Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Falls Chruch
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Yeah, I'd rather have the manual!! So much less to worry about.
I'd at least hook it to a scanner and check hpop pressure and contribution scores. It should give you a quick idea of the condition. Look for major leaks, look for blow by. Search these topics to get a better understanding.
I'd have more concern with the ford suspension, steering and hubs than the engine at 290. $4500 isn't a whole lot of cash so plan on an extra $1500 right away to fix major issues..
Nonconformist. Functionality over bling.
My three rules for 7.3l troubleshooting: 1) Replace CPS and keep a spare. 2) Replace FPR and know your fuel pressure. 3) Hook it to a scanner and check for codes.