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Old 02-01-2011, 08:16 PM
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New to diesel, maintenance questions.

Hey there. I just joined team diesel when I picked up a 97 f350 4x4, single wheel, single cab, long bed, 4:10 gears. It's mostly stock as far as I can tell. It used to be work truck for a gas/electric company. It has 148,000 miles and it runs great. It drives straight and feels tight. It's one of the better deals I found when looking. I wondered what maintenance I should get after since I don't know anything about how it's been maintained. I changed the oil, and a transmission guy said the fluid looked good in the trans. I've changed the air filter. Anything else I should clean so it's breathing well? I've heard about a coolant additive that I should be aware of, what's that about? Anything else I shouldn't neglect since I'm new to maintaining diesels? Thanks.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:00 PM
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DIY intake and 3" downpipe will make her feel alive, and oh yeah gut the kitty and straight pipe it. ha but besides that these trucks are happy to go for a long while. heck you got one with less miles than mine!
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fuel filter/ air filter ( like mentioned above... diy filter ). When you do change coolant, I'd look into adding a coolant filter.


Welcome to the ORG......
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:22 PM
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Yeah, I already gutted the cat. I'll get after the fuel filter. What kind of HP/MPG gains do you get from the DIY intake and the 4" straight pipe? No muffler, just pipe? Thanks.
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Take a look at this link. Another new guy asking questions and a lot of good answers. Good Luck and welcome
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:29 PM
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your butt dyno will like it, and i'd say 1-2mpg nothing major, just gotta know how to drive, ha.

btw i recommend an elc EC-1 rated coolant only..
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:36 PM
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Great, keep 'em coming... Thanks for your help guys.
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Most people covered the basics, but dont forget to get Boost, EGT and Tranny Temp gauges .Welcome aboard
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