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Old 12-25-2012, 05:45 AM
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what to look for on a high millage truck?

i might be tradding my durango for a 97 f350 crewcab long bed, what should i look for, it has 288k miles on it. Do you guys think it would be worth the trade for my 02 durango with 108000 on it?
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Look for any kinds of leaks, anywhere that is wet. Check all the fluids, see how the trans shifts. If you can take the intake off and have a look at the turbo wheel, look for signs of damage and how much movement the bearing has. If at all possible have it do a cold start (not warmed up and sat for a while). That will tell the signs of the glow plug system. Check for rust depending on where the truck is in the USA. The rear spring hangers on there are known for it.

Id say its worth it if thats what you want. But if its an auto and hasnt been rebuilt yet it is probably coming up on it soon
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alright, would i really notice how well the glow plug system is working since i am in florida? and he said it has a new trans has been rebuilt, i havent seen a recept yet but i know my durango will probly also need a trans rebuilt at some time in the future also.
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Maybe not so much in florida but you will still see a hint of white smoke I would think. I cant really answer that considering I am in PA where even right now a fully functioning glow plug system will still let the truck smoke for a bit
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ok, i know my dads truck will smoke alot when it gets cold so i guess it will if they are bad since it is supposed to get cold at the end of this week, thanks for the tips, i should be going to look at it friday or saturday
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:57 AM
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sounds good, keep us posted. I hope someone else chimes in cause I am sure i forgot something
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I just picked up a 2002 crew cab with 307,000 on it so don't let the mileage scare ya. I paid to have mine looked over before I bought it. The only thing found was front suspension stuff. Because the motor is so heavy watch for tie rods, wheel bearings, and ball joints that might need replacing.


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