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Old 10-29-2013, 04:47 PM
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Just bought a Powerstroke

So my 1999 F-150 crapped out, I found a 1997 F-350 PSD with 160k on craigslist, I talked the guy down to $3500 and got it last weekend, I found a crack in the manifold, used JB weld high temp on it, it seems to be leaking transmission fluid, also seems to be leaking fuel somewhere and it is running down the bell housing cant really figure out where. New to the diesel world and such, he said it had a 4 inch turbo back Diamond Eye exhaust, it has a EGT gauge which doesn't seem to move much, and a boost gauge. I am looking for longevity not performance so I was wondering if anyone on here had any suggestions to make it last longer, and potentially run for as long as possible without any substantial break downs, Im poor going back to college so budget isnt much. Also, this morning it was very cold on the way to work and I started it and let it run, and it was like hissing out the exhaust, it didn't build boost for a while, then it built boost on the highway under acceleration, and would loose it when I let off the gas, drove it to work, tried to show my friend, it didn't do it, when it lost boost it was making a really loud whoosh noise, is the waste gate bad. Any and all info is appreciated.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:20 PM
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The hissing noise is normal under cold conditions it's the exhaust back pressure valve. Best thing to make them last is be religious on maintance and run some type of additive I. The fuel I personally sun stanadyne performance formula to help with lube anti gel and boosts Cetane.

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Old 10-29-2013, 05:54 PM
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the whooshing sound is the EBPV closing as deere said. when the truck warms up the EBPV doesn't need to close to warm up the truck.

fuel leak more than likely is the 3 rubber lines going to the fuel pump in the valley or it could be one of the orings on the fuel bowl. check to see where the EGT gauge is you want it as close to the cylinder as possible, most put it in the driver's side manifold.

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Like said previously the hissing is your exhaust back pressure valve to help warm the engine faster.I would degrease the valley on top of the engine and run the truck and look for bad fuel lines around the fuel bowl. Best thing to do is replace them and the filter while you are there might as well take the fpr screen out and clean that out as well. There is a great write up on that. The exhaust is a good start I would work on an intake next. Check the trans cooler lines and the trans cooler those are pretty common spots for a trans look. Good luck you will love it and get addicted very easily.
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