what to look for....
intrested in purchasing my first diesel, a 7.3 psd at that and was wondering what i need to look out for while shopping for one of these beasts?
since the diesel truck market is slim to none in chicago, i am looking at a few dealerships located in northern texas that specialize in diesel trucks; there for i cant really see/touch/feel for my self until i fly down there....
the truck in question is a 2000 crewcab short bed 4x4 7.3 psd with the automatic trans, 176k miles on it.
i know the milage is not an issue at all for the motor, my buddies father has a 00 7.3 with just shy of 600,000k on it, chipped and towing its whole life, he is far from a good owner at that, oil changes when he has time (usualy 20k mile intervals :x) and beats the piss out of it, and it comes back for more on a daily basis.
but i want to know what questions i should ask the seller, what i should look for, and listen for that will indicate that this is a healthy truck? if/when i venture down there...
what are indicators of bad glowplugs? and why would that matter?
i also recall reading something about top level oilchanges and lower? can someone explain this? i want to be able to give the truck a good tune up/refresh once i get it home, figured id change the oil, atf, flush the radiator, t case/diffs fluid change as well, anything else that should be done to keep the truck in great running condition?
feel free to throw in any other useful 7.3 info, and thanks.