Some issues and questions about the 7.3
I just recently bought a 02 F250 4x4 XLT Crew Cab with 160K. This is my first diesel. Just took it on its first drive today to work.
It has some issues. I also don't know the history of the truck other than it was used for towing a fifth wheel some times and has signs of being wrecked before.
Issue #1 - Steering has play. It is an excessive amount of play. Play on replacing the ball joints some time soon (along with shocks, but this shouldn't effect steering) as they seem to be worn. Is there any other parts besides checking the steering box and tie rods that could effect the steering to have play? It does drive straight if you let go of the wheel.
Issue #2 - Just noticed this today, the gas gauge bouncing all around. Drove like 35 miles to work and it was on full. About 7 miles out, the gas gauge dropped to 3/4 tank then it started to oscillate around 3/4. Once I got to work and pulled into the lot, it was back up to just below full. If this a common issue or what?
Issue #3 - When shifting into OD, it sometimes shifts hard. Is this just the nature of the beast or what? It does need a fluid change, will be doing a flush and new filter this weekend. Will this help with the issue? Also would Mecron V help. It calls for Mercon.
Also this weekend, plan on changing the fluids in the diffs. Any advice for this? Recommend for fluids?
I already changed the oil and oil filter and fuel filter the past weekend.
I just need to make this truck mechanical great and safe to drive. So any advice and insight is greatly appreciated. The truck will be used mainly for a daily driver and sometimes towing the a small 18' trailer for the odd riding trip. Right now, the engine is 100% stock. But in time, I plan on doing exhaust, chip and intake. But first I want to make sure this truck is running great before I mess with it.