head gasket

vacarunner
0

Asked by vacarunner Mar 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM about the 2004 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 4WD Crew Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have the v8 6.0l powerstroke (powerbroke) engine and im learning that there is a major problem with the head gaskets blowing i would like to do some preventitive maintance and change those out before it kills my engine what kind of upgrades are out there to fix the problem

4 Answers

Jamil Mizirawi
115

There are a couple of things you can do to prevent this from happening. There are a couple of reasons the gaskets blow so there is no single fix for it. Head studs, fire ringing and machined heads are advisable if you are going to be putting down some serious hp. another reason they blow is b/c coolant gets into the cumbustion chamber from the egr, and/or oil-to-water cooler. there are egr delete kits that fix the problem but may put up a code in the computer or you can buy an upgraded unit from http://www.bulletproofdiesel.com/. They got what seems to be a good product as semi trucks have similar coolers.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
Thomas Ayre
45

i would just get some head studs and see how it goes

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
papa
Not Active

this is a common problem with the powerstroke engine,best fix i have seen is a thicker metal gasket,i know of some that put 2 gaskets on the 6.0,2 on each head,solved their problem.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
piet2job
10

Yes, there are upgrades starting with the EGR cooler. You need to replace it with an after market welded tubes instead of the fins (Dorman). The hot turbo exhaust has caused catastrophic failure in many of these 6.0L's because of the leaks created when it expands and contracts. Also replace the head bolts with ARP studs or equivalent. Check the coolant strainer for the oil cooler on top of the engine as they have been known to have material from the casting process impeding the flow of coolant. This oil cooler coolant and EGR Cooler coolant are in series. If the flow is to slow, the coolant will flash into steam from 900 degree F turbo exhaust .

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

F-350 Super Duty
Looking for a Used F-350 Super Duty in your area?
CarGurus has 22,076 nationwide F-350 Super Duty listings starting at $3,250.
ZIP:

Search Ford F-350 Super Duty Questions

Ford F-350 Super Duty Experts

#1 Bigbob Reece
Bigbob Reece
Reputation 300
#2 dvigano
dvigano
Reputation 260
#3 kbro
kbro
Reputation 200
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-250 Super Duty"
636 Great Deals out of 33,969 listings starting at $2,500
Used Dodge Ram Pickup 3500"
131 Great Deals out of 2,124 listings starting at $5,900
Used Ford F-150"
2,465 Great Deals out of 176,596 listings starting at $1,495
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD"
520 Great Deals out of 39,102 listings starting at $2,600
Used Dodge Ram Pickup 2500"
231 Great Deals out of 5,308 listings starting at $3,000
Used GMC Sierra 2500HD"
186 Great Deals out of 14,817 listings starting at $3,995
Used Chevrolet Silverado 3500"
29 Great Deals out of 696 listings starting at $5,900
Used Dodge Ram Pickup 1500"
807 Great Deals out of 15,667 listings starting at $1,977
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500"
2,218 Great Deals out of 170,654 listings starting at $950

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty For Sale
12,607 listings starting at $53,250
2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 1,928 listings starting at $29,751
2013 Ford F-350 Super Duty For Sale
27 Great Deals out of 425 listings starting at $13,900
2012 Ford F-350 Super Duty For Sale
53 Great Deals out of 821 listings starting at $20,900
2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty For Sale
54 Great Deals out of 834 listings starting at $12,900