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SAMURAI JACK
04-14-2006, 01:24 PM
for ford powerstroke diesels what problem should I be aware of or should expect to replace soon if buying a 1997 ford F-250 diesel with 238,000 kms with manual transmission and 4x4. Also what would be a good cheap engine mod to get more power.

HEAVY METAL
04-14-2006, 01:30 PM
just look out for the blue oval....[f]

ShortStack
04-14-2006, 01:31 PM
You can check some stuff here :

http://www.mycarstats.com/ <- this one has complaints, reports, etc on it.

http://www.alldata.com/TSB/


I can't help directly with the truck but those sites might give ya some basis :)

SAMURAI JACK
04-14-2006, 01:33 PM
thanks heavy but other than the obvious its a ford, blue oval etc etc etc.[1d] :D

HEAVY METAL
04-14-2006, 01:36 PM
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Wagz
04-14-2006, 05:04 PM
Get a chip ( engine programmer ), intake, 3 inch downpipe, and 4 inch straight pipe ( exhaust ). Oh and if your gonna get crazy with it ( which i always suggest ) performance injectors and propane injection.

Just my .02 cents.

shockless
04-14-2006, 06:16 PM
chip and exhaust make a big diffrence

sparky
04-14-2006, 08:50 PM
but nos on it and add a 2nd turbo then 5 point harness .......[f]....[15]
........buddy of mine works for ford and he allways replacing injectors in them and turbos............other them that they seem to go forever sortof............"watch out for the blue oval"....[15]..[f]





































[cheers]

epic3
04-17-2006, 04:24 PM
Get a chip ( engine programmer ), intake, 3 inch downpipe, and 4 inch straight pipe ( exhaust ). Oh and if your gonna get crazy with it ( which i always suggest ) performance injectors and propane injection.

Just my .02 cents.
Propane injection would kick ass and one helluva fat ass turbo or two

jeepingpw
04-17-2006, 04:49 PM
I first had a '85 with the 6.9 no turbo. Got 15mpg with a snow plow & camperette on it. I straight piped it & got 10km/h more going up the hwy here.
Sold it & bought a '95 Power Strock that had a chip. Could roast the tires all day long. Straight pipe would have been good. Only problems I had at 175,000kms was the fuel heater & relay in the fuel filter ($400.00)
Also use the de-foamer in the engine oil or the top end rattles.
Only thing I didn't like was the 12mpg empty (auto). My buddy still has the same truck with a 5speed & only gets 13mpg empty.
I now have a '93 Bronco, 351W on gas (15mpg) & a '85 F350 CC, 460 (7mpg) on propane.
If I had the coin, I'd get a Dodge diesel.

sj-x 500
04-17-2006, 05:36 PM
that's odd.. my dad's 84 ford gets 20 mpg empty, 18ish loaded. it's a 6.9 N/A.

the 7.3's have some issues with the clutch, and fly wheel, it is a flywheel dampened engine, not front crank shaft like almost everything else.

my dodge diesel gets an honest 20mpg if i keep my foot out of it and do 100k ish. drops to about 16 mpg when i flog on it and do 120-140 on the coq. or hope - princeton.

m j
04-17-2006, 05:39 PM
the injector drivers like to die. $1500

gordwould
04-17-2006, 08:04 PM
also the 7.3 is know for cavitation of the block around the cylinders in the earlier 7.3s but they have a additive for the cooling system to help prevent it and other than glow plugs most you will find the links from blazer girl [cheers]