Picked up an 02 F350 on Monday!
02 F350 CC LB 4x4 7.3 Auto Lariat w/137,000 mi. I am pretty excited to be back in a diesel again. I had an 05 Dodge Cummins that I sold when diesel was 5.00/gal and bought a hemi. Regretted that decision since the second I did it and have been trying to get back into a diesel ever since. So after 1.5 years of looking I decided on the powerstroke this time. So far I really like the truck, it was pretty well taken care of, no major scratches, dings, clean interior(a little dusty though since it was in UT previously) etc. However, I don't know anything about the 7.3 motor other than what I have read online. I have a few questions if anyone has time to answer.
1) The truck has never towed a fifth wheel but has definitely been used for hauling etc. Is there a way to tell how much longer the tranny is going to hold out? 1-2 shift is pretty clunky but all the other gears are pretty smooth.
2) There is a lot of oil residue on the drivers side of the motor when looking underneath my truck. No oil is dripping anywhere, it looks a lot like my cummins did where the blow off tube was at, but I can't find a blow off on this motor???
3) The previous owner put 325/80/R18 tires on the truck. They look really nice but the power steering doesn't have power to turn them without the truck moving and I noticed that the power steering resevoir is covered is soot. Is my power steering likely to fail from these wide tires?
Any other "first time" owner tips would be appreciated!! I am hoping to get a good 150,000-200,000 more miles out of this truck before I have to buy another one. Thanks!