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Old 02-18-2009, 10:32 AM
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Hi,
I just bought a 2002 PSD a cupple weeks ago, and already have put 2000 miles on it, about 1000 of them towing 16000 lbs. It is a 250 that is all stock. I am going to put it in my shop this weekend and drop the fluids on it (engine, tranny, diffs) wondering what else is important to check on these. the truck has 155000 miles on it, and never towed anything untill I got my hands on it. Any input would be helpful.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:34 AM
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Probably coolant, flush it or at least make sure the SCA levels are correct.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:41 AM
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What does SCA mean?
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anyone have any ideas?
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It is the additives for the coolant. SCA stands for "Supplemental Coolant Additives " and you need to keep the levels right to protect cavitation problems. Most people don't bother with this, sad to say. At 150K+ I would do a complete flush and replace with a true ELC ( extended life coolant) I use the Fleetrite ELC, no better coolant out there, good for 300K and out to 600K if the extender is used at 300K with no checking of SCA's needed. Just do a proper flush, PM for directions. I would also install a coolant filter while doing this. It will save your WP, I would also flush your brake fluid as well as Power steering fluid. The PS and TC take ATF and I would use synthetic, it does help. Mercon V is okay in these two places. However if you have a auto trans only use Mercon/Dexron III fluid, this was discontinued in June of 2007, so once the supply is gone it's gone. Some other things to do would be the Zoodad mod, and the CCV mod is a must for every 7.3. Here is a link.

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It is the additives for the coolant. SCA stands for "Supplemental Coolant Additives " and you need to keep the levels right to protect cavitation problems. Most people don't bother with this, sad to say. At 150K+ I would do a complete flush and replace with a true ELC ( extended life coolant) I use the Fleetrite ELC, no better coolant out there, good for 300K and out to 600K if the extender is used at 300K with no checking of SCA's needed. Just do a proper flush, PM for directions. I would also install a coolant filter while doing this. It will save your WP, I would also flush your brake fluid as well as Power steering fluid. The PS and TC take ATF and I would use synthetic, it does help. Mercon V is okay in these two places. However if you have a auto trans only use Mercon/Dexron III fluid, this was discontinued in June of 2007, so once the supply is gone it's gone. Some other things to do would be the Zoodad mod, and the CCV mod is a must for every 7.3. Here is a link.

CCV Mod
I agree with everything NCHornet said other than the necessity of the CCV mod. If you power wash your engine bay occasionally no need for this mod
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