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1st time diesel owner, need lots of advice on mods and tune-ups
Last winter I did the glow plugs, relay, new fuel and air filters, batteries. Now I'm working on getting the engine out. Oil pan's rusted. And there's a lot of oil leaking down the back of the engine. Can't really tell from where, it's all so dirty and rusty. I'll be doing all the o'rings, rebuilding turbo, oil cooler, and finding out where all that oil is coming from. What I really need is a to-do list for when I get the motor out. Never owned a diesel before. Neighbour drove trucks his whole life, says they can never get enough maintenance.
Also want to know what mods would increase the reliability of the engine? I'm not looking for horsepower or extra performance. I'm thinking more like the stancor gp relay I put in this winter, changing the transmission cooler, and some guages to keep an eye on exhaust temps. It's an f-450 with an 18 foot dry box and has about 145,000 miles.
It's big and heavy, and I'll be loading to the 9's on moving jobs and deliveries. All local. On a busy day, I might have 5 or 6 jobs. Traffic's heavy, always stop and go. And we have cold winters. I plug it in at night, but I need to be able to park it for 3-4 hours on a cold day while we load up someone's house, and not have to worry about it not starting.