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Old 10-06-2017, 02:10 PM
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Not going to argue that's not crazy expensive, but that's factory new, installed. 3yr unlimited miles for just over $5K. There's a mighty strong case for protecting oneself at $1600 on an 8yr/100K ESP (covering much more than just engine of course). In my case, I suspect it was that darn timing chain, but the dealer never did say (or tell) root cause.
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Not going to argue that's not crazy expensive, but that's factory new, installed. 3yr unlimited miles for just over $5K. There's a mighty strong case for protecting oneself at $1600 on an 8yr/100K ESP (covering much more than just engine of course). In my case, I suspect it was that darn timing chain, but the dealer never did say (or tell) root cause.
Agree with that for sure. I got a 4yr/48000 mile extended warranty when I bought my truck used. That's why I didn't have to pay for my new engine.

I'm looking to buy a new truck sometime soon. Just haven't decided if I want to wait for the 19's next year or not. I want to order a new truck this time so I can get every option I want, instead of looking for a used truck I like. The cost of replacement will likely keep me out of an Ecoboost, and in a 5.0 V8. I don't tow with any regularity anyways.
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I did some more digging, the guy that is going to be able to install for $1k, called another Ford, and was able to get the engine for $4990, so that saves me an additional $500 bux. Its been a busy week calling around, but it seems to have really helped. Now I need to figure out the turbos to buy for it, I seen both ebay and amazon having remans for $300 each, and new ones about $400 each. I think it would just be smart to put different ones since the ones on mine had the 125k miles on them.

I'm still waiting to hear back from Ford Corp to see if they will do anything, but I won't wait too much more, need to get the truck back on the road. The other thing I am validating is that the Core will be ok for Ford, especially since it has a hole in it.

Thanks for all the advice, i'll update you as I make progress.
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Man, I wish you the best of luck. I hope the swap goes smooth and you don't run in to any more expenses.
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most diesel shops that rebuild turbos could probably rebuild and balance your OEM turbos, just in case you want to consider that option. As an added benefit you could have the housings extrude honed for some additional flow.
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Okay, so here's my story. Know recall issue with 2011-2012 F-150s. Downshifts to first gear unexpectedly. I experience this problem. Ford says my VIN is not part of the recall.

Last week while on the highway at 65mph it drops down into first. Engine revs to 7k+ . Now have a loud rapping noise. Dealer says I need a new motor for the tune of $9500.

Mine is a 2012 3.5EB with 81k. I opened a case with Ford and got a polite email reply saying sorry dude but you're out of luck, have a nice day. I'm pissed.

Any of you guys have any advice fighting with Ford for anything similar ?

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Hey guys,

Sorry about the long stent. I finally got her back!!! So I had it towed from the Ford dealership, and that was quite the show. The tow truck driver couldn't get to the truck, so I had to move it out of their garage and into the lot. Their pristine garage suddenly changed. When I started it up, it ran, though rough, and it put out so much white smoke that it filled the entire shop and they had to open all the bay doors, was quite the site. She didn't run very well on 5 cylinders.

Took it to a country shop I found and we started the process. The block on the last cylinder closest to the firewall had a rectangular hole on both sides. The connecting rod had broke loose from the piston and began slapping around in the engine, knocking the sides out, guess the aluminum just didn't hold up. Anyway I got a new motor from Ford with 3 year warranty for a total of $5400. New engine came with Oil, Filter, Sparkplugs, Waterpump, and other odds and ends I didn't expect, but was happy it included.

There were other things that we needed Prices Rounded.
Such as Fuel Injector o-ring kit, $150.
Turbo Gaskets, $40
Drive belt $20
AC Belt $20
AC Gaskets $40
Antifreeze $30
Exhaust Nuts $14
Exhaust Studs $40
Refrigerant $12

I also purchased 2 new turbos for $350 each. It took quite a bit of work to get the old engine out. Lots and Lots of hoses for the turbos, then all the electrical. Radiator, Air Conditioner condenser, headlight units all had to come off. Bumper had to be loosened and dropped down.

We filled the bed of the truck with all the stuff that had to be taken off just to get the engine out
Labor just under $1300, and I was really happy with his work, great mechanic.

So All in, with $400 in tax, I am sitting at $8,200. So was it worth it? I now have a 2012 F150 Platinum Crew with max tow that I paid $22k for, now have $30k in it. Its is a very clean truck inside and out. So about 300 miles now on the engine and 125k on the body and drivetrain. To me, it was worth it.
Hmmmm that isn't supposed to be there, there is a matching one on the other side!
Here is the new one going in!
I have never had a nice truck in my life and I saved up for this one, granted it REALLY sucked to have to put $8k into it, but I am hoping she'll be around for 10 years. I appreciate all the comments and advice from yall.

Next thing I want to replace is the front struts, but i'll do that myself once spring/summer comes around and its not 12 degrees outside.
Wondering if an extra 1"-1.5" of Lift would make any noticeable difference on how she handles/tows?

Cheers!
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I'm sorry to hear that you had to go through this nightmare. Sounds like all of your shopping around really paid off though. I'm wondering if the previous owner just neglected service on the truck.
Was there any "fine print" about the 3 year warranty if the new engine wasn't installed by a dealer ( Ford)?
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I would really like to know what "really" caused this. On mine, the service manager said that there was sludge that they felt led to the failure. If that's true, then there NO way anyone should trust the Manufacturer's recommendation to change oil when the IOLM indicates an oil change - Ever. I have 100% compliance with all MFG recommendations, and was well within all limits, and at 68K, catastrophic failure - rod through the block.
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I am really thinking the cause of these blow outs are from fluids collected on the intercooler and/or piping.

you accelerate and suck the fluid quick and hydrolock the cylinder. The fact that none of us seem to hear any noises or issues and its just sudden, leads me to believe that is the case. Something is hydrolocking these pistons or the rods are just failing randomly from poor quality and just snap at random times and peple. way too many of us having this issue and it seems to all sound like the same story.
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