Before you purchase a Ford F-250 Super Duty, here’s what you should know. We’ll go through some of the most prevalent Super Duty issues, the expenses of fixing them, and preventive steps for owners. Many truck enthusiasts claim that Ford Super Duty F-250 vehicles are more dependable than F-150. We’ll walk you through some areas that are recommended by diesel mechanics to monitor in your F-250. With proper preventive maintenance and monitoring, you should be able to detect issues early on and avoid costly large repairs down the road.
Coolant seeping out of the engine
The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves on the F-250 Super Duty vehicles might leak coolant. When white smoke pours out of the tailpipe, the valves are leaking and need to be inspected. Another cause of coolant leakage is a broken thermostat bypass. The cooling system pressure may rise, leading the radiator to fail. If this occurs, the thermostat and radiator will need to be replaced. The cost of repairing these leaks might range between $700 and $1,700.
Pitting or cavitation in the liner
If the cooling system is neglected, the Super Duty diesel engines are prone to liner pitting. Air bubbles or ice develop on the engine’s water pump during cavitation, causing corrosion. Antifreeze, such as Nalcool or Caterpillar ELC, should be added to the current coolant regularly to avoid liner pitting, according to specialists. Antifreeze ranges in price from $60 to $200, which is less expensive than engine repairs or overhauls, which may cost upwards of $1,000. Antifreeze also repairs the corrosion-prevention coating.
Cylinder head ejection spark plug
The threads in the spark plug hole are damaged when a spark plug is ejected. When this occurs, Ford vehicle specialists advise that the cylinder head be replaced. On the internet, a cylinder head costs about $400. When cylinder heads fail, they cause greater oil consumption and extra engine maintenance costs because they govern airflow to the engine.
When your Super Duty is idle, you’ll hear a ticking sound, which means a spark plug will eject. Checking to make sure that the plug is tight enough is an essential mechanical precaution. When spark plugs get broken, some experts suggest replacing them with Heli-coils, which may be more dependable.
Shortage of power from the engine
A loose hose from the turbocharger to the intake manifold might cause this, resulting in a loss of engine boost pressure. A little tapping sound from the engine, which forewarns a probable major internal engine breakdown, is one symptom of impending loss of power.
Delamination in the diesel tank
Delamination occurs when minute metal and liner chips from the tank choke the diesel pump, and the blockage suffocates the engine and causes it to shut down. One option is to purchase a new tank, which may cost between $1,200 and $2,400, or repair the tank (not a long-term solution) for between $200 and $400. The disadvantage of the first option is that a new Ford tank may acquire the same issues in the long run. Repair shops are resolving the problem by installing a thicker liner on the problematic Ford tank.
Steering wheel vibrates when braking
If you find your steering wheel vibrates when you brake, bent rotors might be to blame. After an abrupt stop, brake pad material is exposed to very hot rotors and pressure, resulting in rough areas on the rotor’s surface. To save the rotor pads, which may cost up to $100, experts recommend gentle, smooth stops rather than harsh, abrupt braking while driving.
Before you buy a Ford F-250, you should be aware of these common problems. Then you will be able to ensure that you won’t run into any significant issues with your vehicle as you drive it.