6.0 Oil Cooler Relocation Kit | Ford Upgrade: Along with keeping the parts of your vehicle lubricated, motor oil also keeps the engine cool. The oil absorbs extra heat while passing around the combustion chamber and through the cylinder head.
This heat is then transferred to the engine block. This transfer of heat between the oil, coolant, and ant block keeps most of the engines under control.
The 6.0 Powerstroke engine upgraded itself by adding an extra cooler that would directly absorb the oil’s heat. This was naturally an effective innovation, but a series of failures were also spotted in this engine. To overcome those, either the 6.0 oil cooler needed a complete upgrade or an installation of a 6.0 oil cooler relocation kit was required.
Common problems faced with stock Powerstroke oil coolers
The upgrade 6.01 Powerstroke engine uses an oil-to-water cooler. A series of tiny chambers are present inside the cooler through which the oil and coolant pass. In this process, the heat is transferred from the oil to the coolant, and the radiator radiates this heat from the coolant. This was also a very effective design, but overheating problems and other mechanical problems crept in, soon resulting in frequent engine failures.
Since the passages in the cooler are very small, they are prone to clogging easily. The contaminants arising from corrosion, gasket materials, and additives can make way to the cooler, blocking these passages. On the oil side, these blockages are caused by soot, sludge, and dirt deposition.
The oil cooler’s position is exposed to a huge amount of heat. Naturally, the cooling capability drops, and this puts more pressure on the cooling block. Because of this excess heat, cracks in the walls of the fluid passages may occur. This causes oil spilling over the coolant to produce a mixture of both. This sticky mixture that is made hinders the lubrication system or the cooling system and sometimes both.
The oil cooler feeds the high-pressure oil pump (HPOP) directly. Over time, the HPOP’s filter screen gets damaged. For a functioning pump, the debris accumulation passing through the broken filter is fatal. It can easily move to the injector supply lines and clog them.
Symptoms of a bad oil cooler
A perfectly working cooler drives the oil temperature and the coolant temperature to the same degree. If the oil temperature differs from the coolant temperature by more than 15 degrees, it may indicate a cooler failure. If this is overlooked for a long time, the mechanical parts gradually begin to fail drastically in stressful situations.
How to fix Powerstroke oil cooler problems
There are two solutions that bulletproof diesel offers directed at pattern failures of the stock oil coolers. If you install a 6.0 oil cooler relocation kit, the cooler moves away from the engine, so the operating temperature falls. The 6.0 Powerstroke remote oil cooler replaces the oil-to-water cooler with an upgraded oil-to-air cooler. The kit that suits your 6.0 Powerstroke the best depends on how the owners use their trucks and how much work they do with them.
Difference between an oil-to-water cooler and an oil-to-air cooler
The oil cooler relocation kit moves it away from the engine, keeping the stock oil-to-water cooling setup. The cooler latches onto a bracket that is attached next to the passenger side battery of the truck. The kit also makes room by replacing the large OEM unit by a vacuum reservoir. To transfer the oil and coolant between the cooler and a fluid transfer block, hoses are used. Once installed, it will not be necessary to remove the intake manifold and turbocharger to access the cooler.
Using an oil-to-air cooler instead of an oil-to-water cooler, the oil can be cooled directly by a radiator. So, engine coolant is eliminated from the system. In this arrangement, the oil has no chance to mix with the coolant to form the sticky mixture.
An oil transfer block replaces the oil-to-water cooling block. This meets the oil passages and transfers oil through a hose to the radiator. The oil cooling radiator is present between the air conditioner condenser and the grill. The cooled oil is sent through a return line to the transfer block, where this oil is screened before entering the HPOP.
It is much easier to install a relocation kit than to install an oil-to-air cooling kit. To install an oil-to-air cooling kit, you have to eliminate the air conditioner condenser. Installing this upgrade yourself causes the draining of your AC system before even installing it.
The transfer blocks on the upgrade kit and relocation kit have an integrated HPOP screen instead of the stock screen. Oil filter relocation kits come with oil-to-air cooler kits, which replaces the cartridge filter with canostyle filters.
Difference between all climate cooler and hot climate cooler
Hot climate coolers circulate oil throughout the cooling system at high-temperature regions all the time. Climate coolers have a built-in thermostat bypassing the cooling system until the oil warms. In cold weather areas, this helps the engine to heat up gradually. If you have a hot climate cooler installed and you have to move to a cooler place, thermostat and hose kits are available that convert the hot climate cooler to an all-climate cooler.
What are required to install these kits?
Most of the required things to install either of these kits come with the installation kits themselves. However, there are a few parts that require modifications for building your truck properly.
- If your model is from 03 to 07, an extra bracket and an upgraded air conditioner condenser are required.
- The 06-07 model trucks relocated the power steering cooler from the bottom to the radiator’s top. This needs to be moved back to its original position.
- The oil feed tubes that some early 03 models use are thread-on turbo. This needs to be replaced by O-ring fitting tubes.
- The trucks having larger coolers can be moved using the bracket that comes with the kit, which gives more space to install the oil cooler.
- External oil filters can be coated with rubberized undercoating to prevent corrosion.
Bulletproof oil cooler best for 6.0 Powerstroke engines
Using a bulletproof oil cooler for your 6.0 Powerstroke engine widely reduces the chances of engine breakdown. It is very easy to install in your truck. You can order any kit from us, and we provide easy instructions for you to follow. For further assistance, our team of professionals is always available to help you install your kit correctly.