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post #1 of 6 Old 11-13-2012, 08:36 PM Thread Starter Fanatic
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How much should I get done?

Ok guys, I need some advice. I have had my 2008 6.4 since January. I am in the military and work too long a days to do any major maint of my own (i do oil and fuel filter myself) and since the time change, there isn't enough light in the day anymore when I get home. The time I do have, I spend with my twin 4year old boys. Also, I leave for a trip from Cali to Missouri in two weeks so my time at home is limited. All this said, I need to get some fluid maint done, especially since I don't know what the prior owner did/did not do to the truck or if it was abused or not. It did come with a goose neck so assume he did some towing. Here is what I was thinking about having Ford do for me:
Brake fluid flush
Coolant Flush
Tranny flush
Transfer case flush
Front and rear diff fluid change

Is this all OK or is 72K miles too soon for any of this? Thanks.
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IMO it wouldn't hurt. Then you know for a fact all the fluids are in good shape.

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I agree with above. Any time i get a used vehicle i change all the fluids and then start an interval from there.

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It certanly wont hurt

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Originally Posted by caliboy@heart View Post
Brake fluid flush
Coolant Flush
Tranny flush
Transfer case flush
Front and rear diff fluid change
Brake fluid: Let them do it.
Coolant: Let them do it (it takes too long to do in the driveway) See if they'll let you bring your own coolant and get something better than Ford Gold
Tranny flush: 30-45 minutes to swap filter and 8-9 quarts. Repeat again in a few days if fluid looked terrible and just drain 6 quarts and refill. Repeat one more time if necessary.
Transfer case: Takes about 20 minutes.
If you don't have a lot of time, have them do the f/r diffs.

Don't forget your washer fluid and checking your air filter. My airfilter looked good but weighed about a pound more than a new one. It kept pulling the filter minder when it was stock.

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The trans is simple and the radiator could be done at the same time. Example.

Drain rad, refill with distilled water but before you run the truck, take the in and out lines off of the transmission. Take the old transmission filer off and put the new one in with fluid. Next you will need two large empty containers. Take the line that runs to the transmission and put it in one container with new fluid (might need to make line extenders here) and take the line that comes off the trans cooler and put it in the other container and that will be the old oil.

As you now run the truck it will suck the new oil up, dispense the old, and run the distilled water around.
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