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'08 F350 6.4 Powerstroke - snow in air box

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by BayStateGlenn, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. BayStateGlenn

    BayStateGlenn Member
    Messages: 42

    I posted this in the "Equipment and Truck Repair" forum but thought this might be a better place to post it. I have a customer that is :angry: with his $55K 2008 Ford. Plowing snow his truck lost all power. He found the air filter sopping wet. He took it out and drained quite a bit of water from inside of it to continue plowing but eventually had to run with no air filter. The next day it was a tow to the dealership after the truck wouldn't start. The dealer got the truck running and suggested a bra to keep the snow out. What a joke. Any better ideas?
  2. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    our fords have the same problems but not as bad as your buddy the "check air filter" light comes on and stays on i am guessing snow gets jammed into the sensor or something.
  3. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I plugged the filter on my 05 one time and we plow alot. Although we've only had one "real" snowfall, I hope this isn't a problem with the 08's...........
  4. PITCH

    PITCH Member
    from hamburg
    Messages: 86

    Fix Or Repair Daily

    What A Shame
  5. TEX

    TEX Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    way to go ford way to go
  6. A Man

    A Man Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    I have a 2008 f350 and had the same problem, it was bad, saying it was wet in the air box would be an understatement, it was completely full of snow, and I couldn't get the truck started, I had to pull the air filter clean out all the snow and ice and then dry off the air intake sensor with a propane torch, I put the bra on and it hasn't happened since but still total bull$&*%. Anyone know what the dealerships are saying?
  7. kc2006

    kc2006 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Not sure how the new trucks are set up, but on my 96 I took the stock air box off and made my own "cold air" set up. The older stock boxes didnt seal well and would let dust in. A large canister K&N filter and some 4" metal tubing was all it took.

    Maybe make one for your trucks? You can even make a little aluminum box to shield the filter, thats what i plan on doing, just no time. Give you some more HP too, get alot more flow down that boy.
  8. Green Grass

    Green Grass PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,577

    Ford makes a plastic cover that is supposed to cover the inlet to block the snow if you bought a truck with plow prep it should have came with the cover
  9. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Why am I not surpized? I am being to hate these new 6.4 more and more.
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,237

    I would stay away from K&N filters, there's some research that I can't ever remember where it is showing why they get more flow.

    As for the 6.0's, you don't need anymore airflow until you start running more than 500 RWHP.

    Not sure on the 6.4's, maybe check out FTE and see if any of the guys over there have a solution. Sounds like another splendid bit of engineering on Ford's part once again.
  11. stcroixjoe

    stcroixjoe Senior Member
    Messages: 263


    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    do you run a snow deflector on the plow

  13. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I knew a guy that worked at some sort of test track in Sault Ste Marie or somewher close to there. They would test vehicles for the big three - tires, endurence etc..

    One of the tests was snow injestion - they road around for hours towing tires on the ground in front of vehicles being tested.

    Ford has so much logic that the only thing I can come up with is this:

    The truck being tested had the Continental Tires on it. The track had snow on it. Within a few laps the truck crashed due to slip slidin on those fine tires. Well they tried over and over again with the same results, truck crashes. Well those engineers figure they crashed 100 trucks but did technically complete the 500 lap test of snow injestion with no problems so obviously there couldn't be a snow injestion problem.........
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,237

    That's hilarious, framer. I see we share the same opinions of Ford's 'engineers'. :nod:
  15. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    GM has a TSB out for this on the new trucks as well. I think they are going towards cold air intakes but forgot about snow
  16. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    "First on Race Day" :dizzy:
  17. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    That's what I thought it was..:waving:

    loss of power while plowing..snow cloged filter..
  18. HKusp

    HKusp Member
    Messages: 33

    Sell that 6.4 and get a nice 7.3 with a 6637 filter and be done with it.
  19. rancherman84

    rancherman84 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    better yet get an old mechanical 7.3 IDI with a banks turbo and solve all your electrcal,and filter plugging problems.oh yeah no payment book also:)
  20. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Mine did clog up the other nite. I was plowing a road with 4-6" on it, the road is 4-5 miles long total and oppps no snow deflector. Get the little warning lite to check the filter.

    It ran ok, just sucked down the fuel it seemed though. Next day checked the filter and reset the plugged filter thing whatever it is and no prioblems. Heck I can't even tell where the air comes in at, don't really care though...................

    It starts, it moves snow, my mirrors defrost and my heated seats work - now when the seats stop working then its time for a change.