FORD F250, F350, F450, F550 SERIES DIESEL TRUCKS WITH 6.0 AND 6.4 LITER DIESEL ENGINES
Usually, diesel engines are extremely reliable and last much longer than gas engines. Not so with the Ford F250, Ford F350, Ford F450 and Ford F550 trucks equipped with 6.0 liter and 6.4 liter diesel engines. These engines are extremely problematic and have resulted in many California Lemon Law claims. The problems with these engines include, but are not limited to – check engine light continuously illuminated; defective turbo charger/CAC tubes; defective EGR systems; oil leaks; defective fuel injectors; blows black and white exhaust; lack of power; stalling; surging; sluggish; etc. Many of these engines exhibit more than one of these problems. Ironically, the 6.0 liter diesel and 6.4 liter diesel engines are made for towing but seem to exhibit most of their problems under load.
Ford Motor Company is fully aware of these problematic engines. Ford has issued numerous technical service bulletins and service campaigns related to these engines. These service bulletins and service campaigns have done little to address the many problems with the 6.0 and 6.4 liter diesel engines.
Unfortunately, many owners of these vehicles use them in their employment/businesses – construction, service, animal hauling, ranching, farming, etc. When one of these vehicles break down, it can have a devastating financial impact on the owner in lost wages/business. In addition, when these vehicles go out of warranty, engine repairs can cost thousands of dollars.
There is, however, one good thing about these Ford F250, F350, F450 and F550 engines – they are covered by a 5 year/100,000 mile warranty. So if you are having problems with a Ford diesel truck, the longer warranty period will allow more time in which to bring a California Lemon Law claim. And be aware that a California Lemon Law claim may be brought even if the vehicle is out of warranty.