The 6.0 Powerstroke diesel fuel injector failure could lead to big problems for you. For instance, your car would start to perform poorly. It would also be difficult to start the car and, let's not forget about poor fuel economy and white smoke. Hence, the smart thing to do when your Powerstroke injector fails is to replace it as soon as possible.
Now, you might get curious about two things; how would you know your Powerstroke is faulty? And what's the replacement cost? Well, as an auto-technician, I'll address some of the 6.0 Powerstroke injector failure symptoms that you should look out for. I'll also tell you what the replacement cost is like. Curious much? Could you stick with me till the end? I promise it would be fun.
About Ford 6.0L Powerstroke diesel Injectors
Ford 6.0L Powerstroke diesel injectors are used with the Ford 6.0L Powerstroke engine. Like other high-quality Powerstroke injectors, this injector helps with fuel mileage. If you use ford 6.0L Powerstroke, this injector is your savior as it won't cause problems in your diesel engine. It is quite advantageous to your ford. Aside from improving fuel economy, your diesel injection delivers cleaner emissions. It also ensures that you rarely conduct fuel system maintenance.
How many injectors are in a 6.0 Powerstroke
If you're curious about the number of injectors in a 6.0 Powerstroke, here's the answer. There are eight injectors in a 6.0 Powerstroke. The eight injectors are installed equally on the passenger's side and the driver's side of the car. Four injectors are installed on the passenger's side of the car engine, and the remaining four are installed on the driver's side.
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6.0 Powerstroke injector failure symptoms
Injectors have a lot of benefits. It is a crucial aspect of your car. However, it can break down or fail. When this happens, it could result in serious car troubles if you are oblivious to the fact that your car is suffering from the effects of injection failure. To take your car to the nearest auto-technician as soon as possible when your injection fails, there are certain symptoms you should watch out for. They include;
Hard or no vehicle start:
This seems to be one of the most common symptoms of a 6.0 Powerstroke injection failure. Starting or driving your car to work suddenly feels like a chore. The reason? It becomes almost impossible to start the car immediately like before. When you try to fire on the engine, it cranks a lot before it finally responds. Sometimes, it might not respond at all, leaving you with no choice but to order an uber or something. Quite embarrassing, right! I know. That's why it's important to speed down to an auto technician's workshop to get your injection replaced as soon as it starts to fumble with your ability to start your car. The other thing you would notice besides the hard start is that your vehicle might tend to uneven idle.
You know there's a high chance your injection is faulty when you start to perceive the strong stench of fuel littered all over the cabin. It stems from the fact that the fuel would have leaked because of the inactive injection. When the injection becomes inactive, the injector won't stop the fuel from flowing out of it.
Poor Fuel Economy:
When your injection is perfect, you'll enjoy an amazing fuel economy. While you'll still need to buy fuel, you might not often frequent the fuel station. However, with a faulty injection, your car's fuel economy drastically drops. Consequently, your car begins to consume too much fuel, resulting in poor mileage.
Dirty Emissions and a lot of smoke:
Pay close attention to the emission from your car. When your injection functions perfectly, you probably might have noticed how clean the emission is, yeah? Well, the opposite happens once there's an injection failure. This is no thanks to injector deposits and clogged filters. They affect the fuel burn negatively such that the vehicle exhaust area becomes dirty. As a result, white smoke is generated from the pipe.
Check Engine Light:
Another symptom of an injector failure is that your check engine light comes on. Naturally, the check engine light isn't supposed to come on. But when it does, it's a sure indicator that something is wrong, mechanically or electrically, with your car. Often time, it is a pointer to a faulty injector. Turning on the check engine light is your car's computer's way of alerting you when there's an issue with your car. But like I said, seeing your check engine light does not 100% guarantee that the problem is your injector. So, you might want to run diagnostics first before jumping to the conclusion.
There you go! As soon as you notice these symptoms of faulty diesel fuel injectors, do not hesitate to reach out to a reliable auto-technician to help you replace your injector at a reasonable replacement cost.
How to test injectors on 6.0 Powerstroke
Most times, the problem you encounter with your car might be related to a bad injector. Other times, it might be connected to other defaults in your car. Either way, the first thing to do when you notice your car is starting to act up is to stop driving it. Take it from me as an auto-technician. If you keep driving the car without knowing the actual problem, you could seriously damage your favorite car. Now, if you think the symptom all points to a bad injector, you can run a manual test to determine which injector is the problem.
- Step One: Take out the air intake. This way, you'll easily access the injectors in the vehicle.
- Step two: Unplug all the injectors. Then, proceed to install the injectors one at a time.
- Step Three: Cycle your key and pay attention to the sound that each injector gives off. You are supposed to hear an even and crisp sound from the good injectors. Do this to all the injectors. The injector that gives off an uneven sound is the culprit that needs to be replaced.
How much does it cost to replace injectors on a 6.0 Powerstroke?
This is a straightforward question that requires a straightforward response. Hence, I'm not going to beat around the bush. For starters, the price for replacing injectors on a 6.0 Powerstroke depends on the ford version. For instance, replacing the injectors on a Ford F-350 would cost somewhere between $500 to about $6187. But for a Ford F-250, budget around $407 to $450. Note that this is excluding the labor price. In essence, you'll still have to pay the auto-technician for his services. That should cost about $140 to $176. However, this labor fee isn't absolute. It is merely speculation as different auto-technicians charge different prices to help you replace your injector.
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As earlier stated in this blog post, you should stop driving your car once you notice any of the above symptoms. Otherwise, you'll further cause harm to your car. A 6.0L Powerstroke failure should not be taken lightly. Unless you've got a lot of money to spend on another car, you should head down to the auto repair shop as soon as possible. Think of it like this! If you got sick in your body, you wouldn't wait a day to visit a doctor for a diagnosis and to get treated. So also, once your car starts to act up, do not hesitate to take it to the repair shop for diagnosis and repair.
James is a certified auto technician specializing in commercial vehicles. With 30 years of experience under his belt, James has encountered almost every type of automotive issue there is! Besides his day job at the repair shop, he is also an amateur race car driver.