Shadetree Automotive Mechanics and the Ford Power Stroke
We have a couple mechanics specifically trained in the diesel Ford Power
Stroke powertrain systems. Most importantly we have many years of experience
working on all the Power Stroke platforms, but we have also teamed up with the
local Dealer allowing our technicians to attend the factory Ford Power Stroke
Trainings. This allows us to stay ahead of all the changes and updates
that come out. Our factory training, aftermarket training and extensive
experience allows us to easily diagnose and repair any problem that may come up
on your truck.
The original 7.3l Power stroke is still known as one of the most reliable
platforms that Ford has introduced. They were known for some cold start
issues related to the glow plug systems, but other than that, they are a
reliable set up. We are still using a 2003 Ford F350 Super duty with the
good old 7.3 liter Power Stroke for our shop/ plow truck. Coming up on 400k
miles and still reliable as can be.
Ford switched to the much quieter 6.0l Power stroke around 2004. This is a great running engine but is known for a lot of common problems. The 6.0 liter has an Egr cooler that is prone to leaking. If caught early enough, it is not too big of a deal. If left too long, it causes all types of cooling system issues. Another common 6.0-liter Power stroke is failing head gaskets. The cylinder heads were designed with the valve train sitting on top of the cylinder head. The head bolts are longer than normal to go through the valve train and the cylinder head. This leaves the head bolts susceptible to stretching due to the heat produced by diesel and the boost from the turbo. Once the head bolts stretch, the head gaskets fail to cause cooling system issues. The good news is there is an update or even a bypass for the EGR cooler that cures that common failure. There is also a remedy for the common head gasket failures. When replacing the head gaskets, ARP makes a head stud to replace the factory head bolts. This has proven to be a much longer-lasting fix.