Main question- Where can I find the best price on ARP studs...and get them pretty quick?
04 F350 SRW-Have had issues with surging, dying at idle, puking/losing coolant...etc. since day 1 with this truck(6 months ago). Bought on a Saturday and was at the local dealer that Monday. So far they have replaced FICM, ICP, EGR Valve, BP sensor, some valve related to turbo, and cleaned the Turbo...same problem starts 100 miles or so later after getting it back each time(4 seperate). Finally took it to another dealer which called yesterday saying the headgaskets are blown. Funny, exactly what the local dealer said WASN'T the problem. I asked every time and they said I would just have to keep an eye on the coolant but the other issues weren't related to the head gaskets being blown. Had to give them permission to check EGR Cooler, Oil Cooler, and Turbo to find the causes before warrany(Easy Care/Motor Trend) would decide if they will cover. Warranty actually expired this past weekend but the truck was there and claim # issued before expiration date...still probably going to be fun. Turbo was just cleaned but could it have caused blown HG? Thought is was most likely caused by one of the coolers, right?
So...what besides studs and coolant filter would you suggest for someone on a tight budget? Wife has a rope half way around my neck over this truck as it is and she's 7 months prego so it's probably twice as bad as you imagined!
Already spent a couple grand and alot of time without truck on crap that most likely wasn't even a problem...warranty didn't cover FICM, BP sensor, ICP, and cleaning the Turbo.