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Hello evevryone. This is my first Powerstroke ive owned, But Im fairly familiar with other brand diesels. Anyway, I bought it about two weeks ago from a local dealer. 2nd owner. PO used it as a service truck so im guessing tons of idleing. It only has 160K on the clock. Sounds great, starts great.
I tow around 4500-5500 pounds on average. Nothing crazy. I live in part of AZ that has some good grades and some mountains. I never see smoke out of the tailpipe ever. Takes a good bit of time to get up to speed and then it seems to take alot of energy/pedal to hold that speed. I wouldnt say the truck struggles, but it kinda feels like the brakes are dragging type low power. Im not sure of the % of grades, but I usually hafta downshift even with an empty trailer....I know it can do better. Somethings not right. Its not terrible, but other trucks with heavier loads pass me up the grades. I dont have any SES lights. on my first trip i checked my milage and got around 13mpgs combibed empty and pulling, which I think could be better for the small loads I have...but Im constantly flooring it, so I think milage could definiatly improve. Even with no trailer at all, I feel like Im being held back. Powerstrokes should run better than this?
Any ideas where to start? Im a few weeks away from installing gauges and exhaust. I have access to a snap on scanner. What kind of things should I check? I did clean my EBPS tube and replace the EBPS sensor because it was caked, but I didnt see any difference. Any thought would greatly appreciated.
1999 F350 Powerstroke,4x4, ZF6, crew cab, dually, flatbed with build date of 12/98.
1985 International 1650B COE Flatbed, 6.9NA, IH 4 speed, 22.5's.
1989 GMC C3500, 6.2 diesel, GM8 turbo, th400, dually.
1967 Ford Galaxie 500 Fastback 2dr harttop. 390/C6, Mt. Dew Green.
And a couple of International light lines.....
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