The Ford 6.0 has become legendary for reliability issues pertaining to is design.
From the EGR to the FICM and every head gasket, injector, and turbo.
Truth be known – The 6.0 Ford Power-Stroke is as reliable as your 6.6 Duramax or 5.9 Cummings.
The Difference – The 6.0 Ford Power-Stroke must be Maintained
- Oil Changes – A good 15w40 Diesel oil must be used and changed every 5000 miles (religiously)
- Upgrades – If you are wanting to get more horses out of your 6.0 then you must
- Change the headbolts. The factory headbolts are specified to handle the power the factory originally intended.
- Fuel Filter must be changed every 10,000 miles to avoid injector issues.
Interview your Ford Diesel Mechanic. Make sure they are experienced and qualified to work on the 6.0
This is a Must. There is so much misinformation out there about the 6.0 power stroke. Most mechanics will fall for this
rhetoric and misdiagnose the most simple problems which will result in more money and more problems.
In addition the aftermarket vendors have a number of “Bullet Proofing” that is sold through dramatizing the rhetoric about the 6.0 Power Stroke.
EGR – Exhaust Gas Recirculation
- Emissions: Federal mandated regulations have been implemented to Clean the emissions from Diesel and Gas engines
- Ford along with Chrysler and GM must all adhere to these regulations. The designers and engineers all had to come up with an answer.
- So the EGR was introduced.
- Chrysler and GM’s design proved to be the best. Ford’s not so well.
The Answer – Removal. Legal? gray area. Where emissions testing is mandatory the system must be in place.
By Maintaining your motor – you will enjoy the benefits of the 6.0 Power Stroke for many years to come.
Here is a great ARTICLE on common issues and misconceptions related to the Ford 6.0 Power Stroke.