The Ford 6.0L Powerstroke Diesel engine first debuted alongside the reliable old 7.3L in 2003, and then replaced it completely in 2004. At first, it seemed to revolutionize the Ford Diesel trucks. However, it very quickly became apparent that some of the engineering fell down badly, with poorly designed parts, cheap materials, and a general lack of quality that produced many unhappy Ford customers and some class-action lawsuits against the company. The problems arise mostly in replaceable parts, and often arise early in the engine’s life. Most of the trucks on the road now are more reliable than when they came off the showroom floor, due to the problem parts failing quickly and being replaced with better constructed parts.
It’s Critical to Catch Issues Sooner rather Than Later
In 2008, Ford then released the 6.4L Powerstroke, and Ford customers were hopeful that this engine would not suffer the extensive problems of the 6.0, but this was not the case. Some of the same issues cropped up, plus some new ones, and made many people want to give up on Fords new diesels altogether. Many of the issues can be repaired, and if it is caught early, it doesn’t necessarily need to cost you too much money. Once the faulty parts are replaced by better engineered, higher quality ones, both engines are good to go for years, as the basic Diesel engine has the same Ford diesel longevity once these issues are resolved.
At National Mechanix, We Can Help
The team at National Mechanix is extremely experienced when it comes to ironing out 6.0 and 6.4 Powerstroke issues, and we have all parts on hand in our workshop – so there is no need for you to wait for parts to be ordered. Our diesel repair technicians know all the common failures and the symptoms of these failures, so we can save you time and money.
There are some common problems to check if you own a Ford 6.0L or 6.4L. If you feel things aren’t right in your engine, don’t keep driving and hope it will all be good, give National Mechanix a call and speak to one of our experienced diesel repair technicians about the problem. Below are some of the common problems that our staff are well equipped to handle when it comes to your diesel repair.
We Can Help by Doing a Complete Oil Change
Oil Cooler failure can be an expensive problem in the 6.0. Residual sand, after-casting and poor quality oil can cause blockages. Not only that, but the gaskets have also been known to fail because of this. To prevent failure, change the oil as recommended with a quality oil, and fit an genuine OEM oil filter, which National Mechanix has in stock and is easily replaced by our experienced diesel repair technicians.
Ruptured EGR Coolers result from coolant entering the exhaust manifold. Especially in the later 6.0 model, it can easily block if soot goes into the coolant. All models of the 6.0 and 6.4 are prone to blockages, so regular attention at every servicing is a must. If one or both of the Coolers fail, replacing with aftermarket Coolers will dramatically alleviate the issue.
We Have The Skills and Experience Necessary to get the Job Done
The original ICP and IPR sensors commonly fail, so if you haven’t had yours checked yet then let our National Mechanix staff know; replacing them before they fail will save you a lot of time.
Frequent DPF regen in the 6.4 often leads to rapidly elevated oil levels, so if you do a lot of towing with these trucks, you have to be rigorous when it comes to servicing. If anything, service more regularly than recommended to make sure you stay on top of this. Bring your truck in to National Mechanix and tell the staff how often you use it for towing.
If any modifications or parts replacements are undertaken, make sure the TTY head bolts are replaced, as the factory bolts are only designed for one use. Our diesel repair technicians know to do this of course.
Don’t take your Ford 6.0 or 6.4L to a mechanic who isn’t experienced in handling the unique issues these trucks suffer from. Come and see our experienced staff at National Mechanix, we have the expertise and all the necessary parts on hand. We’ll save you time, money, and restore your truck to reliability, so you don’t have to worry about it continually breaking down.
“A really good mechanic is sometimes hard to find! When you find that someone, you really want to make them your go to person for anything and everything related to your car. Trust is of the utmost importance as well as knowing that the work / cost value relationship is key. At National Mechanix, Kyle and his team are just all of that. They fix it right the first time, they are concerned that you are pleased with the work, they follow up after the work has been done, and always explains your options / costs so that you know where you stand. We have referred a number of people and have had nothing except positive feedback for their experiences with Kyle and his team. Go out of your way if need be when you are looking for someone you can trust. National Mechanix is one of those places!” – Mike E.