I'm trying to upgrade/restore my 2001 Platinum Edition to its former glory. It's not in bad shape (pics to come) but has some wear on it.
I have list of future wants but more immediate needs. I wanted to tap into Powerstroke.org, folks that helped keep my beast running in the past. Any help and direction is much appreciated in advance.
MODS: I put a hypertech chip, set to Stage 2, I have Banks Cold Air Intake system, Bellows Up-pipes, EBV delete, new pedestal, DieselSite Coolant filter, Evans waterless coolant. Replace all ball joints (MOOG) and outer seals/dust cover, new Hubs, brakes.
So you know where I'm coming from. I purchased her used in '05 as retirement gift (yes to myself, always wanted one). The transmission blew that year, complete rebuild, then she died again and Ford put a IDM, (I think thats right acronym) in it. She runs okay but is slowly losing MPG and making some rattling noises in the front end and it feels like the 4x4 is engaged. And she eats water pumps for breakfast.
1. The ole girl has trouble starting below 40* plugged in she does fine. Not a normal problem with Texas heat but something is wrong, any suggestion?
2. She has an oil leak (on top) I can't pinpoint, I thought it was the pedestal but its not the pedestal this time. any thoughts on trouble shooting?
3. This will be my fourth water pump in three years, I buy Airtex but every 9 months or so I get the smell and another pump is gone. This one is after the Coolant filtration install. I'm baffled as to what could kill them so quickly????
4. When driving I get these rattling noises; to me they come from the front passenger side. The passenger side axle knuckle is very clunky and I have some gear oil showing. When I turn sharp it feels like the 4x4 is engaged is this normal at 300K miles? I did replace the sway-bar links. What could be rattling so much? ***I can't stand strange noises***http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/ima...LyT9B5AN1z.gif
As stated, I appreciate any help as I thoroughly go through the ole girl and make her run well and shine again...plus I need to put some new rings on her fingers (wheels and tires) Pics and updates to come.