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2012 6.7L powerstroke blown turbo! How F-d am I?

DFW Rusty

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Friday, We were driving home from Woodland Park Co. and blew my turbo on I25 south of Pueblo running about 85 mph. It went so hard it shook the truck, pulled over and a quick inspection showed a blown turbo boot. Truck limped to a gas station and idled until day light (had to keep my kids and wife warm) when the tow truck arrived. Right as the tow truck arrived my truck started to spool up so I shut it down. Didn't make any bad noises, and idled fine for about 3 hours sounding normal as could be except for the chirping coming from my turbo. Only symptoms I know of is that the exhaust side boot is blown out where it connects to the turbo, there is oil splattered around the boot and a black oily spot on the bottom of my hood where something hit it. Also, the oil pan is saturated in oil and this truck has never leaked a drop of oil. Someone said that this could turn into a MAJOR repair. I am already expecting about 5-6k to fix, but I am curious to know. Diesel shop said I should have an estimate in a day or so. I'm back in Texas and my truck is being moved from Spradley Ford to Optimal Diesel right now.

2012, F350, crew cab, king ranch, FX4, long bed, single rear wheel, 307k miles, original EVERYTHING (only water pump and radiator have been replaced since new).

I spoke with a diesel buddy over the weekend and he thinks the High pressure oil pump went out and probably knocked out the turbo. He said it's a pretty major job, but didn't know how much or to what extent I am looking at.

What say I4x4,
 
Friday, We were driving home from Woodland Park Co. and blew my turbo on I25 south of Pueblo running about 85 mph. It went so hard it shook the truck, pulled over and a quick inspection showed a blown turbo boot. Truck limped to a gas station and idled until day light (had to keep my kids and wife warm) when the tow truck arrived. Right as the tow truck arrived my truck started to spool up so I shut it down. Didn't make any bad noises, and idled fine for about 3 hours sounding normal as could be except for the chirping coming from my turbo. Only symptoms I know of is that the exhaust side boot is blown out where it connects to the turbo, there is oil splattered around the boot and a black oily spot on the bottom of my hood where something hit it. Also, the oil pan is saturated in oil and this truck has never leaked a drop of oil. Someone said that this could turn into a MAJOR repair. I am already expecting about 5-6k to fix, but I am curious to know. Diesel shop said I should have an estimate in a day or so. I'm back in Texas and my truck is being moved from Spradley Ford to Optimal Diesel right now.

2012, F350, crew cab, king ranch, FX4, long bed, single rear wheel, 307k miles, original EVERYTHING (only water pump and radiator have been replaced since new).

I spoke with a diesel buddy over the weekend and he thinks the High pressure oil pump went out and probably knocked out the turbo. He said it's a pretty major job, but didn't know how much or to what extent I am looking at.

What say I4x4,

I am not aware that a 6.7 has a HPOP?

Hard to say exactly what happened if the shaft broke, compressor wheel broke or the boot just blew off after the seal let go.

Get it to a reliable/trust worthy shop.

Turbo looks to be $1300-1500 so I would imagine at least that much in labor to install.
Doesn't really sound overly expensive.
 
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Hpop is only 6.0 for the injection system.

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Friday, We were driving home from Woodland Park Co. and blew my turbo on I25 south of Pueblo running about 85 mph. It went so hard it shook the truck, pulled over and a quick inspection showed a blown turbo boot. Truck limped to a gas station and idled until day light (had to keep my kids and wife warm) when the tow truck arrived. Right as the tow truck arrived my truck started to spool up so I shut it down. Didn't make any bad noises, and idled fine for about 3 hours sounding normal as could be except for the chirping coming from my turbo. Only symptoms I know of is that the exhaust side boot is blown out where it connects to the turbo, there is oil splattered around the boot and a black oily spot on the bottom of my hood where something hit it. Also, the oil pan is saturated in oil and this truck has never leaked a drop of oil. Someone said that this could turn into a MAJOR repair. I am already expecting about 5-6k to fix, but I am curious to know. Diesel shop said I should have an estimate in a day or so. I'm back in Texas and my truck is being moved from Spradley Ford to Optimal Diesel right now.

