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Old 02-24-2013, 06:51 AM
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Potential purchase, please advise

I am about to buy the following pickup, but will be taking it for another test drive later today, what should I look for. This will be my first diesel truck. Coming from an f150. When he says new transmission in the ad, it should say not original. Been replaced at some time in the past. Thanks in advance for any helpful advice. He won't come down on the price, but seems pretty fair in comparison to other trucks in the area.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:00 AM
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find out more about the transmission...paperwork, where the repair was done..etc. Find the build date of the truck as well, because i believe from aug 00 - april 01, the tranny came with a diode which, from what i've read on numerous forums, brake, leaving the truck/tranny, dead in the water.

See if that was the case, and if the trans shop "by passes" that system..etc.

if you dont have an AE, remove the oil cap, and place it on the filler tube, upside down, to see if it blows off, not vibrates off. If so, theres a big issue with the motor.
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Seems like a fair deal to me. The manual hubs are a common thing because of leaking vacuum seals in the hub bearing. At that mileage, i would be concerned with loose front end parts. Weird there wasnt any under hood pics. When driving, check the 4x4 engagement.
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Seems like a fair deal to me. The manual hubs are a common thing because of leaking vacuum seals in the hub bearing. At that mileage, i would be concerned with loose front end parts. Weird there wasnt any under hood pics. When driving, check the 4x4 engagement.
Under hood is very clean, no aftermarket intake and the intercooler piping looked stock to me although he thought they were aftermarket. I checked the 4wd out yesterday as it had snowed when I test drove it. Front end didn't seem to wander at all. I will be taking it out on the freeway today. I will be using it mainly for camping, towing my ~6500 pound bumper pull camper. No super heavy towing.
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So I went and test drove it a little more in depth. Power steering moaned a little bit, normal or cause for concern? Didn't wander and was aligned well.
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I always thought that the moaning was somewhat norman, but only wheh the wheel is cranked all the way over. Thats when mine moans. No other time
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the moan can be fixed 95% of the time, by flushing the psf with syn atf...
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Thanks Timmy sounds like no big cause for concern. Will throw a pic up tomorrow after I get it.
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If you do make the purchase, this site has A TON of good/useful helps...especially the "IN TANK" mod

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