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trime to clean the turbo?
My 2003 has gotten sluggish over time.
Before I get into it too far, here is the truck:
2003 F250 4X4, 4 door w/8ft. bed. Closing in on 180,000 miles.
Motor has the K&N air cleaner system and a Diablo tune in the economy setting.
The fuel pressure regulator has been upgraded. Amsoil lubricants, the truck is carefully maintained.
No real issues with the motor to this point. It still has all the original hoses, etc... No smoking, missing, etc...
Anyway, over time the truck has grown sluggish, especially at start up. It runs better once the truck warms up. Outside temperature isn't an issue here, as it never gets cold. I dump Cetol in it from time to time.
I have cleaned the EGR valve a number of times, recently when it was performing like a real pig. It helped, but it still isn't what it should be.
I'm thinking the turbo needs cleaning. Are there signs that I am not seeing that indicate the vanes are stuck?
I have seen the video on removing and cleaning the turbo and it doesn't seem like something I can't handle.
Questions: 1) since I will have taken the turbo, etc... off, would it be worth my time and $ to go ahead and install an EGR delete and replace the oil cooler?
My truck has the round EGR cooler that isn't a troublesome as the square ones, at least what I have heard. Emissions aren't an issue here in Florida.
2) If I go this route, would I also want to upgrade the exhaust from stock to 4"? I plan on replacing the catalytic converter with a straight pipe anyway.
Ideas and suggestions appreciated.