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First Timer Questions
First off, Hello to all. I have been reading forums all day trying to decide what I might call home. This forum seems to have the most knowledge and be the most polite, so here I am. As stated in my thread title, I am a first timer in many ways here. First off, I am a first time Ford owner, secondly and more importantly I am a first time diesel owner. My family is growing and we decided we needed more room. After lots of research and many test drives we came to the conclusion that the Excursion with the 6.0 Powerstroke was the right fit for our family. So, this past weekend I purchased a 2004 Ford Excursion Limited. So far, I am loving this thing, however I find myself completely overwhelmed. I am a big time do it yourselfer, and do all the maintenance on my automobiles, and plan on doing them on the Excursion after I get myself well educated. This is where you guys come in. I have been reading thread after thread all day long and feel like I have gotten a lot of good knowledge. However, I think that a lot of my questions pertain to region more than anything. So, I thought I would post some of my direct questions and see what I get. Before the questions, here is my truck information:
2004 Excursion Limited 2WD
6.0L Powerstroke Turbo Diesel
East Central Indiana (100 degrees some summer days, Sub Zero some winter days)
I have absolutely no idea where this thing is at maintenance wise, so this weekend I plan on doing the following:
Oil Filter Change
Fuel Filters Change (Both filters)
Air Filter Change
Coolant Flush and Fill
So finally the questions
1 Is there anything else that I should change out?
2 What Oil would you recommend for year round use in my region?
3 At what temperature do you normally start plugging in your block heaters?
4 Do I need to add any fuel additives during the winter? If so, what works best?
5 What kind of gas mileage should I realistically be expecting, I have heard everywhere from 12 to 25.
6 What else do I need to know about this alien in my driveway?
Thanks for any and all help.