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Old 10-02-2009, 11:39 AM   #57
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My jug of Hot Shot Secret came today, won't be able to change oil until Tuesday. Will let you know if anything changes.

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Old 10-04-2009, 02:07 PM   #58
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Looking forward to hearing what your results are. I spoke to the chemist who created this stuff for International Harvester and, from what it sounds like, a lot of time went into making sure this stuff fixes what ails our engines.
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:59 PM   #59
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Small World

I became interested in this thread because our TV is a 2004 King Ranch F250 with a 6.0 PS and I hoped to improve its reliability, fuel mileage and performance. Please correct me if I'm wrong but as I understand it some of the most effective and reasonable cost things I've picked up on are:

Improve fresh air intake (what's the simpliest and most economical way)
Install coolant system filter
Install an EGR delete kit
Gut or eliminate the catalytic converter

Now to the small world part.

STINGRAY L82: My brother-in-law and sister-in-law live in Eden, TX about 45 miles east of San Angelo.
HAPPYCAMPERS: I don't know if you will remember or not but my wife Marque and I are the people who had the Squarestream FOR SALE at this years Texas Vintage Rally that you made an offer on. By the way we're probably going to go camping at Zavalla this coming weekend. Are you there or in Canada right now.
RAY EKLUND: I am one of those former TH55A mechanics from Ft. Wolters. I worked there from 1964 to 1968. Worked Line Maintenance and Stage Field out of Wolters, Downing and Dempsey.

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Old 10-05-2009, 09:02 PM   #60
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Hi Jimmy, Yes I remember you. We are still in Canada and looks like we will be here most of the winter, plan on coming to TX maybe March and April. I had a stint put in my heart 2 weeks ago and my travel insurance tripled, It will go back to normal rate after a year. Wish we were going to be there.

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Old 10-05-2009, 09:26 PM   #61
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Jimmy,

When the time comes for me to get an aftermarket filter, I'm going with the S&B...it has the best flow testing on the market. While the OEM Donaldson filter flows hellaciously well and traps up to 3lbs of dirt, it is not a renewable filter. I've seen the OEM filter cost between $54-$85 vs. the $269 for a S&B setup. You have to do the independant research to see if the OEM setup is cheaper in the long run or vice versa.

Our son's YMCA little-league 6-man football team played Eden this past weekend, in San Angelo. Eden had this little guy that ran like the wind blows...always seems like the little ones run the fastest. Eden won, 16-8, but it was a great game.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:06 PM   #62
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I have enjoyed reading this/these post! I have had 4 6.0’s the first one was the first 03 that my local NM dealer received…. They latter bought that one back, what a pile of S…. the next one was a 04 at 40K miles a thief needed it more than me but till the day it disappeared it had been a perfect truck. Then there was a 05, and as history would repeat its self in disappeared at dinner one night with 50k on the ticker, it too was trouble free truck. Now I have a 06 with the most sate of the art alarm and GPS tracking system on it! It now has 75K miles on it and I’ve had to rebuild the rear end (**** house luck on that one) and had gauge cluster go out both under warranty. The 6.0 has always scared me I have heard nothing but horrible stories from countless people, and since I have decide to keep this truck for at least the next few years I’m taking the advice and doing these upgrades! I called a tech buddy at the local Ford dealer about these upgrades he also said there were great things to do especially on higher millage 6.0s . the idea of owning a GM or a Dodge just does not sit well, guess I’m a diehard Ford man! … although I’ve always said if I lost a motor in my Ford I would do the Cummins conversion rather than fix the PS. Thanks again for the post!

This truck does seem to get extra Hot when towing up hills, I never had this problem with the others. Any thoughts on this?

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Old 10-05-2009, 10:18 PM   #63
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Aaron,

If you're overheating going uphill, odds are you have a clog starting somewhere, possibly the oil cooler, which then leads to the egr cooler and then, ahhhh, you get the idea. Flush the system out real good, get rid of that egr and egr cooler, and put the coolant filter on and I bet your temps go down.
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:24 PM   #64
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Wow, outstanding write-up Stingray. I've been considering an Excursion for quiet some time and have had my doubts about the 6.0. A co-worker has an F-250 with the 6.0 and has obviously had some reliability issues so I have been reluctant to pull the trigger.

