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Ford 6.0L Turbo Repair: Common Turbo Problems and Upgrades

6.0L Turbo Repair: Common Turbo Problems and Upgrades

When Ford 6.0l Power Stroke first appeared in 2004, it was considered revolutionary because it achieved quicker turbo response while meeting the strict emission regulations. At the time, it outdid competitors such as Chrysler’s Cummins and GM’s Duramax. However, the engine proved to be a little bit more volatile than expected, so ultimately it had to be recalled several times. Many problems that kept arising even lead to a number of class action lawsuits.

Still, 6.0l Power Stroke is still widely used today and it perfectly normal to say that it’s considerably safer and more efficient than back in the day.

How is that possible?

Because of the 6.0l fuel injector and turbo repairs, upgrades and parts replacement. Updated part replacements are usually of a better quality than the original parts, which contributed to greater efficiency,

Efficient repairs and upgrades achieved an extraordinary goal – they made 6.0l Power Stroke less prone to failure and increased its reliability.

Ford 6.0l Turbo Common Problems

A vital part of a 6.0l Power Stroke is its VGT - variable geometry turbocharger. This turbo manages to increase or decrease the effective volume of the turbine housing by using vanes. Ideally, this mechanism ensures reduced spool times and complete efficiency of the turbo. In practice, the vanes often get clogged with soot, while moving parts get worn out too quickly. These can cause serious damage and even total 6.0l turbo failure.

How to know you have this problem?

While you can’t see the carbon build-up unless you open up the engine, there are some tell-tale signs your 6.0l turbo began to stick. First of all, there will definitely be some lag in turbo response, meaning that spooling time will increase. This is a gradual change, so you might not notice it immediately.

Nevertheless, the computer on your 6.0l engine will definitely send forth a P0299 trouble code when things get rough. This code stands for ‘’underboost’’ condition in general; in the case of a Ford 6.0l engine, it means the turbo is filled with soot or worn-out parts.

Solving the problem with the VGT vanes can be done in a couple of ways. The turbo could be taken out and cleaned routinely, using a 6.0l diesel turbo cleaning kit. Or the engine could be run flat out for a while, after which the soot should be at least partially gone.

However, neither option is as efficient as a 6.0l turbo replacement, especially if we consider some more of 6.0l turbo common problems, such as bearing failure, during which pieces of shrapnel are sent into the cylinders. As a result, they cause engine damage.

6.0l turbo can even experience complete failure due to an insufficient oil drain tube. In this case, turbo failure comes as a result of oil cooking within the turbo. This danger was considerably reduced with the oil drain tube and oil passage upgrade in 2006 and 2007 models, which once again proved the quality added by the updates.

6.0l Turbo Replacements and Upgrades

There are a couple of reasons why the complete VGT system should be replaced with a more efficient technology rather than cleaned manually. Find out about some essential upgrades and why they are necessary.

Turbocharger Upgrades

You can boost horsepower and torque with 6.0l turbo upgrades and replacements. For example, replace your worn turbo with a Ford 6.0l Remanufactured Turbocharger or a Powerstroke 6.0l Stock Replacement Turbocharger. Consult your local mechanic for more information about different models, their year of remanufacturing and of course – ask for the most reliable one.

Intercooler Upgrades

As with all 6.0l factory parts, your factory intercooler is probably long gone and needs replacing. This is essential for the proper functioning of your turbo, especially if you like to get it really worked up. Don’t risk losing a good engine because the turbocharger didn’t get sufficient amounts of cool air. There are quite a few options available, including F250 & F350 Turbonetics Spearco Torque-Master 6.0L Intercoolers, F250 & F350 6.0L Banks Techni-Cooler Intercooler System, and more.

6.0L Super Duty Nitrous Kits & Water-Methanol Kits

With these chemical injection system upgrades, you can boost your 6.0l turbo to achieve greater fuel efficiency and get more power as a result. The best thing is, you can go for a basic kit and it will work like a charm. Ask your trusted mechanic about the best option for your truck’s application.

6.0L Turbo Repair, Replacement & Upgrades

Propulsion Control Engineering (PCE) provides a host of electro-mechanical and diesel repair services. We boast a full-service parts counter and superior repair of diesel fuel injection equipment. If you are in need of a 6.0l turbo repair, or you need parts replacement or upgrades, we have the skills and expertise to provide an outstanding service. Contact our San Diego office at (619) 235-0961.

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