Hey everyone, just joined this forum and I'm looking for some help.
I just traded my 2002 F250 V10 for a 2001 F250 7.3l.. I have never owned a diesel before and I'm just wondering about the basic up keep on one? I am pretty mechanically inclined but all the vehicles ive owned before were gas trucks, this is my first diesel. My question is, for this truck, what would I want to do for basic up-keep on this engine? Like for my gas trucks I would always change spark plugs, wires, dist cap, oil.. stuff like that. Obviously this truck not having these parts, and me not knowing to much about diesel motors yet. I was just wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the things I want to check and replace regularly to keep the truck running great! I'm not sure how well the previous owners have taken care of it and I'd really like to check it out. The truck runs great right now but never hurts to do a little maintenance. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks a lot!
I think air filtration is critical. The box air filter is not very well designed however I'd replace the stock air filter asap. "Dusting" can be a major issue so air filtration is significant. When you replace the air filter make sure that the housing is not broken and that it seals properly. Beware of broken parts etc. K&N is controversial and I don't like them. That is me.
I'd make darn sure that you have the correct coolant and and additive recommended by Ford. Maybe I'm a sucker but I had the dealer replace my fluid and put in the proper additive.
Oil. I like Rotella T6 synthetic and a either a Motorcraft or ELF Donlaldson filter. When you change the oil make sure to fill the new filter with oil before replacing.
Fuel filter. Get a new one. They are on the top of the engine in these 7.3s are are easy to change. There is also a yellow valve at the back of the fuel bowl. Carefully turn the lever and use a pan to catch any water/diesel fuel. This is used to drain water that has collected in the bowl. Let it open for a few seconds to rid water of the system.
Fuel additive. Diesel Kleen or something like to help lubricate the diesel fuel. There is a winter and summer version. Follow the directions carefully on the back of the bottle and measure out the correct amount. Try to buy diesel fuel at a truck stop or a high turnover station. You don't want stale fuel with water, sand and crap in it.
I DO NOT USE FUEL INJECTOR CLEANER, SEAFOAM OR ANY OF THAT STUFF IN MY FUEL OR MY OIL. Make sure anything you put in your rig is for diesel engines.
I like to plug my rig in for at least 3 hours if I know it is going to get below 40. Use a heavy duty extension cord and timer.
I'm a rookie owner too and the above are just my opinions. You can check out the youtube.com or these or these forums for help. Just be careful and don't do any damage.
Be careful getting advice from Autozone, O'Reily's or a gasser mechanic. These engines are very different and require special attention.