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post #1 of 13 Old 10-05-2011, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Could possibly be buying a 97 7.3l. Was wondering if you guys could clue me into some of the common problems or stuff to look for. thanks guys
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pull the tube that runs from air box to turbo and take a looky-see at the turbo blades and make sure there isnt a lot of play in the turbo.

Also check the air box itself, the bolts should be metal, if they are plastic they have not been fixed (per the recall) and might reflect a lack of maint on the part of the owner.

When driving in OD take the trans in and out of OD (by pressing the tow/haul button) and see if there is any slippage and how crisp the shifting is (transmissions are expensive...especially e4od)

if you have a lot of time during the vehicle inspection take a look at the bolts on the exhaust manifolds. If there has been excessive heat there will be cracked bolts (usually at the back of the motor).

Ill keep thinking and Im sure more people will chime in as the night rolls on

good luck w/the purchase and make sure to post pics. Because pics or it didnt happen!

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okay ill be sure to check. and its a manual tranny not auto
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okay ill be sure to check. and its a manual tranny not auto
on man trans. listen and pay close attention when you engage and disengage the clutch.

Any rattling, or strange noises could be signs of a problem.

also other obvious signs ie grinding when shifting into gears, etc. could be signs of trouble ahead.

dont forget to check the transfer case operation if its 4x4.

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okay thanks
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also ask the owner about additives that he has used in his coolant...if he looks at you w/a blank look that could be a bad sign.

too much silicates = no good for a diesel

Also the SCA level has to be correct too

read through this tread from dieselstop when you have some extra time

http://www.thedieselstop.com/forums/...istory-246011/

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thanks man ill definately give that a read
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found a clean 97 with a 5 speed and a dana60 swap in front. guy says trucks been running just the regular green coolant. run for the hills or think its alrite?
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