The truck was pulled to the side of the road and shut off. Please investigate this major problem with Ford trucks and other vehicles with the 7. It only happened when I was over 55 mph and it only happened when I was hauling. I got diagnostics done and the head gaskets blew. Vehicle ran rough lost power. The vehicle has had three computer program updates - none of which has fixed the problem.
My concerns are what will happen when the warranty runs out and I need to pay 1500 for a turbo or new engine or injectors. I think that is because he was not hauling a trailer and that's the only time the problem occurred. The dealer performed a diagnostic which located the failure at the egr exhaust system valve but the dealer did not replace the egr valve. After it was restarted the engine began to pick up rpm. On two separate occasions the consumer was unable to backup an incline.
It was determined that the engine failed again. When he put it all back together and test drove it, he found an exhaust leak from the ebp sensor and tube. If it is, the turbo caused the failure and we are beeing told that the warrenty on the new engine will not cover the damage. At that point the egnition was shut off and the key removed. . The truck is currently parked and undriveable. From looking at all the other posts and living in michigan with winter salt, Ford has recalled many of their vehicles due to rust and corrosion of various componants that could cause a accident or death.
He had to bore out and hone all the cylinders, replace all 4 valves in cylinder 3 head, replace all pistons, replace the main bearing and rod bearing, update the oil cooler and replace 8 pistons and 6 head gaskets. My spouse was nearly rear ended by a hay truck while trying to get onto the highway. It finally stalled and completely shut off in the middle of traffic and I had to coast to the side of the road where white smoke started pouring out from under the hood. The vehicle was later driven to the dealer, who replaced and reprogrammed the turbo-charger. Customer care and was told that the truck was out of warranty and that the cost to repair 1500. He found low oil pressure and when he removed the oil pan from the chassis, he found piston material in the oil pump.
I specifically asked, that why would they not recall a part they know is not efficient? This occurred at various speeds, and in all incidents the vehicle restarted. The fire was extinguised before it comsumed the entire vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted and denied assistance with the repairs due to the age of the vehicle. The engine was checked for any visual problems and then started again. After many attemps to restart the engine I was helped to push the vehicle off to the side of the road where it sat for about 45 minutes and after a final attempt it started as normal and has been running fine since. Was at the dealer ship for over 5 weeks getting engine replaced.
Ford warranties diesel engines to 5 year 100,000. My entire rig - truck, trailer and horses, had to be towed home and then the truck towed to the mechanic. Lots of exhaust smoke came from the tail pipe but there was no power. I had taken the truck to the mechanic before the big breakdown described above and he couldn't find anything wrong. I was traveling on the highway around 45mph when the truck just shut off and due to no power steering I was unable to pull of to the side of the road.
The consumer stated the vehicle lost power and white smoke emitted from the tailpipe. Also the temp at the time was around 20 degrees f. The number 1 and number 3 injector had failed and there was a new oil leak. In March 2009, while towing a tractor, the truck lost power and again it emitted smoke and there was a harsh jerk. The engine continued to run! The consumer was told because an after market chip was installed in the vehicle, the engine would not be covered under warranty.
The vehicle has been taken to the dealer several times but they have been unable to correct the problem. He also noticed a delay of engagement from drive to reverse and the fuel gauge was stuck. I have contacted my dealer and they said this is a very common problem. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 111,000. After doing more research, I have since learned that this is a very common problem with the 6. They told me to get it to the nearest dealership. They said that the ejr coolants are not good on those trucks and most likely it gave out.
He removed the engine and found the pistons in cylinder 3 and 8 melted down. I pulled off the road and called Ford north scottsdale. The contact stated that the vehicle could not be started in cold weather. I can't imagine the problems we would have if driven 500 miles a week. The concern is the run away engine. In the fall of 2008, the vehicle developed an oil leak.
I took it to the dealer the next day and they said there was no problem with the truck. They cant stand behind their product or help their customer. This is a truck that has been babied and up to date for all maintenance. I am now afraid to drive thinking that it may stall again in heavy traffic and cause a crash. The engine did blow but no fire was started. The number 8 injector had failed, the transmission needed a new part and the fuel gauge needed a new sensor.