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TXiceman

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Well, we are residents of Knoxville, TN and our trip is on indefinite hold.

After clearing Knoxville this morning, the truck had something in the engine let go. Started ticking first and before I could get it shut down on the shoulder it was running rough and rattling. GS ERs got us towed in a timely manner to an RV park and the truck to a Ford shop.

They listened to it briefly and said it did not sound good would have to pull the pan and see what failed. Pretty sure this is a result of the damage from the 5 gallon bucket hitting the filter last week. The Progressive adjuster does want to listen to the engine himself, before the oil pan is dropped.

So now we wait to see what happens next and hope it does not wind up in a pissing contest with the insurance company wanting the cheapest way out rather than a proper fix.

Ford said a new crate engine was $13K to $14K when they can get one.

 

Ken

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I was just thinking as I read that about the bucket. Wishing you the best.

 

If you get a rental, Oak ridge is north of you. Smokies are 60 miles southeast. Smoky Mountain knife works is in the area. Dolly ville in Gatlinburg. Just read about some lost villages (lost for 100 years) in the Smokies.

 

Might as well make lemonade.

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We just got approval from Progressive for the complete new engine. The Progressive insurance was from the fellow driving the truck that dropped the bucket that caused all of this.

 

I think one thing that helped was the Ford shop is a partner and claim inspection station with Progressive.

 

Ken

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Original incident here: http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=113292

 

 

 

On I-285 at Norcross, GA, a pickup had a 5 gallon plasticbucket (full of a soap) come off the tailgate and land on the road. It was one lane to our left and as we slowed down and started to pass it, it roll in front of us. Wham it hit under the truck and the oil pressure alarm went off....beep...beep and the idiot light came on.
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The bucket was full of a disinfectant soap. The driver that dropped the bucket stopped just ahead of where I got pulled off. The bucket hit the oil filter and bent it enough that it lost the seal and blew oil everywhere an immediately lost oil pressure. So his insurance is paying for the repairs. He was a lane to my left and the traffic was dodging it and I had slowed down but could not change lanes. In any case it rolled over infront of me as I got close and the only thing to do was to take the hit. I was hoping it was empty, but it was not

 

I got the truck to a Ford dealer to be checked and it had thrown a rod and trashed the turbo. Ford said to maintain the balance of the factory warranty it had to be a Ford approved repair. It would also continue the extended warranty. Ford does not have any remanufactured 6.7L engines and I would not accept one anyway. The truck only had 23,000 miles.

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Glad you're getting a new engine. You deserve it, because Ford is stupid for putting the oil filter anyplace it could get hit by road debris (the filter on my Dodge Ram, for instance, is high on the engine block up by the firewall and brake master cylinder). Really, Ford should be paying for the new engine, not the insurance company. :o

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  • 3 weeks later...

We have over 1500 miles on the new engine and it is running fine. Lance Cunningham Ford in Knoxville, TN did a great job and kept me appraised of progress. Looks like it came from the factory.

 

So far it seems to be getting better fuel economy than the original engine. The original engine had 23,000 miles on it and it was starting to run better and fuel economy was moving up slightly. So far, I am doing better with the new engine and hope to see improvement.

 

Ken

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