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Old 06-22-2014, 01:32 PM
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I bought my first diesel a few days ago and I have a few rookie questions. First off, I have heard about a monthly fuel/water separator maintenance I need to keep. I have no clue where or what that is or how to do it if someone could chime in. I also was wondering about where the plug in was to keep the glow plugs warm and if I would need that in Southeast Texas (Temperature ranges about 30F-105F). Also what other information may I need to know. I saw a sticky for PSD info, but the page wouldn't come up. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Welcome to the Addiction!! I am going to let a 7.3 guy answer your questions because I am not sure if things are in the same place as on my 6.0.

Maintenance intervals should be the same tho. Using synthetic oil it should be changed every 5,000 miles. The fuel filters should be changed every 10,000.

On the 6.0 the fuel pump is underneath the cab and it is where the fuel/water separation filter is and there is a small canister on the top of the motor along side of the oil filter canister that has a small fuel filter in it to be changed. I would recommend you use only motorcraft filters for the fuel and oil, as I heard someone else say, injectors are not cheap.
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:24 PM
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Assuming you have a 7.3 OBS:

- The cylinder in the middle of the engine bay, possibly hidden under a cover (but probably not) is the fuel bowl. There's a yellow lever on the front left corner of it (looking at it from the front of the truck) - flip this, and it should piss diesel all over the ground. If the line is clogged, try flipping it while the truck is running & it should blow down all the crap in there.

- The block heater (plug in) is different from the glow plugs (which run off the battery). In either case, you shouldn't need the block heater down to 30F or so. If your truck doesn't start right up but belches a cloud of white smoke and then lights, your glow plugs aren't working. The frequent cause is the relay for it which is a certified pile of junk that can't handle the current - it's an easy replacement for a better aftermarket unit, though.
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:49 PM
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Alright I will check those things out. Thank y'all for all of the info. It is the OBS 7.3 and I am looking forward to enjoying it. So you're saying that I should never have to plug this truck in? I've seen some down here that do it, but never understood when and why.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:38 PM
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If it only gets down to 30 or so, you shouldn't have to plug it in. A properly working glow plug system (which you may or may not have) will handle those temperatures just fine.

If it were to get below 20, you might want to plug it in. However, not all the OBS trucks came with a block heater. Most did... but not all of them.
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So you're saying that I should never have to plug this truck in? I've seen some down here that do it, but never understood when and why.
Probably folks whose glow plugs aren't working right. So rather than fix them, they get lazy and plug the block heater in.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:29 PM
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Oh ok thanks guys! Where would I look for that plug? Is it hooked in somewhere so it's not free hanging and does it plug directly into an extension cord? Also what are the "must haves" that I should plan to get ahold of and keep in my truck or toolbox. Thanks!
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They all came with a block heater; it's in the oil cooler. Some simply did not come with the cord. Yes, the cord plugs into a standard 3-prong 120VAC extension cord. It's usually tucked into or behind the grille. Find the heater on the oil cooler, and follow the cord. This will allow you to check the condition of the cord. It draws 1000W, so aprx. 8.5A, and resistance of the element is aprx. 14 ohms. Use a 12/3 extension cord to be safe.
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Oh ok thanks guys! Where would I look for that plug? Is it hooked in somewhere so it's not free hanging and does it plug directly into an extension cord? Also what are the "must haves" that I should plan to get ahold of and keep in my truck or toolbox. Thanks!
A spare CPS isn't a bad idea (Cam Position Sensor, if it fails, the engine stops running, and it's a quick side of road swap).

I'm a fan of the fuel filter wrench tool, as it helps prevent snapping off the ribs on the fuel filter cover.

There are a ton of things you can do, but not much you have to do.

However, if you don't know the history of the coolant and anti-cavitation additives, you should check that.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:07 AM
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Thanks! I will look into those things. As far as the fuel filter and fuel/water separator, can someone explain where and what to do with them a little more? Also as far as maintenance at oil change, is there anything to grease?
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