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Purchased 2010 6.4, have some newbie questions
I just purchased a 2010 F250 6.4, Lariat 4x4. What an awesome truck! I know absolutely nothing about diesel engines, but I love driving this truck so far. I have always driven F150's, but our new camper was not fun to drive with an F150, hence the upgrade. There are some great deals on new 2010s right now, i got $16k off sticker without much fuss.
Since this is my first diesel, and dont know anybody else with one, I have a few "newbie" questions. The truck did not come with an owners manual, the dealership is supposed to be sending me one, and I dont have much confidence that the salesman knew what he was talking about in his quick walkthrough. I have spent several hours reading through this forum, so I have a basic understanding of the new DPF emission system.
1. The salesman mentioned I need to let the motor "cool down" before I turn it off. He said to idle it a couple minutes before shutting it down. Is this necessary all the time or maybe only after hard driving?
2. He said not to tow anything until I have 1000 miles on the engine. I was hoping to take our camper out this weekend, will only have about 350 miles on it by Friday, do I need to really wait before towing my 6K camper 200 miles to the lake?
3. Idling....he said if I am going to use the truck again in 30 minutes to just leave it on, its better on the engine and fuel. Is this true? How much fuel does this engine use while idling? I know diesels are different than gas in this area, but dont know exactly why. How long can I safely idle the engine, say if I wanted to catch some sleep in it.
4. Are glow plugs really $1,400 each? When warning me about starting the engine until the glow plug light is off he said it was a very expensive repair.
5. When should I get my first oil change, in my gas engines I have always done the first one at 2k miles or so.
Thanks for any help, and feel free to point out any other things this newbie should know about the switch to diesel. Its going to be weird pulling up to the green pump!