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Old 11-13-2011, 05:08 PM
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what do i need to know?

what do i need to know about a diesel? bought my first 04 f250 6.0 diesel today and so far i know im addin something in a white bottle to the truck when i fill up.. to wait for the glow plug light to go off before turning the truck on.. and thats about it.. lol anybody that has advice id appreciate
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:07 PM
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Read the first link in my signature. That'll get you started. Then read, read, read, and ask questions if you don't understand.

Congrats on the new truck and welcome to the org.
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:09 PM
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Welcome. Yes read. Understand what you have and it will last forever when you figure out how to take care of it!
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Use Ford Filters
Change oil every 5K miles
Be easy on her till temp gauge says its fully warmed up ( also dont be the guy to fire it up and just drop it into gear right away when cold)
If in a cold climate plug the engine heater in
Use lighter weight oil if you want to in winter (make sure its for diesels though)
Change fuel filters in spring and in late fall
Use a additive if you want. I used to use diesel kleen.
If your in a colder climate keep a bottle of Diesel 911 just in case.
Rotate tires every other oil change you get your mileage out of them that way.

Thats my list but others will vary but thats my GENERAL list.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:10 PM
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whats an engine heater? does the truck have one?
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The engine heater is a coil that runs through the block of the engine to warm it up when it gets cold outside. Most people plug it in when it gets below freezing. It helps keep the engine and oil warm so that start ups are easier and it doesn't take as long to warm up. Yes your truck has one, the cord is usually tucked up under the front bumper. Oh and
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