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Old 05-15-2013, 05:09 AM
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TX Newb here....advice

About to go look at a '08 6.4 with 101k on it. One owner but he did pull something as it has a fifth wheel attachment in bed. The truck is at a well known dealership here in TX. Its a 2WD SRW CC.
Now from what I read on this forum is that the recalls should be taken care of but the TSBs might not. Is this right.
Any advice on what to look for besides the obvious is welcome.

Thanks for helping.....
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:50 AM
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Get VIN and pull an oasis report. The stealership should have it.


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Crawl under it and look at the fuel pump under the driver side frame rail. Make sure it's not leaking (mine was). Try to take it for a night as a test drive and try to open the drain valve on the pump to see if it is full of water or not.

Also, if you can take it for a night, pull the upper fuel filter and look for rust or discoloration in the bowl and the color of the filters (black is bad). Make sure to re-prime it after you do this.

If you don't have one and are definitely going to buy a truck, go buy a Scangauge from Autozone or Oreilly's. Setup exhaust gas temps, oil temp, and coolant temps. Take it for a long haul. Check for running too cold at night downhill (no load). This will indicate a bad thermostat that might be not been seen during a hotter day drive. Make sure you pull a big hill and check the delta (difference) between the oil and coolant temps. Oil runs slightly hotter and should stay around 2-5 degrees difference. Make sure they both go back down relatively quick when you come off the hill. If you don't have a hill, really get on it for a little while on the freeway. Check that your boost it going up too. My boost hits somewhere around 35 psi when I'm on it without a load. If it hesitates or doesn't seem to go up smoothly, you might have a sticking turbo.

Most dealerships will allow you to take the vehicle for a night or two to get it inspected.

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Old 05-15-2013, 02:03 PM
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WOW....thx for all the info. I appreciate it!!
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Welcome brother! I just dove in to the 6.4 diesel world last month. My '08 has 140k miles, FX4 4x4 crewcab with the leather upgrade. I love the truck, runs strong, and my wife and her friends say I look sexy.

However, don't just buy it because it makes you look sexy. Make sure it's a legit truck and take your time inspecting and driving it.

Good luck and report back if you get it. PICTURES!
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