Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Yeah Right
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Well if you've been on here that long you'll know what to look for. But here's my list:
-Hard lock the steering wheel left and right while making slow turns. Listen for clunking, squeeking, etc.
-Run the truck hard up some hills and check the coolant levels, smoke in the exhaust, etc.
-Check the low pressure fuel pump under the driver door for leaks.
-Find out when the last fuel filter change was. Any more than 10k and I'd leave it in the dust.
-Check leaks with flashlight. Crawl under the truck and lay there. Spend a few minutes with the flashlight on everything.
-Listen to the turbos while driving. Turn off the ac and stereo. Tell the seller to shhhhhhh and listen really well.
-Check the tranny slip by giving a little throttle to 1000 rpm and shift into gear from neutral. Make sure there's no flare.
-Smell the tranny fluid. If it's burnt, walk away.
-Pull the OASIS and make sure all warranty repair was done.
-Open and close every door really well.
-Check functions of both power seats for full lock forward to back.
-Pull down the rear seats and see if there is a jack and tire iron.
-Roll all the windows up and down individually and listen for screeching or bad motors.
-Check 4 wheel drive. Lights on the dash should come on indicating it's working. Then drive and listen for problems.
-If you check the engine oil, it will most likely be black even if it only has 100 miles on it.
Get the thing really hot. Drive it hard and then pull into a gas station, pop the hood and listen. Make sure there's no coolant leaks. Make sure the pulleys aren't squeaking. Check the belts.
Oh and buy a scangauge BEFORE you purchase. Hook it up and setup the coolant and oil temp monitors. Make sure when you're running hard that the oil is not more than 5-10 degrees above the coolant. Make sure both return down to 185-195 (depending on the thermostat in it) in a reasonably quick period. Oil will take longer. If the delta is high and doesn't drop quick, walk!
God I could go on forever.
Last edited by Expirobo; 08-08-2013 at 08:36 AM.