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Old 10-03-2016, 08:40 AM   #1
 
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Default 6.0 powerstroke preventative maintenence

I found an 05 f350 that may be just too good for me to pass up. It's a lariat, crew cab, longbox, auto. Has the 05 front-end suspension that I wanted.

I wouldnt have looked twice at it, but it's super clean. It looks brand new underneath. Either it was from down south, or never driven in the winter.

It has the mounting plates for a 5th wheel, so I'm guessing it was just used by a retired couple to pull a camper around, but I will find out more.

I'm going to see if hP tuners will scan engine oil temp, to try and figure the health of the oil cooler before I buy it.

If this goes through, what kind of coolant filter should I be looking at? And what additive should I run in the summer and winter? How often should I change oil? Synthetic, or can I get away with conventional?

What else can I do to get the most life out of it?
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I didn't know there was different suspension?
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05+ got a coil front suspension. Much better ride quality from what I'm told.
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If it's a southern truck, lift up the front carpet by drivers feet and pop off the black rubber cover and see if there is any signs of sand/dirt from a possible flooding. I've seen a dozen times already.

Sinister coolant filter kit, prestone red elc coolant, oil every 5k if light duty.
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Conventional 15w40 is OK, but expect shitty cold starts and misfires. 5w40 works great but will show every leak. Also with 5w40 you might develope a shake feel when hot due to it not being able to sustain ICP like 15w40 can
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Measure coolant pressure, check the degas bottle for cracks and signs of baked on coolant(white stains). After test drive, squeeze upper hose. If hard as a rock probably needs gaskets. If soft, degas cap is probably bad. Replace then retest
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Thanks for responding. On the 03 I had, I used to run 5w40 in the winter months, then switch to 15w40 in the summer.

I will check all of that. Which additive do you recommend dumping in the tank?

And is there anyway I can check to see how healthy the hpop is?
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Lots of great info from Alex
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Thanks for responding. On the 03 I had, I used to run 5w40 in the winter months, then switch to 15w40 in the summer.

I will check all of that. Which additive do you recommend dumping in the tank?

And is there anyway I can check to see how healthy the hpop is?
Hpop will be fine. But if you had the right stuff you could monitor actual vs desired ICP. but the later trucks never had any hpop problems besides the fitting blowing out.

I use stanadyne performance year round. Summer blend, performance formula and winter 1000.
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Just run the piss out of it and restart it hot several times. And I wouldn't even go look at it unless it's Bone cold.
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Haha...it'll be awhile before that happens around here.

Can you find stanadyne locally, or do you order online?
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It should be everywhere now. 2 years ago it was either order it and buy it from us. Since then, stanadyne sold off their fluid division to clarcor. So now that had opened many distribution doors. Sads
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Ok, I will check around for it. I talked to the dealership...it has had 3 previous owners. First sold in Texas, then to Arizona, then here in Nebraska recently.

They are working on getting me in contact with the previous owners so I can talk to them.
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What's your opinion on oil additives? Is it better to just run a better oil and change more often?
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Where'd you find the truck?
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Here in Nebraska, about 12 miles down the road from me. It's mint. Underneath looks as clean as my platinum f150 with 32k miles on it.

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Should not need additives unless your bandages an issue
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GOT DAMN, that's perfect!

What's the asking $?
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$20,9xx

I'm going to try and trade my f150 for it, which is worth about $33k...so we'll see how that goes.

And, you stay the hell out of Nebraska for the next couple days!!!!!!!
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Thanks for all the help @CTC DEEZUL
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Went to look at it tonight. It was parked in it's current spot since sometime Monday. I tried to start it without using the glow plugs. It cranked slow and with just a few turns, the batteries were almost dead. So, I let off the key, then let the glow plugs do their thing, and it started. It was about 60* and rainy all day here. Once running, it was nice and quiet under the hood with no misses.

I took it out on the road and beat on it for awhile. Very little play in the steering, and it's nice a quiet on the highway. I wasn't all that impressed with the power of it though. It felt like it would run 16's or maybe upper 15's. Does that sound right?

On the interior, it's all pretty clean. The foam in the drivers side bottom seat isn't very firm...Looks like it probably needs replaced. It has automatic climate control, and the blower motor doesn't work except when on high. Blower motor resistor? Also, the power sliding rear window doesn't work, and they told me they aren't going to fix it. From the little I could find about it, it sounds like an expensive fix, right?


So, I'm guessing it needs new batteries, unless there is a short somewhere. (Batteries had a 2015 sticker on them, so they are only a year and a half old)

Needs the power sliding window fixed

Needs the blower motor resistor replaced

Needs new foam in the driver's seat


So, I'm guessing it would take $1000 to get it all fixed, if I did it myself.
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After some more searching, looks like 16's are pretty common for stock.
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By the way, hp tuners doesnt read jack shit on these. Pretty much no useful info.
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How were the items that Alex (CTCDEEZUL) told you to inspect?
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