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post #1 of 7 Old 01-28-2019, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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196,000 since bought new. Transmission at 85,000 plus other things like wheel bearings, ball joints etc. Recently, power steering pump went out. $1200. Brakes all new one year ago but calipers replaced under Les Schwab warranty but another ball joint and bearing. New tires and shocks coming this week. Weeping rear seal, some blue smoke ([email protected]$3000?) Know of a guy with 02 @492,000 so not to worry? Overall, truck in really good shape and I've had it since it was a puppy so hope to keep it going ....any thoughts?
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WELCOME.....

THAT IS ONE "VERY EXPENSIVE" POWER STEERING PUMP.....
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2001 F-350 4X4 ECLB SRW.....CURRENTLY IN THE SHOP FOR SOME MAINTENANCE.....SHOULD BE ON THE ROAD SOON?....
CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR AN AFTERMARKET REAR BUMPER.....
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.........Weeping rear seal, some blue smoke ([email protected]$3000?) Know of a guy with 02 @492,000 so not to worry? Overall, truck in really good shape and I've had it since it was a puppy so hope to keep it going ....any thoughts?
Are you absolutely sure its the rear seal? Reason I ask is because you could just as easily have a top end leak thats draining down through the hole thats in the intake valley. Could be anything from the turbo pedestal (plunger or orings), hpop lines at the heads or pump, or even the "non-serviceable" plug on the hpop itself.

as far as the blue smoke, I'd bet you have some worn out orings. If you aren't having hard start problems in the cold, then you could just put a new set of orings on and run some hotshots secret through the fuel and oil (it worked for me with the same issue before).

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196,000 since bought new. Transmission at 85,000 plus other things like wheel bearings, ball joints etc. Recently, power steering pump went out. $1200. Brakes all new one year ago but calipers replaced under Les Schwab warranty but another ball joint and bearing. New tires and shocks coming this week. Weeping rear seal, some blue smoke ([email protected]$3000?) Know of a guy with 02 @492,000 so not to worry? Overall, truck in really good shape and I've had it since it was a puppy so hope to keep it going ....any thoughts?


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Hello and welcome to the forum. 196,000 miles? It's just getting broke in good. I'm with @GETFURIOUS ; That is one really expensive power steering pump. @shackledupford has a good point, too. Rear main seals very seldom go bad on our trucks. Maybe check your turbo pedestal or other areas known for leaks before resigning to a RMS replacement.


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Thanks for the reponses. Steering pump cost included a new hose and alignment. All at the most expensive outfit in town; but, the wife does business with them, so.........
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$1200 for a power steering pump and alignment? Holy smokes. Anyway, as said, rear main seals very rarely leak. There’s a drain in the back of the valley that lets oil from leaks on the top of the engine run down the back and make it look like a rear main.

If you do regular oil changes, your injectors should be fine for a while. Unless they’re already at the point where they’re hanging up bad when it’s cold, don’t worry. Just change the oil every 5k


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