Coolant Pressure / "Head Gasket" Test on a 6.0L Powerstroke
***PLEASE READ THIS!***
This test can help determine if your 6.0L (or any other engine really) has a blown head gasket. However, on a 6.0L it can also help determine OTHER issues as well, such as a bad EGR cooler, or in my case - it lead to diagnosing a bad OIL cooler!
In order to distinguish between a head gasket and an EGR issue, you have to take into account OTHER symptoms, such as coolant loss, smoke, and oil condition.
Overall PRESSURE is really NOT the problem! It's how QUICKLY it gets there! Your ove, this is NORMAL - especially if pulling a trailer or climbing a long grade. Overall pressure can climb to 15+psi simply due to combination of a full or overfilled system, and high (but normal) coolant temperature. Too much temperature and you will overpressure the system and overheat if you push it far enough!
More videos to come!
6.0 ARP head stud install cab on
This will be a tutorial on everything necessary to repair, machine and
install head gaskets with arp studs while the cab is still on! A long
procedures but doable. follow along on my page for all the links to the
many videos to come.
there will not be a link from the main page, so go to it exactly as above.
this is my business site and the 6.0 is a to serve as a guide for the
For anyone looking for the best places to buy parts:
Tousleyfordparts.com, the biggest ford dealer in the U.S. has oem parts for
at least 40% off your local dealers price!
As for ARP studs: newenglandperformanceproducts.com, the cheapest
How to Test Head Gasket
** Please see my other videos on this topic* Thx!
This video is intended for those who would like to know how to confirm a
damaged head gasket on a vehicle prior to making the decision to invest a
lot of money for repair. My apologies for the camera focus- next video I
will pay closer attention, but the information needed is viewable. Further
research should be done on the risks of overheating to the engine block and
such. This video is meant to simply show a 'how to' on the test method I
used quite often when professionally working on vehicles, the results of
which are based on chemistry and industry-standards of the time (1990's).
I hope you find this video useful. RI.
2007 Ford F250 4x4 6.0 Powerstroke Diesel Head Gasket Leak Test
Want to say thanks to 1PUGLIFE, and to POWERSTROKEHELP here on youtube for
coming up with this cheap PSI guage to help determine if my head gaskets
are blown on my truck. The final outcome isn't good. As you see in the
video a normal truck under a load should run somewhere around 6 to 8 PSI,
but my truck the PSI reached 17 PSI. Final conclusion is the truck is going
to need head gaskets. Total cost for the whole job is roughly $2200. I will
be installing new ARP Head Studs, Ford Head Gaskets, and other various misc
new gaskets when truck is apart. Truck currently has an EGR delete on it.
12 Ways of How To Test A Blown Head Gasket Compared- PART1
In this video series I scientifically compare many methods of testing for a
head gasket failure / cracked block / warped cylinder head. The tests range
from established professional tests with sophisticated equipment down to
some crazy shadetree mechanic type tests and we'll see how accurate they
Part 2 can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwiIpTIrBaE
Ford 6.0 Powerstroke Diesel Old Nasty Oil Cooler Removed and Flow Tested Pt. 2
I finally got the old oil cooler removed from my truck. As you can see I
installed the new used low milage oil cooler into the oil cooler housing
assembly. The biggest part of this job was cleaning the grease and dirt off
the oil cooler housing. I flow tested the old oil cooler and nothing but
rust and crap came out of it. The last owner neglected the cooling system
big time. The oil cooler is very often overlooked on the 6.0. You need to
have a scan guage or a scanner with live engine data to see oil temperature
on a 6.0. Ford uses an idiot guage for the oil temperature. A plugged oil
cooler is often the main contributing factor leading to blown head gaskets
on the 6.0.
My 6.0L Powerstroke Oil Cooler Replacement
It had to be done...
2006 Ford F-350, 6.0L Powerstroke Diesel, ~130k miles. All original engine
except for the FICM, alternator, and the STC fitting. Only mods at the time
were a 3.5" down pipe to a 4" straight pipe.
Nothing actually FAILED, but it would have happened, so this was
technically preventative maintenance. This oil cooler issue caused high
coolant pressure as a result of isolated high temps in the EGR cooler,
which were caused by lack of coolant flow from the oil cooler! And of
course high oil temperature compared to the coolant temp...
Forging your 2003 - 2007 Ford 6.0L Powerstroke with Head Studs, Tuner, EGR Upgrade
Forge your 6.0L Ford Power Stroke using
ARP Head Studs
EGR Upgrade & Downpipe FLO-PRO
Sinister Coolant Filtration System
Fuel Pressure Regulator Upgrade
New Head Gaskets & Intake gasket, Reseal & Inspect High Pressure Oil Pump
and Oil Cooler
Resurface Cylinder Head & Clean and Inspect
Clean & Inspect turbo
SCT 3015 SF3