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Old 12-22-2008, 12:10 AM   #183
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What are ALL the problems with the 6.0
Hi, at first there were some computer problems/glitches. Next were some turbo hoses popping off/coming loose. And some turbos going bad, but the majority of problems with this engine were caused by after-market modifications. With Fords newest Diesel, Ford says, you modify it, You buy it; No Warranty.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:27 AM   #184
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6.0 powerstrokes had a lot of fuel injecter problems. In 2003 & 2004 the injecters leaked diesel fuel into the engine oil,diluting and overfilling the crankcase. In some cases 1-2 gallons of diesel fuel in the crankcase was not uncommen. The fix is to identify(no easy task) and replace the leaking injecters. In 2005 the redisigned injecters would break near the top, they also had to be replaced. These problem ussually happened in the first 10 to 40,000 miles, and were covered by warrenty. Adios, John
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:55 AM   #185
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Just read where the F 250 made the top five list of stolen vehicles. I'm told the thieves harvest the diesel engine.

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Yes, unfortunately, the F-250 is easy to break into...just takes a flat head screw driver or nail set against the plastic escutcheon around any one of the door handles and they pop off leaving plenty of room to reach in and push the door lock knob up and un-lock the door. My '05 was broken into 5 times in the parking deck and my '08 was broken into once that way before I came up on the availability list on another parking deck in Downtown Atlanta. Since then, my rear power sliding window was broken out and cost $1,200+ to replace. Nothing cheap on these trucks. And, I keep nothing of value to be stolen in my truck. Only the first time was anything taken.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:27 PM   #186
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I also really like the the TowCommand, factory-installed, fully integrated trailer brake controller, along with the telescoping tow mirrors.
Bill - where do you set the gain on your controller? We have to adjust ours and we'll probably start around 50 to 60 and take it from there. What should we be looking for in fine tuning the gain?

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Old 12-23-2008, 11:12 PM   #187
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Hi Jim,

Mine was set by the Airstream dealer's tech person at 6.0 when I first picked up our new Airstream and I have not had any reason to change it. When I step down a bit hard on the brake, I can hear and feel the Airstream tires grab onto the pavement. If I break normally, both the truck tires and trailer tires seem to work together equally to slow the rig smoothly. Hope this helps.

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Old 12-24-2008, 12:00 AM   #188
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Thanks Bill - We'll start at 6.0 and see what happens.
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My Airstream dealer set mine on my '05 at 4.0 and I didn't feel that was enough. My trailer weighs in the neighborhood of 7,200 LBS and I could feel it pushing the truck a little on hills at stop signs so I increased it to 5.0 and that took care of it. When I traded last December for an '08, I set the gain at the same and haven't needed to make any adjustments since. Different weight trailers will probably require different gain adjustments.

You don't want too much braking on the trailer to you will be dragging it when you stop and that would put undue stress on your hitch, tires (trailer and truck) and the frame members of both truck and trailer. I am confident the truck can take it, but there is no sense in putting the trailer through that if you don't have to. Occasional emergency braking not withstanding.
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My Airstream dealer set mine on my '05 at 4.0 and I didn't feel that was enough. My trailer weighs in the neighborhood of 7,200 LBS and I could feel it pushing the truck a little on hills at stop signs so I increased it to 5.0 and that took care of it.
Tom - I"ll keep that in mind. Your trailer weighs about the same as ours. I think we'll be playing with the setting between 5.0 and 6.0 and see where it works best. I think there may be time that we may need to adjust it here and there due to loading.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:26 PM   #191
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Hi Jim,

Mine was set by the Airstream dealer's tech person at 6.0 when I first picked up our new Airstream and I have not had any reason to change it. When I step down a bit hard on the brake, I can hear and feel the Airstream tires grab onto the pavement. If I break normally, both the truck tires and trailer tires seem to work together equally to slow the rig smoothly. Hope this helps.

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Bill - The integral brake controller is as smooth as silk. I love it! It was so smooth that I was wondering if it was even working. I had Rod coast forward a bit and had him stop only using the manual squeeze switch. It worked perfectly. We have it set at 6.0 to start and it seems OK.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:12 AM   #192
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Bill - The integral brake controller is as smooth as silk. I love it! It was so smooth that I was wondering if it was even working. I had Rod coast forward a bit and had him stop only using the manual squeeze switch. It worked perfectly. We have it set at 6.0 to start and it seems OK.
Yes, I love it also. Glad the 6.0 setting seems to work fine for you. Please let me know if you have any reason to change it.

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