2004 f550 6 litre in shop again

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Jamie James, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    I bought a F550 last year and it seems like every 3 months another problem comes up. Its great when its running but taking it to ford is killing me. Last week I put a Fuel injection control module in, plus the tow $1000.00 then just yesturday the truck ran rough and died on me, had to tow to ford and that was $200.00 plus they have not called me with the problem yet. The season is new and Im going broke,,,,,

    I think I might let her go and get a GMC 2500 hd what do you think.....

    Any answers,,,,,,,, :canadaflag::usflag:

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  2. castlerockmo

    castlerockmo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 867

    Man that sucks that 03-04 6.0 was real bad I have an 05 and it so far it has been great the 2 years I have had it. That engine is the reason Ford is now going to make thier own. I will say that if they stay running they are awsome pulling loads atleast mine is!

    Sorry to hear that! But I am a ford man throug and through so when mine kills over I will just get another one.
  3. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,662

    I thought everyone knew way before last year, to stay away from those 6.0 liter Fords. I guess word did not get up there to your part of the world.
    Sorry to hear about your trouble, but it will not get better, and, you are probably stuck with that truck now. All you can do is lean on Ford for whatever help you might be able to squeeze out of them. Thety know they have a problem with that engine, so you might be able to get some warranty help with it.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    1. Your truck's model year is too recent, and you can't afford it.
    2. Taking it to the dealership.

    Now what I've been preaching is save your money and once you have enough
    put aside go out and buy a used truck that's around 12-16 years old.
    Pay for the whole thing right there, cash, over and done, now it's all yours.

    Then, learn how to work on it yourself.

    And if it craps out on you completely the first day at least you don't need to make payments on it.
  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    Does this truck have the fuel tank behind the rear axle ? If so the tank might be delaminating and these particals are going to destroy your injectors and fuel pump. If you pull the pump off the top of the tank swab the inside and see if anything comes up. If this is the problem you will need a new fuel tank , pump and back flush the fuel, and injectionn system. About 2k to do all of this. 6.0 motors need clean fuel, make sure you change fuel filters often. Also call Ford customer care and raise hell. 1-800-631-3788 ext 7243. There is also a class action suite against Ford for this. Kinda crazy that putting diesel fuel in your diesel truck will cause the tank to delaminate. Gotta love Ford !
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    fords are great, those engines were crap. sorry to hear man, i would also raise super hell and or get rid of it for what you can now,a nd get a 6.4 or 7.3
  7. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    Should I call ford and explain the problem, also they did have a recall on those engines, mine was not one of the 180 thousand on the list, but strange it was the same problem with the recall, FICM............
  8. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    That's funny, haven't had the first problem with mine.............a Dodge 1500!!!!:clapping::clapping::clapping:Just had to.:laugh::laugh::laugh:My question is this, "If you needed an F550 to start with, how can you get by with a 2500?" That's a big difference in truck.:confused:
  9. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,385

    As far as I know there was no recall on the fuel tank. There should be a TSB . I would ask your dealer if they have checked for this problem. Does the truck have the fuel tank behind the rear axle ?
  10. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 371

    Completley, totally agreed!

    Part of why this economy is such a mess now is that so many folks worship the "new" factor. And live their entire lives in debt trying to keep up.

    Now - if that's not your situation, that's good, but you still have a troublesome truck to deal with. Sorry about this, the 6.0's issues are well documented, especially from the MY '03 - '04. In your case if it's costing you down time I would consider something else - but be brand-blind as you do. Good luck.

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