles on a Ford super duty six speed. I have had constant problems with the clutch slipping, and am looking at replacing it for the 4th time. I have pulled my horse trailer a total of 65 times in 7 years. Ford offers no help. I don't "off road" or abuse this truck in any way. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  • hi this is brad i don't owen a 6.0 power stoke. i have heard from the local ford dealer's and friends say that 6.0 shouldn't idle for long periods of time becasue it will clog the egr inter cooler. and you also have to drive them like you stoled it
  • It's called wet stacking. Normal diesel idle rpms are too slow, if you idle too long, your exhaust temperatures stay at nominal operating temperature and you get crud buildup. I thought it was more of an issue in the old 7.8L Powerstroke than in the 6.0L.

    Ford sells an option - Automatic Idle Controller - keeps engine idling around 1200 rpm, engine runs hotter and prevents wet stacking.
  • tom007tom007 Posts: 40
    I have a 99 powerstroke with 275,000 miles on it, just recently, Diesel fuel started leaking from a small tube on the front right side of the engine. Sometime it won't leak for days, then it might leak about a half pint out while it is sitting and idling, I don't think it leaks when I am driving it because my mileage has not changed.
  • I ALSO HAVE A 99 POWERSTROKE MINE HAS 165,000. MILES ON IT
    MINE HAS JUST STARTED DOING THE SAME THING. IT WILL LEAK
    FIRST THING IN THE MORNING WHEN I START IT TO WARM IT UP
    BEFORE WORK. IT WILL POUR OUT OF THE RIGHT FRONT IT SEEMS
    WHEN IT WARMS UP IT STOPS. IN THE AFTERNOON I CAN CHECK IT
    AND THERES NO LEAK?

    ANY ANSWERS? ANY HELP? WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?
    WHAT IS IT? HOW DO I FIX IT?
  • i have a 2000 superduty and it was leaking fuel all last week from a small overflow drain which is viewable from the left front wheel well. i replaced valave behind the fuel filter and that solved the problem. i got the piece from the local ford dealer and the guys in parts said it is a very common problem in these trucks. so i am sure hat is the same problem that you are experiencing.
  • kwk3kwk3 Posts: 3
    While in the mountains for Thanksgiving my 2004 6.0 started leaking fuel early in the mornings when I started up and let it run to warm up at idle. The leak ia a fast drip coming from the engine but without removing stuff to see better I can't see where it's coming from. The leak stops after a short warm up drive. If this means anything the air temp was in the low 20s and altitude was 7000'. I have 30K miles, been in the same environment several times and never had any problems before this.
    Any one have any ideas?

    Thanks, Kenny
  • I have a 2000 F350 Super Duty 7.3L. I live in alaska, just came back from being away for a little while and cannot get the truck to start. I had it turning over fro a little while, but then i noticed some smoke and the smell of electrical coming from the passenger side of the engine. I checked it out and couldnt find anything, then tonight while i was trying to get it started it wont even turn over now, justs clicks when i tturn over the ignition. I have checked the batteries and they are both charged. Does anyone have any answers or suggestions for me on this.
  • kwk3kwk3 Posts: 3
    Dealer says it's the injector pump (no other details) and I have to wait about two weeks before they can get to it. Good news is that it's covered under warranty.
    Also, while my truck continues to run fine, for now, a customer brought his truck in last night barely running. He shut the engine off and the dealer couldn't get it started 'till this morning. Same problem and they've had four trucks in the last month, all with about 30K miles with bad pumps.
  • orvin1orvin1 Posts: 2
    Recently, after having several injectors, injector module and accelerator module replaced I noticed a tapping noise. I was told that this is a lifter tap. What solutions are available. Can the lifter be adjusted or does it have to replaced. What $ figure can I expect?
  • I have an F-350 7.3L Diesel that I just changed the glow plugs and the batteries in. The truck started up right after that ran the day. Then the next morning I went to start it and it will not start and has not started for a week now. Also when the key is turned on now the wait to start light also does not come on. Does anyone have any idea what might be the problem?
  • jeff72jeff72 Posts: 2
    I have a '97 f-350 7.3l diesel
    On a cold start up it idles rough and has a "miss" until warmed up. I was told these trucks have a common problem with the fuel injector wires causing this problem...but I can't find any info about this.
  • Check the glow plug relay?
  • jeff72jeff72 Posts: 2
    the problem is after it has started and is idling....didn't think the glow plugs could be a problem at that point?. Anyway, the relay is new as well as the plugs
  • it will turn over and can be pull startred but will not start on its own.
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