Well, I am settling into life with my new to me and very beloved eary 99 7.3 PSD
This past weekend was my first experience with a non-start situation due to cold weather... it was about -45°F and my batteries just could not handle turning that starter. This was one of those situations where I did not mean for the truck to be stranded out in the woods when the cold spell hit, but its just the nature of how it all happened that I got back 2 days later than I had planned and it was COLD! Thank goodness my fuel was not gelled too bad. All it took was getting some friends to jump BOTH batteries and she fired right up, though I doubt it was getting as much oil as it needed... oh well not gonna let it happen again
... gotta love these things! Today I am getting a pair of those Optima Redtop Batteries to help prevent that from happening again and am planning on switching to a lower viscosity oil.... anyhow I digress...
Tonight is fuel filter change night, will be my first time. Thus I have searched the forums and am led to believe the following:
1. My early 99 7.3 has 2 fuel filters... one on the right hand side frame rail and another basically on top of the engine (same canister as the water separator) Whether or not they are the same part number is as yet unclear to me.
2. I plan to run Rotella Synthetic 5W-40 in this thing during winter (temps RARELY above 0°F) and probably the 15W-40 during the summer... any thoughts or warnings on this would be appreciated...
Next my truck seems awfully loud, especially in the cold weather, I am a bit worried about this and am wondering what could be wrong... has plenty of pick-up and go and runs smooth, but just very loud! Hard to have a conversation in the cab if running more than 1800 RPMs
Lastly, I think I started to have some gelling problems last night since it would only run at lower RPMS and the outside temperature was getting colder and colder by the minute. It was definitely a fuel delivery problem since I sort of solved the problem by adding more fuel from a more reliable source as well as some Cetane booster by PS, but as the temperatures continued to plummet the problem came back. What is the best thing to add to this darn ULSD to get it to perform at these extreme temps? I read a little bit about Opti-Lube and was thinking of using it, any thoughts?
Any help or comments/suggestions are much appreciated!