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Tired Engine...Mo' power?
Hi there, my first diesel and first post. I have a 99 (12/98) F350 manual with 303,000 miles on her. Bought it with 260,000 4 years ago. Obvioiusly dont put much for miles on it. I use it for a farm truck which I only do part time. My question is: Is there anything I can do to bump up my power on this old girl or am I looking at a rebuild? She smokes real good especially at start and uses 2 quarts of oil to 5000 miles. Upgrading is the obvious solution but don't have a lot of dollhairs for a new truck. I especially notice the lack of power in 3rd gear towing a trailer. Doesnt even have to have my skidloader on it. I know guys talk about chips and programs and stuff but i dont know the first thing about them. I heard they can be hard on the tranny's but I have a manual. Is there any benefit? To my knowledge, the truck has never had engine work.
Also, from purchase the truck when cold will go to a high idle(I assume this is normal) and then starts to do a surge type noise until hot. YOu can feel the surge if you drive it while cold. Is that normal?
Last edited by kryptonix; 04-04-2011 at 03:11 PM.