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2000 F350 purchase questions
Ok after more than a year of searching, I may have found my first powerstroke. It is a 2000 model, 6-speed manual, dually, 186K miles. I have tried to educate myself during that time, so I had compiled a checklist of things to look for when I went to look at it yesterday. A quick rundown follows:
I didn't see any smoke out of the tailpipe on a cold start, start itself was ok, no warning lights on the dash remained illuminated, didn't see any broken bolts on the exhaust manifold, etc. The dealer lady told me that they had replaced the water pump because they found that the fan was a bit loose. I asked if it had overheated at all, but of course her answer was 'no of course not.' The test drive went ok, everything works lights, door locks and windows-wise, and the clutch isn't slipping. Brakes work ok, no pull one way or another. Seemed like I heard a slight whine from the power steering pump when I would turn the wheel from center, but that could be normal, dunno. Right rear door has a slight squeek when opening. Right rear fender has been damaged and will need replacement. Carfax was clean, no accidents reported, not salvaged title. I checked all of the lines on the doors and the bolts on the front fender under the hood, all looked ok. Did notice one oil leak underneath, appeared to be coming from the sump plug. The dealer lady didn't know a thing about SCAs, didn't know what that was, which surprised me. There didn't seem to be a lot of smoke coming from the oil filler neck after the test drive. More than after start, but nothing seemed excessive. No oil was coming up and the smoke appeared white-ish, gray. Engine never ran rough nor idled rough. Forgot to test the cruise control, but the gal said it worked. Told her I would need to test it prior to purchasing. The vacuum pump seemed to be ok because the A/C system blend doors changed directions (defrost to foot, etc) normally, ergo no long delays for that.
So, this being my first diesel of any sort (worked on gas engines as a hobby for years), I thought I would post here and see if anyone has any feedback. Particular questions I have are:
1) What was the deal with that water pump replacement? Is that common? Could it have overheated I wouldn't be able to tell?
2) Just how big of a deal is the lack of SCAs having been run in this thing? It seems to have varying importance depending on who you talk to. For me, it seems quite important, though if you get to it in time, you might be ok, but at 186K miles, that's a bit late. Or so it would seem. I had decided on which SCA system I would run, but I forget now, it's been a while. I think I have it written down somewhere. Any suggestions?
I would like to take the truck to a local diesel tech for a once-over and she didn't seem opposed to that, though she did say that her tech had looked it over and replaced the water pump, so it should be ok. But I'll insist, I just don't feel comfortable with diesels yet. Is that a good call?
Ok thanks. Happy New Year to everyone. All the best in 2014!