Brain Fart led to Panic Mode but result was awesome!
Ok, first off let me say that I am new to the whole diesel thing let alone the awesome 7.3 group! I purchased a 2003 Ford F250 C.C. FX4 with 104,000 miles and have been very impressed thus far. With that said, I have been researching mods but have not performed any yet. My immediate list, in this order is: 4 inch exhaust, DIY intake and gauges. After that I will get serious about modding my truck. Ok, with that said, I decided to inspect my air filter tonight. I have had two oil changes since purchase and I purchased it through a Toyota Dealer (one owner, clean carfax and the owner was a Ford employee) so I thought that between the Dealer, and the Ford dealership who changed oil and fuel filters, I would have been alerted to the need for an air filter. Well, no I wasn't. I figured that the air filter would have been changed prior to the Dealership selling the truck so it never dawned on me to check it and to reassure that I figured the Ford dealership would have notified me during one of the past two services. Anyway, I inspected it tonight and freaked out! For some reason my mind had predetermined that the intake pulled from the top down. I literally freaked out when I saw Maple tree whirly gigs stuck to the underside of the filter and dust all over the canister bottom. So, I freakin' beat feet(well actually I baby'd it cause I thought I was gonna toast my turbo) to Autozone and bought a Fram filter for it. As I was installing it I had my epiphany and realized that I had a dumb a$$ attack and figured it out. Anyway, after scrubbing the canister, installing the new filter, I was on my way. The awesome part is that my truck is noticibly quicker in the 2k to 2.5k range so it was needed regardless. Its just an interim fix and I am going to do the DIY intake in the next week or so but man I almost blew blood vessel sweating this.
Pretty crazy considering I use to have a 750hp Grand National so the whole turbo thing is not new to me but the diesel end of it sure is.
Oh yeah, I think the air filter was either original or OEM because it was black rubber sides and they were cracked from dry rot like nobody's business!
hey have a laugh on me.....the newbie! Hope to get pictures of my beast up soon and list mods as they develop!