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Old 06-29-2014, 03:07 PM
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Just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks. I just joined the site but have been looking for a truck for about 8 months and with the help of this site and others, bought a 97 f250 yesterday. This is my first diesel and I think it's going to be a pretty good truck. Basically no rust, not much blow by and all in all a pretty clean truck. I did have some basic questions though. It has gauges, and I was curious what the normal operating ranges are for those while towing and just regular driving. It has coolant temp, pyrometer, and boost gauge. Thanks in advance and glad to be a fellow powerstroke owner. I'll upload more pics soon.
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Old 06-29-2014, 04:24 PM
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Nice truck and welcome. The pyrometers depends on where
The probe is installed if it is before the turbo say in an exhaust manifold you don't want to take it above 1200 degrees. If it's in the down pipe that reading will be about 300 degrees colder. Boost your probably not going to run very much if any just driving around town. I run about 6 psi on the highway empty and anywhere from 12 to 15 pulling a trailer on the highway.


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Old 06-29-2014, 09:14 PM
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Coolant temp will depend on the thermostat installed.

If your dash gauge reads on the left side, near the "N" in NORMAL, you have a factory(ish) thermostat installed. If it's in the middle, you have a 203 degree thermostat installed.

Pyro shouldn't regularly exceed 1200F if it's turbine inlet temperature. 1300F TIT is the normal "redline" for EGT.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:02 PM
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Thanks for the info. How do I tell where the probe is? Also, what do you guys do as far as turning your truck on and off. How short of time do you leave it on and when do you shut it off?
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:19 AM
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You should be able to see the egt probe by looking for the steel wrapped wires coming out of the sensor some people out them
On the bottom side of the manifold some will be in a nut welded to the down pipe. As far as shutting the truck off if it's below 400 degrees
On egt I shut it off. If I've been working it hard with a trailer I will give it a few minutes. With the 5spd I can take mine from 1300 deg to 200 just going down hill letting the engine hold it back. So I will give it a few minutes after pulling the trailer


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Old 07-01-2014, 01:18 PM
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It's not a glass engine. Don't be completely stupid with how you run it and it should be just fine.

Let it warm up before you ask it do a lot of work, but idling forever won't get it fully up to temperature either. And don't do something like pull a 15k lb trailer up to the top of a mountain, pull hard into a lookout point, and immediately shut down. Let it cool down a bit first.
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Let it idle about 30 seconds before you leave, and 30 seconds after you get to where your going, if it's cold outside let it warm up longer, if your towing heavy (not like a jet ski but at least 8k or better) let it cool off a but before shutting down
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:57 PM
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Thanks for the info. I'm changing the tranny fluid this weekend, and maybe the master cylinder if changing the fluid doesn't improve the shifting enough. Anyone got any helpful tips for that?
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Don't throw parts at it. What's the specific shifting issue?
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Well, it sounds like most of it is normal zf5 stuff, but getting into reverse is dang near impossible. Also, the clutch seems to have a very short travel. I have never driven a zf5 transmission, but I have driven Dodge 6 speeds, and it seems significantly shorter. Also, my friend has this same transmission and is a mechanic, and he was the one who suggested it sounded like the master cylinder.
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