Need some quick guidance on taking care of some of my new trucks "personality"
Just like to say this is my second post (intro first) here and I am excited to be a part of this community. I have read some great stuff from here over the past few weeks and am really ready to dig in further.
I am really trying to get her back to fighting weight here as I will need some hard work out of her soon where I cannot afford to be without a vehicle so any help is greatly appreciated.
Background. I am a quick learner but am a self taught homeowner mechanic. I have not tackled too many projects over the years but have not been stuck in any of them left not wanting to handle more difficult adventures. My truck is a 2002 F250 7.3 Crew, Long, Lariat, 4x4, that is stock other then No Cat, straight pipe and an AFE intake. She is big, red and 125,000 miles young. I got her from a rodeo fella in Wyoming for a good deal. IF he took care of the maint like he did the body and interior then hopefully I got a long run deal here.
What I have done.
Did a complete and thurough flush of the radiator and put in some Delo 400. Put in a new stat and replaced the hoses.
Did a power steering flush and fill (got rid of my groan/whine)!!!
Put a new oem fuel filter back in
Replaced the CPS
Replaced some cable terminals on the pretty new interstate batteries.
Put a new starter in
Changed back to factory oil filter and switched over to Rotella T-6 5w-40
Put Mag Hytec diff cover and new fluid in rear and pulled cover and changed fluid in front diff.
My issue. Number one...should I get the autoenginuity scanner for the long haul? I have never used a scanner before but the benefits seem obvious. Too much for a newb?
She is having some goofy starts. Before I changed the oil and brought the level to actual full there were some longer then desired warm and cold starts but more warm then anything. It would crank for about 3-4 seconds before firing up maybe 5 seconds. The duration is definitely less now that I have changed the oil but still longer then the strokers around me. I have checked the oil level in the HPOP and it was almost to the threads. The cold starts are hit and miss but this morning she cranked and hesitated multiple times for about a 10 second duration then I stopped the process and and did a wait to start cycle again and she fired right up with more white initial smoke then normal. Once idiling after a few seconds no smoke, sounds normal and drives fine. I was planning on changing the ICP and IPR but want to get input first. If those should be regular maintenance items and it is high time to replace them then I won't even question it and just do it. Should I go factory or not on those. I have gotten OEM on everything else other then the diff cover and oils/coolant. I also noticed that when I changed the fuel filter that there is oxidation inside of the bowl?? I don't have any leaks at this time but was planning on just pulling the bowl, cleaning and rebuilding with the kit from Guzzles website...It crossed my mind that the corrosion was from the fuel setteling too much and creating an air gap to allow oxidation to form but maybe that is far fetched. Take care of this problem right away or focus on other things first. Other ideas?
My last concern is there is a very slight surging when stopped at lights for a while. It also is less pronounced since I changed oil and sometimes I cannot even notice it. The engine idle seems completely consistent however there is a low and slow pulse almost like it is related to exhaust. My dads mechanic said he would not even sweat it especially having no muffler, straight pipes and no Cat. Worry or let this one go.
Any other things you would handle maint wise right away. I really need a dependable driver here.
I know that is long winded but I am trying to lay it all out there. If this relates at all the mileage is around 18 on the highway with some side streets, she purrs going down the road, I can hear a lot of turbo whistle with the AFE and I actually drive around with a smile again. I truly like this truck so far.