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Old 08-09-2009, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ALL 6.0s NEED A COOLANT FILTER!!!!

After driving around with blown head gaskets for a few months back in early '05 I must have run 30 gallons of coolant though it before I got it fixed. Then Ford flushed it when they fixed it and since then, I've flushed it three more times. I thought I shouldn't need a coolant filter kit with how many times my trucks had the coolant flushed and changed, there shouldn't be anymore crap in there right?

Well last month I installed a coolant filter kit and ran the first filter for about 1500 miles before changing it. I thought I could run the first filter longer because of how many flushes I had before. I still had good coolant flow through the filter because I could see it flowing into the degas bottle, but wanted to see what was in the filter so far.

I was shocked when I cut the filter open. There was about half an inch of rusty silty mud in the bottom of the filter with a few big clods of grity sand. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it. These engines have a lot of dirt it the cooling systems and flushing them won't get them clean, only a filter will!! Totally worth the money!!

If you don't have one, you need to get one trust me.
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Actually, all Ford 6.0 PSD's come from the factory with a coolant filter.

Unfortunately, it's the oil cooler.
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Generally, what mileage do you usually start seeing or getting the symptoms of a restriction?

Also, where is the oil cooler filter located?

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its under the oil filter... you have to take off a few things to get to it... im procrastinating on putting mine in....
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Generally, what mileage do you usually start seeing or getting the symptoms of a restriction?

Also, where is the oil cooler filter located?

Thanks AGAIN

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There isn't a filter in the oil cooler. I think Albin was being sarcastic when he said that the oil filter is the coolant filter as it seems to plug up due to the cr****p in the cooling system. Best plan is to buy and install a coolant filter kit. Mine is coming!
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There isn't a filter in the oil cooler. I think Albin was being sarcastic when he said that the oil filter is the coolant filter as it seems to plug up due to the cr****p in the cooling system. Best plan is to buy and install a coolant filter kit. Mine is coming!
Correct.

Here's a pic of a plugged up oil cooler. Pretty much acts like a coolant filter when it's plugged up.
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Yeah the oil cooler is a coolant filter, just a very expensive one after it gets plugged!!! The add on one is better, and cheaper.
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Just ordered the kit for my 06 F250. Its actually in the shop for the first time @ 76k miles because it was loosing coolant for the first time since brand new. How do I make sure Ford does what they are supposed to with the EGR and oil cooler?
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So you usually start seeing restrictions at 70-80K miles?
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So you usually start seeing restrictions at 70-80K miles?
The pic of the oil cooler that's plugged up that I showed earlier came out of an '04 PSD with 44k miles on it at the time the oil cooler was replaced.
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It was the best money I ever spent on this truck. If OTR trucks have them, it's a good idea to run them on ours too.
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Where does one get a filter kit?
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Where does one get a filter kit?
Make your own or buy a kit. I've done both and installing the kit was far easier and not much more expensive, certainly not worth the time, IMO.

Most of the major diesel vendors have a kit. The on I like is from Dieselsite.com here: DIESELSITE&reg Products - Coolant Filtration Systems
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do you lose any coolant on the filter changes? should I pick a gallon up or just monitor the low level mark on the degaus bottle? my coolant filter kit came today.
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I have an 07 still under warranty - does anyone know if Ford sees the installation of a filter kit as an excuse to void warranty?
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