Fixing Head Gasket Problems on a 6.0 Powerstroke

Owners of the Super Duty pickup from Ford may likely have experienced the issue with the head gasket. This could be blamed to the faulty design of the head, where the head bolts are not sufficient for keeping the head on the block nicely. Your most likely option is to have it repaired by a professional, but could also prove to be problematic when the head gasket installation came from poor practice. On the other hand, there are a few things that you could resort to on resolving this issue.

A common mistake during head gasket replacement is that the newly installed ones are not perfectly flat. It is of utmost importance to leave a very small gap between the head surface and block. This is because such engine utilizes a multi-layered steel gasket. While Ford claims that it could be used again as long as there are less than two thousands warped, it may not work out quite well. Once a warped spot is existent on the block or head, the head gasket could easily move and allow combustion gas to enter the engine’s coolant system.

Another problem why the head gasket fails is because of weak factory heads studs. Added stress from heavy towing could stretch these studs, which makes them move. In addition, such head bolts are not reusable, so it’s not advisable to replace your head bolts with these, as you’ll just be wasting money having them replaced again in the future. The better idea is to raise your budget for head bolts by getting arp headbolts. Such head bolts would provide the head an improved clamp load. This would also hold the head much better, keeping it secured.

One thing you need to keep in mind, though, is that fixing the head gasket of a 6.0 Powerstroke should be done correctly, otherwise it will have to be fixed from scratch.

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