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Old 01-13-2014, 05:40 AM   #1
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I've owned this 2004 F350 since new and have had only an injector harness fail in her first 147,000 miles. The truck is bone stock and has never had a tuner/chip/exhaust mods.

As she enters her tenth year of service in my care, I know that I need to take care of some issues to maintain her durability and faithful service. I'm not going to sell her or trade her in as that is not in the budget and, frankly, seems unnecessary.

She started leaking diesel fuel from a component on the top front of the motor. The shop diagnosed it as a leaking fuel regulator and advised a rebuild kit is available at a cost of around $35.00 and that the repair would take appx 45 mins. His only caution was to beware of the spring within the regulator.

I'd like to do it myself. Anyone intimately familiar with this job and would like to offer advice? Should I source the rebuild kit from a Ford dealer or will a NAPA/Autozone kit be acceptable?

The next segment will be discussion about bypassing/removing the EGR.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:29 AM   #2
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My 6.0 is about to hit 250k. I just changed the egr valve. Huge difference.

Try to confirm the location of that fuel leak before you buy the kit. Sounds like an easy fix though.

I have not tuned mine with a chip or anything like that but I have installed a coolant filter and kept up with all fluid and filter changes religiously.

Good luck and let us know your progress. I think if kept stock these engines should last us a very long time. And the transmission is second to none of that generation.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:01 AM   #3
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My '04 6.0 had a fuel leak at the upper fuel filter/regulator housing recently, it was the o-ring on the cap.
The FD-4616 OEM fuel filter kit from Pep Boys or Autozone comes with the necessary o-rings and took 10 minutes to switch out.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:21 PM   #4
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2007 f250 4x4 four door, had a blown head gasket so I went big and did the egr delete, air cooled oil cooler, huge external oil filters, machined the block and heads and some other minor upgrades. All of this before 100k miles but I also tow a 14k toy hauler all around the US so not surprised. Have about 20k after all this with not one problem .

Seen more that a few case backhoes with the 6.0 lots and lots of hours on em so hopefully with all the SMOG stuff gone it'll be good to go. Ironically it seems to run far better and smoke a hole lot less with that stuff gone.
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:22 PM   #5
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Seen more that a few case backhoes with the 6.0 lots and lots of hours on em so hopefully with all the SMOG stuff gone it'll be good to go. Ironically it seems to run far better and smoke a hole lot less with that stuff gone.
Which backhoes had a 6.0 Powerstroke in them?
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:36 PM   #6
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We have an '03 or '04 F450 with the 6.0 at work. Pulls a 3-car trailer, never run without it. 100% trailer towing. Over 250k on it now. I think it has had one injector and a rear main seal.

Never heard of the 6.0 in a backhoe. Out of grins, which ones? I know some get the Cummins 4BT, just never heard of the 6.0 in them.
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:51 PM   #7
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Really I bet all you need is the oring on 3c3z9c065aa . I've changed a bunch of then about $5.00
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:52 PM   #8
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Really I bet all you need is the oring on 3c3z9c065aa . I've changed a bunch of then about $5.00
Exactly what I was getting at with confirming the location of the fuel leak.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:01 PM   #9
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I'm no longer in the market, but for some reason, it makes me happy to see that there are some folks who have 6.0 diesels that last. When I was shopping for a truck, there were used 6.0s in my range, but with all the gloom/doom about the head bolts, EGR problems and other major i$$ues people were having, I opted to avoid them. Would have loved to get a diesel, and the 6.0s are still cheap around here, but with the money I've sunk in to my current truck (and not in a good way), I'm in too deep to get rid of it.
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I've had two friends with 6.0's. One had his ECM re-flashed no fewer than 56 times to fix turbo and injection issues. Ford finally agreed to buy it back from him, but the truck was totaled two days later on an icy road on the way to the dealer. Insurance company bailed Ford out of that one.

The other guy hasn't had any issues at all. He doesn't have many miles on it, but he does tow with it. It runs pretty good, though it's not a fire breathing monster by any stretch.

Both are 2003 models.
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I have an 06 4 door 4wd with 135,000. No problems. I am always on top of fluid/filter changes. And services as outlined in the manual. Love this truck.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:34 PM   #12
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Really I bet all you need is the oring on 3c3z9c065aa . I've changed a bunch of then about $5.00
Hey, are E350 and F450 brake rotors interchangeable with F250?

Part # is different, but I wonder if they will fit to keep as spares.

I ended up with a stack of them new in the boxes.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:21 PM   #13
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I would install the whole rebuild kit if it's leaking and you need to go into it anyway. The old springs are a known issue..low fuel pressure in high demand situations.

Get the kit from Ford or International
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Hey, are E350 and F450 brake rotors interchangeable with F250?

Part # is different, but I wonder if they will fit to keep as spares.

I ended up with a stack of them new in the boxes.

If it 2wd The e350 might fit....maybe. The f450 not a chance
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:09 AM   #15
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The tech pointed out the leak (dripping while engine running ) and it is coming from the top front area just under/behind the boost pipe. He identified it as the "regulator".

I could take a photo if that helps.

Thanks for the guidance to this point.
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