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Old 12-15-2010, 11:38 AM   #15
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Rae,

Sorry to hear about your misfortunes, both family and vehicular.

The 6.0 does have its shortcomings, however they can all be remedied. FWIW 2003 was actually the first year for the 6.0.

The Varible Geometry Turbo (VGT) on the 6.0 needs to be exercised or the vanes on the turbo will stick/freeze, leading to the need for rebuild or replacement, so every once in a while put the hammer down and go. The computer does NOT need to relearn anything, if you have the turbo replaced, so stay away from whichever mechanic told you this.

The fly-by-wire accelerator pedal is usually not a problem on the Fords...1997-2001 Dodge Ram Cummins Turbo Diesel trucks were more prone to APPS (Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor) failures...I owned a 2001 Ram and experienced it first-hand 150 miles from home.

Also, if you do a search on my screen name and something to the effect of "Attention all 6.0 owners" I did a write-up some time ago addressing a few things you can do to your 6.0 to make it more reliable.
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Old 12-15-2010, 02:59 PM   #16
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Hi Stingray L82

Can you give a better description of the address to your article. Nothing comes up as written.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:20 PM   #17
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I think is the thread being referred to:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ers-54730.html

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Old 12-15-2010, 03:52 PM   #18
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That's the one...thanks Ray.

My memory is horrible...BTW, I just posted something new on that thread...good reading I got from Powerstroke.org via Dieselstop.com
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:42 PM   #19
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Cool beans. Thanks all! I plan to do some research in FL for a shop where I can get some of the mods done. Right now the trucks running swell, but since I'm now registered in FL I can do some removal/modifications that couldn't be done when the vehicle was registered in CT-- emissions, inspection, etc.

This year has been very emotional with three major family losses and lots of personal hardship challenges, but we're plowing ahead. No other choice, really... So, very-much-hopeful that 2011 will be a good year of some things coming together in a good way!!
Nice to have a support group-- Silver Family

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Old 12-16-2010, 09:12 AM   #20
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Rae, remember that bad things tend to happen in three's, so you're due for some positive waves.

One thing I found interesting in my ever-continuing research with the 6.0 is that it seems that the school of thought about clogged oil coolers/egr coolers now is that it is caused by the silicate in the Motorcraft Gold coolant, when it flash boils...another reason I'm glad I switched to Fleetrite ELC...EC-1 ELC's don't have silicates in them and silicates resemble sand.....soooooo, was it casting sand or Motorcraft Gold coolant all along that was the culprit? Or both?
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