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Old 10-21-2013, 04:32 PM
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Hello, I am new to this forum and also a new owner of a 1999 F-250 7.3. The truck was originally owned by an older gentleman that used the truck to pull his 5th wheel motor home. He performed regular oil changes and said he also changed the water seperator.

The truck only has 37,000 miles on it. 2 wheel drive base model with long bed.

My 2 question are

1. what regular maintenance should I do on the truck?Other than a few oil changes everything is original.

2. Truck has been in Ga. entire life, the only thing that seems strange to me are the extremely rusted exhaust manifolds. I mean they are really rusted. Should that be a concern?
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37k on it, how much did that set you back???

fuel filter
rear end oil
new power steering/brake fluid
would be good be a good place to start and check the ball joints and wheel bearings if they are original or after market(grease able).
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:24 PM
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it's an early 99 and it set me back 15000 I hope I didn't overpay

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Well anything under 100k is usually about 1 in 50,000. With no rust or major ware id say its a good deal. I'd do a few things but nothing major being a regular cab Lb.

In comparison I've seen 3-4 local trucks on dealer lots with RUST going for 13-18k all with 300k+.
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the only rust issue is on the exhaust manifolds. I have been working on muscle cars for years and haven't seen exhaust manifolds this rusty.

regarding the fluid changes above can you recommend fluid types/weight and brand?



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trans flush.

ELC coolant.

power steering flush (takes ATF)

rear end takes 75w-140 FULL SYNTHETIC. with either friction modifier added or the gear oil will come with it already.
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trans flush.

ELC coolant.

power steering flush (takes ATF)

rear end takes 75w-140 FULL SYNTHETIC. with either friction modifier added or the gear oil will come with it already.
that's good to know my Chevy 12 bolt rear ends take 80w-90 Regular Gear oil. I would not have thought of putting synthetic oil in a rear end. My old 1980 Diesel Mercedes also takes ATF fluid in the power steering reservoir so I already have some of that. Thank you.
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ELC coolant.
I don't think you can use ELC in a early 99' model. Might want to double check that though...
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I would go a head and do a transmission service on it. Maybe just drain the pan and top it off. Not sure if your truck will have a plug in the tranny pan or not though. Probably get 5 or 6 quarts to go back in it.
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I don't think you can use ELC in a early 99' model. Might want to double check that though...
What is ELC type coolant and why would an early 99 versus a late 99 use a different type of coolant? remember I'm a total newbie when it comes to the powerstroke.
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