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Old 08-23-2009, 12:52 PM
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Angry Running SLUGGISH after Wal-Mart oil change

I know, I know..."Never go to Wal-Mart except for toilet paper and socks"...but, I was in a hurry, the bays were empty, and since they use the same oil I've used since I bought it, I figured, "what could they possibly screw up???" Well, from the time I got back in it, something ain't right !!! I took it back to check for loose wires or ANYTHING, and they found nothing (one wire was semi-loose, but that didn't change anything)..

I drag race motorcycles and consider myself "pretty mechanically inclined", but I can't figure it out. It seems like it is choking for either fuel or air whenever I try to get on it, or at mid-range RPM. I checked the air filter and plumbing, and also changed both fuel filters, and nothing changed. If I'm on the expressway doing about 70 or 75 MPH and start up a long hill, I end up having to let off the pedal and then stomp it down so that it will downshift and continue up the grade. It also seems to drag second gear out before shifting to third, and then sometimes "bucks" at about 45 or 50 MPH.. I use this truck to pull my 24' race trailer and have never had a problem, but now, I don't think it'll even pull it. I'm losing alot of power somewhere and can't figure out where...It's almost like the Turbo's not turning, but I can hear it... Looking through this forum and other places, I see that it can be a million different things...EGR, ICP, IPR, etc, etc....Any ideas on how to maybe narrow down some of the possibilties?? Also, do the "cold air intakes" and programmers do all that the manufacturers say they will do, or would my money be better spent elsewhere?? Thanks for your time, in advance...By the way, I like this forum. I'll learn a lot..
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:54 PM
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Yeah the custom chips do what they say.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:13 PM
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any thoughts on which way to go, as far as chips/programmer. I use this truck daily in my business and drive approx. 150 to 250 miles per day...and then turn around and use it to pull the race trailer on weekends. So, I guess I need something to help with fuel mileage during the week and then give it that extra "umph" on the weekends..
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:15 PM
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you sure they put enough oil in it? they wont run right if its low on oil
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what do you have? a 6.0 or a 7.3? for a 6.0 id get sct with custom tunes from innovative

if you have a 7.3 id get tony wildman tunes or a dp tuner or ts performance chip they are all about the same but with tony you get free reburns
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:07 PM
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i never let wm touch our vehicles unless its tires. and i dont even go to wm for tires anymore.
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I wouldn't even let them touch it for tires either. I went to wm for tires once and they had my truck that weighed 9500 lbs at the time on lift rated for 8000 lbs (and I even told them about it ahead of time). So they took it off the lift, and used 3 jacks to lift the whole thing up. They started taking wheels of and it was teeter-toddering! I told them to put the wheels back on and set it down, got the managers home number and left. Sorry for the hijack, had to share.

Def check the oil level. They don't realize how much oil they take sometimes. Also check the filter to make sure its seated correctly.
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:59 PM
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I agree about not going there anymore...not even for tires. My last set from there had to be rotated after every race (from pulling trailer) or the truck would bounce all over the road..Once rotated, it was fine....CRAZY !!! It's a 6.0L motor...Funny you should mention "low on oil"..I took it to Ford and found out that it has the wrong dipstick, so I ordered one and can pick it up tomorrow.. This has happened before (as far as not running right) and it had "too much oil", and nobody mentioned the fact that the dipstick was wrong...Amazingly, the guy from Wal-Mart remarked that he couls "swear" that a 6.0 dipstick should be flat, not round (like mine is)....so, that could very well be the problem. I'm picking it up first thing in the morning and if that's the case, I'll definitely let the forum know... and my next purchase will have to be a programmer..Thanks for advice as to which one..
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is it 15 or 16 quarts of oil?? I've heard both...
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Originally Posted by dragracer3232 View Post
is it 15 or 16 quarts of oil?? I've heard both...
15 quarts. Some people say they fill it and its full at 14 quarts. I wouldn't over fill it.
Oil Capacity???
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