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Intro and stuff "new to me" 7.3
First, I wanted to introduce myself.
Name is Dave and I've chosen to get a Powerstroke for a trailer my wife and I plan on purchasing.
So, without further blabber, I'll get onto some stuff that perhaps you all can give me some pointers on.
Looking at a 99' F250, and the truck itself is pretty damn clean for its age and miles.
The usual things such as religious fluid changes and checks to certain things will keep nearly any vehicle on the road for many miles.
I'll be picking up a basically 230k mile 7.3L
It does have provision in the bed for a 5th wheel hitch, so I can totally be sure it was used for heavier loads, but being a single axle I'm hoping it wasn't overworked much. I am aware of the trans overheating, weak spot stuff from my late fathers experiences with his 350 dually. He never had to do work on it, but when I drove it he was ADAMANT about making sure the trans was not slipping (TC locked) or to be easy on her. He passed away, and unfortunately I didn't get the truck.
This trans was replaced by an unknown shop 15k miles ago, which to me is a boon. I'm not worried about the engine, the current owner has decent maintenance records for a vehicle this age.
What are some quirks that I should be looking for? There are a couple things I'm going to have to take care of first off. Oil pressure and voltage gauge are pretty much pegged. All other gauges work so I'm pretty confident its some sort of a gauge cluster or sender issue, perhaps wiring. Injectors were rebuilt last month to take care of a miss.
It was a reputable shop in the area, and got a chance to talk with the mechanic. He replaced the one the computer pointed too, but it didn't fix the issue. Removed them all next and benched them and they were all over the board, so the other 7 were replaced. CEL is still lit, owner didn't have the code fixed but it was for something glow plugs low voltage (from the mechanic and on the invoice). It did start great from bone cold (felt the turbo first thing at the first underhood inspection).
So, these things while I don't know about in the powerstroke world, but for someone who is decent enough at some backyard wrenchin, shouldn't be a big deal. (I hear these powerstrokes are decently easy to fix, just spendy parts)
Sorry for the long read I guess. But
What issues or signs should I be looking for? I drove one recently that had a rear end clunk during a sharp turn probably posi something needed new fluid and traction additive. (Not even sure if thats normal for these trucks). Strange noises or something I should watch out for? What is good condition fuel mileage supposed to be like unloaded?
Other than a straight pipe, and what appears to be a backyard style open element factory airbox do-hickey aircleaner, no other known "mods". Hoping to learn what common things I might should keep an eye on, not skeered to do repairs.
When I get 'er home going to change all the fluids, I use synthetic in all my vehicles it'll get the same treatment. Hoping for some pointers.