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Location: Albuquerque, Nm
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YES. There are a few things you'll want to "keep and eye on". First off, is your engine valley. Many of these trucks are having issues with the fuel pump in the engine valley. They get old, and the seals break down inside, and they start to leak fuel into the engine valley. (it then drips down the back of the motor) The fuel lines going from the fuel filter bowl to the fuel pump are often times old and cracked, and should be replaced with new, high pressure fuel lines.
You'll also want to pick up some coolant test strips. (available at Napa, Ford, International, and many other diesel related locations. i.e. cummins, cat, etc.) You'll need these test strips to check the status of your coolant/ antifreeze. (look up diesel engine cavitation) You'll also want to pick up some coolant additives from Ford, so that you're prepared.
Check your GPR (glow plug relay), and GP's (glow plugs). Chances are good that your GPR is toast, or on it's way out. The stock units, and the standard replacements, don't handle the required power well, and they go out. Generally, the replacement that's considered the "best" is made by Stancor. (model 905 I think) Search around, I know it's been brought up in at least 1 other active thread. (I'm getting ready to replace this in my truck)
Also, get yourself a spare CPS (camshaft position sensor) They're about $20, and the cps can cause some really irratic problems, and they're known for going out at the worst times.
That would be what I would "keep and eye on". Other than that, your routine maintenace should keep ya rollin for a long time. With preventative maintenance in mind, you might want to get your truck up to a "baseline", that way "YOU" know the last time something's been done. Check all your fluids. With this in mind, you could drain and flush your coolant, and change your thermostat out for a fresh one. You could change out your transmission fluid and transmission filter. Possibly change out your CPS, or at least get yourself a spare. Check your brakes. Change your oil. (be sure to use a "Diesel" rated oil, and a good filter) Change out your fuel filter.
Well, I know it looks and sounds like a lot, but it's really not. That should get you going, and keep you rollin down the road for quite a while.
Hope this helps.
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