Just picked up an 03 Single cab Fx4 F-350 with the 7.3 Powerstroke. This is my first diesel truck. It has 127k miles on it. I got a few questions. It has a service sticker that says next service due Jan 2010. What needs to happen for the service? I'd like to do it myself. I'm used to gas motors so not to sure what happens for a diesel service. Now, I've used diesel equipment before, and if you ran it out of fuel you have to bleed the system to get it to start again. I dont plan to run it out of fuel, but I would like to know where that bleeding point is. I plan to straight pipe the truck by cutting the muffler off and welding a pipe in its place. It has a cat converter doesnt it? After I drive the truck I like to let it idle for a few mins. Is there a rule to follow about cool down time? What exactly happens when you turn the key and let it sit til the beeping stops? Glow plugs right? I think thats about it for questions. Appreciate any feedback.
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Well to start with change the oil! Every 5000 miles. the fuel filter should be changed every 10000 miles. And im sure you are used to greasing the front end.
Make sure you run good clean diesel and add some Lucas too, about every other tank or so.
When you turn the key on let the glow plugs warm till the "Wait To START" light goeas off, it will aid in cranking.
There is no need to let it cool down unless you have been driveing the hell out of it or have a really powerful chip.
The strait sounds great and helps with milage, may keep EGT's down too.
Hope this helps, I have been driving a Powerstoke or many miles.