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Posted: 08/20/11 06:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Who's had them and what were the symptoms?

We are about 200 miles from home and have gone through 2 mountian passes at around 19k pounds combined. The truck overboosted 3 times on the way here. Had to pull over and reset the codes to get the power back every time. Getting both overboost and turbo underboost codes.

There has to be some sort of problem with the turbo vanes? I can't even put about two thirds throttle in it or it gets pissed off. The truck is stock and I would think I should be able to just floor it and let the computer handle it's self.

Truck runs fine unloaded.


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I've climbed hills at 22k+ GCVW, foot on the floor doing 25 mph and never had those symptoms. That's with a 6.0 in a 2006 F-250 crew cab.

Please keep us posted. I'm anxious to hear how this turns out.


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Maybe an air leak somewhere?


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I have had the 6.0 blues in 2004, my best friend has a 04 and it wont run at all and it only has about 40k. Its out of waranty because of time not miles. I now own a 08 psd and love it! Good luck keep us posted on solution.

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Sounds like the variable turbo vanes are sticking/coked or a worn out or sticking unison ring inside the turbo. I see this on a lot of low mileage low use trucks that sit a lot then get asked to work hard. Ford has a TSB, 09-16-5, on this issue with several different repairs depending on what is found when the turbo is dissembled. These are some the DTCs that usually get set. P0238, P0299, P0404, P0478, P2262 and/or P2263.


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This from Wikipedia....re: the 6.0 PSD

Some of the problems encountered, was the possibility of the variable geometry turbo charger to stick due to carbon deposits and/or rust buildup. This could potentially cause over boost and under boost conditions, which could lead to headgasket failure. Other problems include sticking EGR valves, restricted oil coolers, which lead to leaking EGR coolers. Numerous PCM (Powetrain Control Module) recalibrations, fuel injector stiction along with several other driveability and QC issues. The major problem with the 6.0L was the torque-to-yield head bolts, and poor head gasket design, both leading to a blown head gasket, and eventually a cracked cylinder head.


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When I lost mine on my '05 6.0, I had very little boost showing on the gauge, no power, and poor acceleration. Fortunately, I was just a few miles out of Riverton, WY, and managed to get to the Ford dealer there. Got first class service from them, only lost one day of the trip.


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FordMastertech wrote:

Sounds like the variable turbo vanes are sticking/coked or a worn out or sticking unison ring inside the turbo. I see this on a lot of low mileage low use trucks that sit a lot then get asked to work hard. Ford has a TSB, 09-16-5, on this issue with several different repairs depending on what is found when the turbo is dissembled. These are some the DTCs that usually get set. P0238, P0299, P0404, P0478, P2262 and/or P2263.


Exact same thing happened on my parents' '04 6.0. Truck would want to over-boost. Dad and I pulled the turbo out of the truck and separated the exhaust housing. Scrubbed the unison ring and the vanes with a couple scouring (scotch brite) pads and stuffed it back together. Worked like a champ after that.

If you've got some tools this is something that can be done on your own. The hardest part is getting the exhaust hooked back up to the turbo. This can be done in a parking lot in a few hours time.


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This from Wikipedia....re: the 6.0 PSD

Some of the problems encountered, was the possibility of the variable geometry turbo charger to stick due to carbon deposits and/or rust buildup. This could potentially cause over boost and under boost conditions, which could lead to headgasket failure. Other problems include sticking EGR valves, restricted oil coolers, which lead to leaking EGR coolers. Numerous PCM (Powetrain Control Module) recalibrations, fuel injector stiction along with several other driveability and QC issues. The major problem with the 6.0L was the torque-to-yield head bolts, and poor head gasket design, both leading to a blown head gasket, and eventually a cracked cylinder head.
And remember that ANYONE, including those with an axe to grind, can edit a Wikipedia page.

I have experienced none of these problems with my 6.0. I also work my truck hard and taking the dealer's advice, have blown the snot out of it on I-10 whenever possible. No sticky turbo, no overboost, no leaky EGR cooler, NOTHING.


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Just an idea, is the intercooler hose still hooked up? My dad's blew off on his 04, had almost no power.

If it was overboosting, it couldnt be the hose, but thought I would mention it.

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