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Nashotah7...I bought the truck about a month ago from a dealership about 4 hours from me (independant dealer that buys from auction). I had them send it to a Ford dealership before i drove up there to buy it, the dealership replaced 2 injectors and a couple of sensors. They were also supposed to have done a full inspection of the engine...which I later found out they didn't do. The air filter and fuel filter were in horrible shape (I replaced both). Oil was nasty, again I replaced.
The truck is an early '99 and so it seems sluggish to me, but I've can only compare it to an 02 7.3 with a chip (never drove it stock) and an 04 duramax which was 400% better than this pooch!
Couple issues with it on some start ups where it was whomping, shut it back down and then it started up, idled roughly then smoothed out. Died on me about a block from work, started up again and whomped, killed it and restarted idled roughly for about 2 minutes then was fine again. Took it straight to a buddy's shop and they buzz tested it and it was fine, left it overnight and the tech called and said it was 8 quarts low on oil! This was 2 weeks after I changed the oil, and I know I put 15 quarts in it when I changed it. There's no oil in the engine, and none in my driveway, so I assume it's burning it.
This was Tuesday of this week, since then I've checked the oil 2 times a day and it's not losing anything.
It seems to be running fine now, but I'm scared about this compression thing because it's going to put me in a HUGE bind financially. I'm right in the middle of buying a house and I can't afford to rebuild the engine.
If it's not the compression I think I'll be able to deal with it...but it just seems like everyone keeps saying it sounds like a compression issue and I don't know how to do it myself and can't pay to get done at the shop right now.
sucks to be me...
1996 F350 CC LB....