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First roadtrip, couple of questions.
So I took my new to me 2001 F250 on its first road trip this last weekend. Went to Vegas. About a 5 hour drive each way. Overall it went really really well. I do have a couple questions though.
First, this is my first diesel truck, so keep that in mind. The truck is a lifted 2wd crew cab short bed. Its got a 6" lift with 35" all terrain tires. I have daily driven the truck for the last month or so. Putting a good amount of miles on it every week. This was my first road trip though. Now for my questions.
1. When I got to Vegas I got out of the truck and smelled diesel. At first I thought I was crazy and told myself of course I would smell diesel, its a diesel truck. But ultimately, of all the miles that I have put on the truck over the last month or so, I had never smelt it like this before. From outside the truck I primarily smell it from the driver side, can smell it at the front, but don't smell it on the passenger side. So is this normal or should I be looking for some kind of leak? Could it be the fuel cap?
2. I am hearing a pretty good "hum" from what I assume is the tires. I have had tires that hummed on some of my lowered trucks, but this is not quite the same as I have heard in the past so I thought I would ask. I heard it from the front driver side tire, but that could be just because thats the one I was closest too. Anyways, normally I would expect the hum to be pretty consistent but this seemed to be different. The only way I can explain it is that it would get louder when the suspension loaded up and quiter when it unloaded. Like if you were going over some smooth hills in the freeway, when the truck would hit the bottom of the hill and compress it would get loud but at the top of the hill it would get quieter. Sometimes it would seem louder than others. It just struck me as odd that it was such a big difference in the droan so I didn't know if this would be normal for larger offroad tires or if it might be something bigger like the wheel bearings telling me something.
Thanks for your help.
2001 F-250 7.3 2wd
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