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Turbo-Hose Trouble

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

I had troubles with the turbocharger hose blowing off the hot side of the turbo to the intercooler on my 1999 Ford F-350 crew cab. This happened several times when I had the fifth-wheel in tow, the cruise control on and/or at 75 mph. I even had it blow off when I accelerated hard one hot evening.

Ford replaced the entire hose, connectors and all. The hose and hardware were from the 2000-model diesel. This included the spring-loaded clamps to connect the rubber to the aluminum hose. The reason was that the rubber connector hoses would not stay under the clamps with the combination of the high heat and the crankcase oil blow by. Since I had the hose and related parts replaced, I have not had any troubles. I now have 109,000 miles on it.

— D.M., Centennial, Colorado

Thanks for the info, D.M. This is an update that should be done to any of the pre-2000 model Power Strokes that have been affected by this problem.

— K.F.

Ken Freund’s more than three decades of auto-repair experience and 20-plus years of RVing helped him author numerous books and articles on vehicle repair. In addition to RV Clinic and Performance, he writes the Powertrain column in MotorHome magazine. Ken has been a California Automotive VO-Tech and Smog-Test Program Instructor and an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician.

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