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Yesterday I brought home a '97 F350. The truck is a 7.3 5 speed regular cab long bed single wheel with 322k miles. It is in right decent shape for its age and seems to run fine, no leaks to speak of. Oil and coolant looked fine, transmission and 4wd worked great so I'm happy with my purchase so far, though the mileage worries me some. It starts fine in 20 degree weather, so I think the glow plugs are working for now.

I am just wondering what maintenance I should do right away. So far I've got an oil and coolant change on the list, as well as a fuel and air filters (it's got a K&N, that thing is going in the dumpster). I've got to check/change the oil in the trans/tcase/axles too. Anything I'm forgetting or should look out for? I'd like to run a compression test, but I'm sort of scared of what I might find, and I would need to buy the special tester.

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You can make a tester for that btw, just a regular one and a fitting to adapt it to a glow plug hole, check the turbo for pitting, you seem to have a good lock on new maintenance, don't forget to do a diff fluid change too

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EBP tube is another one i'd check. I just cleaned mine out after owning it for a few years, I should have done it right when I bought it.
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As long as it starts fine in the cold and runs good, I wouldn't even worry about doing a compression test. If you just really need to know out of curiosity, well that's different.
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As long as it starts fine in the cold and runs good, I wouldn't even worry about doing a compression test. If you just really need to know out of curiosity, well that's different.
It is sort of curiosity, I'd like to fix a slight valve cover leak and check the wiring too while I'm in there, just to make sure it is dependable. I will be driving it over 500 miles to visit my parents in a few weeks, I'd like to know the truck is healthy.

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EBP tube is another one i'd check. I just cleaned mine out after owning it for a few years, I should have done it right when I bought it.
Thanks for this advice, I'll get on that tomorrow after work. It does fine starting in the cold, but does act a little more sluggish than I expected, hopefully that tube is just clogged. I figured it needed the injectors cleaned/replaced. Seems to be fine on compression, I can't feel any huffing at all out the oil filler.

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I realized my tube and sensor were for sure shot when I noticed my EBPV opening slower and slower during start up.
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Yeah my ebpv has been removed now

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