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New member soon to be from Oregon
I bought a 2002 F250 CC SB Lariat 4x4 P-stroke about 5 months ago. Truck is Gray/Blk two tone and Gray interior with center console. So far the truck has been o.k. but I've had a few troubles.
First off, I think it has some "undocumented" water/flood damage. Carfax, etc was clean, but fog lights are all rusty inside and I have had some odd electrical problems mostly related to harness connections - 4x4 wouldn't engage at all. Granted, the truck lived all of its life in Corpus Christi, TX up to this point, so perhaps the salt water in the air is responsible for this.
Anyway, I'm starting to like the truck more as I have it longer. I finally found this forum - which was probably one of the biggest things I felt was missing. The chevy community has great support forums - probably due to the rarity of the 6.2/6.5 and lack of mechanics who are comfortable working on them. Now that I have found a powerstroke forum, I can fix my own truck again!
First problem to tackle is the random misses and occasional stalling. From what I have read, it appears the CPS is most likely at fault. I am hoping to replace that in the next week so I can give the truck a fair chance. It's hard to like something that gives up on you.
Next problem is the vacuum hubs on the 4x4. I have to manually lock the hubs in order to get 4WD. I can hear the vac pump running like crazy when I engage 4x4 with the hubs in auto mode, but the front wheels aren't engaged (despite 4x4 light on). I also notice that when I put it in 4x4, the air starts coming out the defog vents - I can only assume there is a vac leak somewhere in the hub system and when engaged, it depletes the system to the point where the A/C deflector door can't stay in place anymore and defog must be the default.
I have been a long time diesel owner, but this is my first venture in to Ford territory in the diesel arena. Past diesels have been:
1991 Chevy 1/2 ton 6.2L N/A Ext cab pickup
1999 Chevy 3/4 ton 6.5L Turbo Suburban (I miss this one)
1995 Chevy 1/2 ton 6.5L Turbo Ext cab pickup
A bit about myself:
I was employed as an electronics engineer for the last five years (until late 2005). I'm now in the military, currently at Moody AFB in Valdosta, GA but soon to be moving to Klamath Falls, OR. I'm married with 2 dogs, but no kids (yet).
I have spent some time researching and dabbling in homemade biodiesel, but nothing too serious. I ran it in the 1995 listed above with no problems.
I look forward to participating in the forums!