2012, F350, crew cab, king ranch, FX4, long bed, single rear wheel, 307k miles, original EVERYTHING (only water pump and radiator have been replaced since new).

I spoke with a diesel buddy over the weekend and he thinks the High pressure oil pump went out and probably knocked out the turbo. He said it's a pretty major job, but didn't know how much or to what extent I am looking at.

What say I4x4,

6.7 Fords do not have an HPOP so that's out. 2011-2012 trucks did have turbo problems with the dual boost turbo which is why they switched to the VGT in the 2015+. Not much else I can help on, but those turbos weren't known for being super reliable.

Here's a bit on the changes year to year : http://www.powerstrokehub.com/6.7-model-year-changes.html
 
If you go aftermarket on the turbo make sure you get the one built off of the latest ford revision. I just put a turbo on a customers 14 6.7l and he sourced the turbo, brought it back a couple weeks later with a weird surge and turbo flutter when the rpms got low in the higher gears right before it would downshift if you got into the throttle a little more. Turbo he got was a factory borg warner but was based on the original 11-14 6.7l design that ford updated for the exact same concern we are having. There is a bulletin out for it that i can find for you if youd like.
 
DODGED A GIANT BULLET!

Shop called and said the Crank Case filter was completely clogged and it over pressured the system causing the hose to fail! He said the turbo spins very freely with no play and the bearings feel very smooth. He said that the oil is from the back up caused by the filter and basically backed up the intercooler. He said this is actually not to big of a fix. He said that the turbo to intercooler hose is a cheap piece of Chinese plastic and that it doesn't take much to make it go boom.

He did say that the oil all over the bottom of the engine is from a leaky rear main and an oil pan gasket. I really thought my truck wasn't leaking, but he said he is sure of it and said he is willing to take pictures and send them to me to prove it.

Flush the intercooler,
replace turbo cold side pipe,
crank case filter replacement,
oil pan gasket,
rear main seal,
tranny service,
new oil filter,
new oil,
cleaning of oil off of everything
$1,697.00


I told them to get it done. He said it will be Friday or Monday before I can fly back to get it.
 
Buy a lotter ticket! Glad it didn't cost an arm/leg!
 
DODGED A GIANT BULLET!

Shop called and said the Crank Case filter was completely clogged and it over pressured the system causing the hose to fail! He said the turbo spins very freely with no play and the bearings feel very smooth. He said that the oil is from the back up caused by the filter and basically backed up the intercooler. He said this is actually not to big of a fix. He said that the turbo to intercooler hose is a cheap piece of Chinese plastic and that it doesn't take much to make it go boom.

He did say that the oil all over the bottom of the engine is from a leaky rear main and an oil pan gasket. I really thought my truck wasn't leaking, but he said he is sure of it and said he is willing to take pictures and send them to me to prove it.

Flush the intercooler,
replace turbo cold side pipe,
crank case filter replacement,
oil pan gasket,
rear main seal,
tranny service,
new oil filter,
new oil,
cleaning of oil off of everything
$1,697.00


I told them to get it done. He said it will be Friday or Monday before I can fly back to get it.

awesome!


what is your maintenance schedule like? 300k without major maintenance is impressive
 
awesome!


what is your maintenance schedule like? 300k without major maintenance is impressive

Oil change at every 7000 miles, fuel filter every 14000 miles, cheap throw away air filter every oil change ( I do it myself $20 from 4m auto parts vs $40 at oil change place). I dont have any aftermarket anything on the engine, all original, I've never let it run out of DEF ( as soon as the light comes one, I fill it up) and I make sure to use tow haul no matter what size trailer I haul and no matter how heavy it is. I'm the second owner of the truck and it's never had a tuner, and it's never been hotdogged, it was driven by an older guy who used it to haul an enclosed trailer with pump meters back and forth to west texas and he had all records when I bought the truck, I picked up the torch and have kept it maintained as well as og owner or better.

Optimal Diesel in Pueblo, Colorado. Seem like really good guys. They were referred by the tow truck driver and even the shop guy at the ford house in Pueblo.
 
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