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Old 01-12-2011, 06:59 PM
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2004 6.0 FICM, NEED HELP

I just recently had my truck in for head gasket replacement. $4700 later I have a new truck it seems, complete with ARP head studs and a Hypertech tuner that has improved fuel mileage beyond 19 MPG!!!!!
All is great................ Except, I apparently now have a FICM that is going bad. Can someone tell me what the signs are of the FICM going bad. I am told that cold weather starts are a sign, and I had a heck of a time getting it to start the last few mornings with the weather in the 30's.
Also, what will it hurt to drive it that way for about a month until the funds are recovered froom the above mentioned....

thanks in advance for any help guys...
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mine at start up would be blowing black smoke initally. you could rev it up and kind of had skipping feel about it. about being strapped for cash, i was the same way. tech in virginia (that just replaced my egr/oil cooler) told me if i got aFICM he would reflash if for free, but i was leaving for ga the next day. i chanced it, and ran it for another month. it finally went south and would not idle.

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Check the 6.0 tech folder at the beginning of this forum for the FICM test procedure. It can be done with a DVOM and a little help from a friend to turn the key. Anything below 45v and you have a bad FICM.
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Signs are Hard Starting, Shaking and Missing at idle dumping out Black Smoke, Loss of Power. The truck will seem like it is running on 4-6 cylinders and skipping. We have a 2005 Ford F250 6.0L with 350k miles and we are on our 3rd FICM.
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Signs are Hard Starting, Shaking and Missing at idle dumping out Black Smoke, Loss of Power. The truck will seem like it is running on 4-6 cylinders and skipping. We have a 2005 Ford F250 6.0L with 350k miles and we are on our 3rd FICM.
Did you replace the FICM at first sign of trouble each time or did you continue to drive it ( how far ) one or more times? How many injectors have required replacement ?
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We just replaced it each time, it was cheaper that way for us because we run the truck runs interstate on a weekly basis. If it goes down on the highway and we need to get towed with a 5th wheel trailer its twice the cost of the FICM. First time, we replace 2 injectors, 2nd time 1 injector and the last time none. The issues is if you don't just replace it this motor is so fn sensitive you just end up blowing injectors and make a $500 issue $2,000 quickly.
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