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Going to look at 2002 F350

Hey folks, I am going to have a look at a 2002 f350, the truck was owned by a independent roofer who towed a dump trailer. The truck looks to be in mint condition from the pictures, no rust. I will be using it for towing dump trailers and large enclosed trailers.

The truck has 345k (Kilometres) I know thats getting somewhat high but I figure if it's in good condition I will have a look at it.

I have a good list of stuff to look at such as oil leaks in different places, smoke coming out of oil fill tank, steering issues, brakes.

I'm curious if there is any simple things to look over that will tell me to walk away from the truck or not, I am obviously worried most about a worn out motor. Obviously I can't do a compression check in the guys driveway. I plan on bringing a friend who is a diesel mechanic, powerstroke mainly.

Any info would be great, thanks guys.
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check for blue smoke at start up and when idling especially when its warm. take the oil fill cap off and turn it over and set it back on the oil fill pipe at an idle. it should only vibrate around from the engine vibrations ,if it it bounces from pressure coming out the fill pipe you have blowby from worn rings and low compression

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my truck has 289k miles and runs strong , no blowby and will only use 1 qt of oil when it hits the 5000 mile oil change. maintenance = longevity just remember , the drive train also has the high mileage so check for leaking differential wheel seals , any rumbling or grinding can be bad wheel and or axle bearings

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my truck has 289k miles and runs strong , no blowby and will only use 1 qt of oil when it hits the 5000 mile oil change. maintenance = longevity just remember , the drive train also has the high mileage so check for leaking differential wheel seals , any rumbling or grinding can be bad wheel and or axle bearings
Great, thanks for the oil cap tip.

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Exactly what I was looking for, thanks.
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