Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Early 6.7Ls..Do they really have Turbo problems?

asked by on

Really wanting a Ford Super Duty...but realistically, the '11s and 12's are the only ones in my price range. I've heard lots of rumors that these two years had a lot of Turbocharger problems, but I'm curious, is this a thing? I dont want to be out $4k after I just spent $40k on a truck.

My car has 60000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: This is a question that will vary widely de...

This is a question that will vary widely depending on who you ask and is often times subject to bias. With that being said, however there are some commonly known problems (as with any new model car or truck) that the early model 6.7L Ford Diesels have experienced.

One of which you have already heard about is the turbo system. Many suspect that this is a result of Ford trying to produce more power out of a smaller turbo causing them to be overworked and creating a tendency for them to burn up.

Keep in mind this has a lot to do also with driver habits as well. If you are planning to use it to haul heavy loads and push it to it's limits often, this may a concern for you. However, if you don't need this kind of dramatic power and plan to use it for basic hauling and drive reasonably, this should not be an issue.

Related to this, there are also some common coolant leaks that these trucks can have as well as a result of turbo base coolant leaks.

Finally, one other issue that has been a frequent problem on these trucks is the EGT (Exhaust Gas Temp) sensor which has been known to fail causing Check Engine Lights to come on frequently. This is an issue that Ford has extended a warranty on due to it's frequency.

Once you find the right truck for you. I would recommend having one of our mobile technicians perform a pre-purchase inspection on the car to assess its overall condition and give you some peace of mind with your investment. Best of luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Celica won't go into 2,4 gear. Owner said its a cable that is broke and needs to be replaced.

Hello. Yes, a broken, or loose shifter cable could cause the inability to catch 2nd and 4th gear. I would recommend having a pre-purchase car inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come...

Q: AC is not blowing cold and a plastic-like smell when AC is on.

There are different possibilities that could contribute to the plastic smell. The smell could be caused by a coolant leak, an electrical issue, the A/C compressor overheating, or simply an outside smell. Sometimes, plastic bags tend to get stuck...

Q: Car blowing hot air

Hi. Symptoms such as these are commonly caused by a failed blend door actuator. The blend door actuator is the component that shifts the system from blowing hot air to cold air, if it fails in the hot position, it...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...