TechTales Blog

Sometimes life really sucks if you own a 6.0L Powerstroke.  Don't get me wrong, I love working on them.  Let's be real here: there are some out there that nickle and dime you to death.  Some owners out there just get the lemons and those lemons require fixing often.  The Ford 6.0L Powerstroke engine has many common problems, but that is not what I am here writing about today.  Today is about catastrophic failures and/or mistakes.

67powerstroke oilleakCame across a few of these suckers...  unidentified oil leak coming from the front cover of a 6.7L PowerStroke in a 2013.  Covers front of oil pan with wet oil.  Hard to pinpoint the location.  Using florescent oil dyes, we made an assumption that it could be the front main seal.  We started a tear down to determine the root cause and devise an approach to repair it.

The topic of deleting someone's EGR system has be brought up to me several times.  Especially with the 6.0L diesel crowd. I thought I would talk a little about what some of the advantages and disadvantages of deleting the EGR coolers on the 6.0L Powerstroke, the 6.4L Powerstroke, and the 6.7L Powerstroke.

Have you ever wondered about venturing into a career in the automotive world? If so, I have something to tell you that may change your mind. I have 7 things to tell you to be exact. Hopefully you read this article before you make any rash decisions. If you know someone who is contemplating making a jump into this career, maybe you should share this article with them.

Wondering if you should get a Superchips programmer for your 7.3L Powerstroke?; I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a Superchips 1842 Flashpaq Tuner to review for your pleasure.; Lets just say: Yes, I know I am about 10 years behind the curve of these Superchips programmers.; Everyone speaks very highly of this programmer, so I decided to give it a try and see if it would help my lackluster 7.3L Powerstroke.

Well its been a long year.  This pretty much marks 's full second year, although it has only been open to the general public for about one year.  Non the less, everything is going pretty good. This site is fully self sufficient now and averages a whooping 6500 average unique visitors a month.  The best part is that the average visitor views several pages so hopefully I am helping someone out there.

I have some future plans for this place. I am going to be adding an addition, or subsection, of the site for my computer related articles that were previously hosted on a different page.  It never picked up steam like this site did.  Mostly the subsection is going to be used for storage of those articles.

I am also contemplating adding a way for visitors to add comments to articles, or at least the tech tales. I am always looking for a direction for a new article. Hopefully with the year winding down, so will all the other offline projects I have going. I have been an extremely busy person lately.  Work has so much things to do and I have been pulling overtime to try and catch up.  It never ends, tho.

So, today was pretty cool. 

We had a guy bring in his 2005 F350 6.0L diesel for a few issues.  The whole story, which we weren't originally informed of, was that less than a week ago he had a brand new Garrett turbo installed. This morning he was driving it an all of a sudden he hears a loud noise in which he describes as a "piston trying to get out".  After the noise, he experiences a lack of power and white smoke.  He brings this truck in and is complaining of it smoking like a freight train, rough cold start idle, and lack of power. 

I start it up and it seems fine with no smoke.  I pull out of the dealer and look behind me - nothing but a bluish white smoke.  As we all know on a diesel, a blue tint is is likely oil consumption and a white smoke is a lack of fuel or coolant being burned.  The truck has absolutely no power. I cant even power brake it and get the turbo to spool up.  I grab IDS notice the truck is not registering any boost on the map sensor.  I ask myself "wheres the boost?".  I pop the hood, look for any obvious CAC hose problems and find nothing but I noticed the turbo is brand new.  I decide to take the air cleaner housing off to watch the compressor housing spin - but it doesn't spin at all. After turning the truck off, I reach in and the compressor wheel spins freely.  We decide to remove the turbo and what I find is kind of astonishing.  I took a picture of it.   The exhaust side turbine housing broke clean off the shaft.  I had to cut his nice welded 4inch stainless steel exhaust to fish the turbine housing out of it.  It made it all the way to the muffler.  I do IMAGINE that made quite a loud noise as it spun that turbine at 15K+ RPM down that exhaust pipe.

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