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My First Ford Diesel Air box question (it doesn't have one)

I just bought a 2004 Ford F250 SD Crew Cab with a 6.0 Diesel. This is my 5th Ford Truck but first ever diesel. I'm doing maintenance on it and I'm replacing filters, oil, sparkplugs, etc. What I'm confused about is my air filter. It does not have an air box and the air filter is just connected without any protection around it. Is this normal or has someone modified this and removed the housing? I've never seen a truck that doesn't have an airbox. I've searched everywhere on line but cannot find anything about a filter on this truck that is not inside some sort of housing.

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I just bought a 2004 Ford F250 SD Crew Cab with a 6.0 Diesel. This is my 5th Ford Truck but first ever diesel. I'm doing maintenance on it and I'm replacing filters, oil, sparkplugs, etc. What I'm confused about is my air filter. It does not have an air box and the air filter is just connected without any protection around it. Is this normal or has someone modified this and removed the housing? I've never seen a truck that doesn't have an airbox. I've searched everywhere on line but cannot find anything about a filter on this truck that is not inside some sort of housing.

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I think what you have is an aftermarket open air filter, do you have a picture of it? Another problem you're going to run into is changing the spark plugs, they're a little tough to get, since there aren't any Congrats on the new truck.

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The filter has a plastic casing on it and there are two "lids/caps" (one if front and one in back) of the filter that cover it and turn it into a platic box so to speak. here is a pic of an OEM setup.

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I just bought a 2004 Ford F250 SD Crew Cab with a 6.0 Diesel. This is my 5th Ford Truck but first ever diesel. I'm doing maintenance on it and I'm replacing filters, oil, sparkplugs, etc. What I'm confused about is my air filter. It does not have an air box and the air filter is just connected without any protection around it. Is this normal or has someone modified this and removed the housing? I've never seen a truck that doesn't have an airbox. I've searched everywhere on line but cannot find anything about a filter on this truck that is not inside some sort of housing.

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OMG. John.. See how much I know about it... Diesels don't have spark plugs? I just ordered the repair manual for it today as well and I know absolutely nothing about diesel trucks at all. So, this is going to be a learning experience for me. I can get a pic of it. The hard plastic tube that the filter is attached to says that is K & N.
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en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_engine
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My First Ford Diesel Air box question (it doesn't have one)-air-filter.jpg Here is the pic I just took of the filter..
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I had the same one. They get bad reviews, but i never had a problem of dusting the turbo.

I still got rid of it, due to paranoia.

S&B make a drop in replacement filter for your current setup, if you have to stick with it. Yours looks like it needs a good cleaning....

Which is one reason i got rid of it, I never felt comfortable oiling it.

Now i have the S&B with paper filters



...i really should of never taken the stock one off.

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Thanks, Casey. I definately want to get whichever filter is best for it. The one in it now is very, very dirty. The truck looked as if it had been in a dustbowl. I've only owned since Saturday. It had a large crack in the windshield and I had it replaced this morning with a Carlite windshield with the Super Duty logo on it. I'm going to be pulling a small 5th wheel with it and what do you recommend as far as putting air bags on it? I've had several people from my RV forums tell me to add the airbags so I've been looking at different ones. The truck also didn't come with nerf bars or running boards, so I ordered a set of chrome nerf bars for it last night. The former owner also put 305/70/R16 tires on it as well. What do you think about that size or should I replace them with the 265/75/R16 tires?

Thanks for the Wiki page to about the diesel engines
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The white residue around the degas (coolant resivoir) bottle is not a good sign. You may want to look into that before anything else.



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