Upon researching the 6.0, I came across this article from Diesel Power magazine. It pretty much reiterates exactly what you have pointed out in your original post and at least confirms that, while it's not the most reliable power plant, the issues can be resolved.

Unfortunately, even with reassurance that many of the issues can be fixed and/or prevented, I think I'll be passing on a 6.0-powered Ford. It's just a bit too much risk for my taste. Thanks again for taking the time to write up your post, it was very informative!
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:32 PM   #65
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I got the oil changed and added the 2qt. Hot Shot's Secret last Tuesday and went to Michigan to pick up some things on Thursday, a 600 mile round trip. I couldn't believe the difference in my truck. It is quieter and starts easier and the best part is the mileage. The best I have gotten pulling the trailer has been 13 mpg. On this trip I get 16.2 mpg at 62 mph so I dropped to 55 mph and got 17 mpg. I am very happy with these results. They recommend adding 1qt. every 3 to 4 oil changes to maintain.


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Old 10-13-2009, 06:20 PM   #66
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this entire thread has been interesting......to say the least....i bought a new 06 f250.....from the old school, a new car/truck is a slam dunk 100,000 miler w/out problems, except for the jap cars/trucks (200,000 miles)....well jumping into the ford forum i find no slam dunk.....$50,000.00 truck and you must comply w/all the rules for the warranty which should not be a consideration for a new veh., well it is, oil change, ford filters only, ford onlyfuel filter 13,000 miles, ford only tranny change and filter costly, clean the egr valve, and etc., feel like i am on egg shells every turn of the engine, well anyway i dont know what i would do next, maybe just walk or get a horse...36,000 miles and fingers are crossed...didnt know life could be complex and costly..
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:15 PM   #67
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I have an 06 and zero problems. Most of the early troubles were taken care of by 06. It got a bad rap early on and now every ones afraid of the 6.0. Just do the services and drive the truck. Diesels are not inexpensive but if you buy Motorcraft filters on line and change your oil, fuel and air filters on a regular basis, doing the work yourself, you can save a ton of money over having it done at the dealer and you have the satisfaction of knowing it's done right. I'm getting ready to do a trans flush and change the filters, the one in the pan and the small one that looks like a roll of toilet paper by the radiator. The dealer wanted $300.00. The only drawback is you can only use Mercon SP and you can only buy Mercon SP from a Ford dealer and it's not cheap. Oh and Frederic, I took your advise and bought a coolant filter from Dieselsite. It arrived today and goes on tomarrow. I'm looking to get 300k before any major work. Think Positive.
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:03 PM   #68
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Okay, my 2003 6.0L PSD Excursion has been a great truck and has run extremely well until about 3 months ago (it has 115,000 miles on it). The truck began running rough, surged at times, and was basically gutless. So after reading this thread about the Hot Shot Secret I decided to give it a try. Poured the entire jug into my oil yesterday and have driven it about 100 miles, so far. All I can say is, WOW! This stuff is fantastic. My X has it's old power back and runs so much better after just one day and 100 miles of driving. The Hot Shot website says it takes 1,000 miles to realize the full benefits but I've already seen HUGE benefits after 1/10 that amount. If you have any doubts about this stuff, don't. It really works.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:06 PM   #69
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Well my King Ranch is sitting dead in the driveway...FICM is toast...that's what happens, when you place it over the valve cover, next to the turbo and under the coolant reservoir....heat, heat and more heat is just a recipe for disaster.

The truck is going into the mech next week, under warranty thank God, and I have about 1,500 miles left to the next oil change, at which time you can bet I'm adding Hot Shot's Secret, along with the fuel additive and the transmission conditioner too....$81 well spent, IMO.
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I have a 2004 F-350 Crew Cab Dually with the 6.0 Power Stroke engine. When I bought it, it had over 300,000 miles on it. I have put close to 30,000 miles on it since I've owned it. I did have to repair a cooler in it and I had to do some other work after I purchased it. I don't feel that I've had a bad run since the mileage is what it is. I was advised by people that it was a bad investment with the 6.0 but I'm happy with it and it's running great. I tow a fifth wheel with a weight of around 11,000 lbs and it does a great job. I believe the 6.0 engines mostly have a bad reputation!

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