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Old 01-09-2008, 01:23 PM
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My First Diesel - Do's and Dont's?

I was curious if you would be willing to help me? I have purchased my first diesel... 2005 F350 V6 Crew Cab Lariat with approx. 51K miles. The truck is in awesome condition and looks great.

Would you be willing to post your personal list of Do's and Don'ts????? PEARLS's of wisdom or the things that you wish you would have been told when you bought your first diesel?

I would appreciate any posts.

Thanks, Russell
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:32 PM
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I assume when you say V6 that you really mean Powerstroke V8?

What exactly are you looking to do? Or are you just wondering how to keep it running in tip top shape in the stock form?

And you might wanna fill out your sig so that people can help you out in the future easier.
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:48 PM
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Sorry, Yes Powerstroke V8; it's been a long day.

You hit the nail on the head, any information that could help me maxamize the use and enjoyment of having a diesel.

Sorry if I was vague.

Thanks!
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my dont suggestion would be dont put gas in it !! i know that seems odvious and probally smart a** but you said this is your first diesel and old habits are hard to break youve been pulling up to the gas pump all your driving live now its different i garantee out of habit youll pull up to the pump and grab the wrong nozzle a few times ive seen it a bunch of times heck one of the orgs diesel vendors did it at the diesel show a couple months ago i wont mention any names but it rhymes with patrick anyways it happens and if it happens dont start the truck !!
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Welcome to the ORG and Powerstroke Family. Let it warm up a few minutes before you drive it. If you decide to put a chip on it check it out and get info before and make sure there are no bad side affects. I dont know if you know about all the things you can do to a diesel, but if you dont BE YE WARNED!! IT IS VERY ADDICTING, I think most on this site can agree with that, and can burn a hole in your pocket before you know what happened. If you plan to fix it up alot get gauges and a transmission out of the way so you dont have to worry about it later. One thing I can say about chips for the 05, dont get a hypertech whatsoever my friend blew his up with one. Uhhh, change the oil too that always helps, change the air filter, all that routine maintnence. Thats all I can think of right know. Hope this helps and all goes well with your truck and you like it!!!
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Probably one of the biggest things are to let it warm up before taking off and give it time to cool down before shutting it off.
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Probably one of the biggest things are to let it warm up before taking off and give it time to cool down before shutting it off. If you just start looking in past forums there is a wealth of knowlege that could probably answer most of your questions. Oh and by the way
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:57 PM
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Probably one of the biggest things are to let it warm up before taking off and give it time to cool down before shutting it off.
About the cooling off part you can get a thing that keeps the truck running after you turn it off. Don't worry about someone stealing it cause when you hit the breaks to put it in gear the truck will shut off. I makes the turbo last longer.....
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Diesels are meant to last a long time but they need a lot of maintenance. Especially the 6.0. Don't scrimp on the oil changes and filter changes(oil, both fuel, air). Go easy on it until it's warmed up.
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Seems like the big points have been covered.

Just stoppin' in to say
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