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Ford 6.0 blown head gasket

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Cliffs: Truck blew head gaskets, I ordered a kit to replace gaskets, ARP studs and egr delete. Finally got everything installed, truck took forever to get started, and it is smoking(white/blue) really bad. I only ran it a minute or so, could it be water in the exhaust that is burning up? I called the only diesel mechanic in town other than the dealer to see if he would take a look at it. He said that since I did the egr delete kit, he legally could not touch my truck, wtf? He also said that without the egr, I would burn-up valves and head gaskets more, again wtf? What says the PBB?

un-abreviated story: In September I was headed back to Wyoming from the Dakota Territory Challenge in South Dakota, pulling my camper and my Jeep. The Jeep and camper weigh about 12,000 lbs and the Black Hills are only about 90 miles away. I was about 75 miles into the trip when I noticed my temp gauge was pegged, I pulled off the road and a big puff of white smoke came out the exhaust. I opened the hood and there was coolant everywhere. I called a friend with a lowboy to come and tow my truck home, when he got there I refilled the puke tank and tried to start the truck, but it was hydra-locked. Apparently the anti-freeze blew out the top of the degas tank, indicating head gaskets. I ordered ARP studs, gaskets, oil cooler, and a SCT tuner. I have not been able to work on it until this weekend do to work schedule. I got everything installed, and it took literally several battery drains and recharges to get it to fire up, and it smokes like crazy. I am hoping that it is just water in the exhaust that is burning out.

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What did you do for the EGR delete? Did you just weld it up?

You also will pull a P401 code for low airflow to the EGR

I have pulled everything apart on mine several times, besides pulling the heads. There are alot of variables on the 6.0, however how did it run when it started? Was it running rough?

Have you done these steps:

Check the clips on the injectors, make sure they are installed and tight.

How long has it been sitting? try draining the water seperator and add fresh fuel.

Look for fuel leaks under the filter assembly for the under hood filter.

Look under the turbo where the oil tube goes from the turbo to the cooler and check for leaks. Those hardlines can be a pita if you don't lube them.

Make sure all your connections are tight on the FICM

Also what year is your truck? Each year of the 6.0 had different and common issues.
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Do you have a boost gauge? Its common to not get the Turbo clamp seated correctly which will give loss of power and a hissing noise

Like he said, check the clamps and the Y-pipe, a gear wrench 10mm swivel 90* works great on those. I'm betting you had shitty stale fuel or not enough oil pressure from the HPOP to start it.

Also IIRC the FICM has to re-learn and there is some procedure for the turbo. I never did it.

Also if anyone reads this, i used liberal amounts of anti seize on everything. It's also a good time to clean up the turbo and add anti seize to the variable vanes on the hot side. There is a TSB for the turbo reconditioning.
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