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Old 05-24-2012, 10:14 PM   #46
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How did we got on the subject of this dyed diesel in the first place?

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You can't run dyed fuel in any vehicle licenced for the road. They are very serious about it here. They stop pickups regularly and take samples.
As I mention #3 diesel fuel that was quite few years back and that #3 diesel fuel is actual a marine grade med fuel oil ( sometime called light #4 ) and belive or not it was UNDYED ! that time then they got smart with it so with marine grade fuel they were dyed green while #2 diesel is dyed red so that why I did use that loophole but not anymore.

Basically it the same rules in European side and I know some of you want to know how much I pay for diesel in France right now it is 1.52 Euros per liter so roughly about 5.78 Euros per gallon but have not convert the money to USD or CAD so it will be little higher.

( Note: Gazoline is about 10-25 cent more per liter than diesel )

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Old 05-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #48
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Since we're on the subject, the truck was purchased with red diesel in it, about half a tank. It's gone now, empty. I'll be filling it up hopefully tomorrow.

A few truckers said after a few tanks there won't be enough trace amount to catch it. And the sulfur levels from the exhaust will change on the first tank, showing signs of regular diesel.

Not my fault, I bought the truck with the stuff in it. Seller only said it had red diesel in it in passing after he already had the cash in hand. I had no idea what he was talking about at the time.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:19 PM   #49
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Fill it full and run it low a few times and you should be fine. keep a copy of the title transfer so you can prove you just bought it. Not all red fuel is high sulfur some newer farm equipment uses ultra low sulfur fuel now.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:56 PM   #50
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I put $40 in her today, got a slight bit over 10 gallons. I'll fill her up next week, had to get new front tires today. I'll be removing the Wrangler's from the rear and having matching Coopers on the rear as well next week.

Anyone want to buy some Goodyear Wrangler Authority 265/75r16's? About 85-90 miles on them. $200.








And the Wrangler's on the back, for sale.




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Old 06-04-2012, 05:11 PM   #51
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I have see that you got a nice truck there I used have old 89 F250 diesel ( non powerstroke verison ) with 5 speed hand shaker it was not too bad for my useage the fuel milage was about 18 on plain #2 F.O. but burn on #3 it kick up to 20 mpg but it did smoke a bit so stick with #2 but in winter time go with 50/50 blend of #1 et #2 diesel that useally take care of it but you will loose some fuel milage on that.

Also you will loose about 10% of power when you burn on #1 due lower BTU and super cold weather it get little harder to light it off but nothing major.

I ran over 400K miles on oringal clutch ( still have over 50% life left ) but replace the transmission twice ( overdrive bearing failure ) and that truck have 4:10 " tractor gearing " so it will kill the fuel milage a little IIRC drove at 75 MPH it turn over at 2500 T/Min. I did add a turbocharger and modifed the fuel pump for more toqure at low turns ( RPM for ya ) and readjust the top engine speed down due too much HP so at 2500 t/min it will have more HP than non boosted at 3300 T/min ( 270 Flywheel HP @ 2500 T/min )

The only weak link I have on old 89 was the drive shaft U-joints I routeally have to replace them every 40K miles due I pull the trailer pretty often.

The early Power stroke engine were not too bad the only qurik was the EHUI ( Electronic Hydrallic Unit Injector ) the 6.0l's it kinda mixed bag it can be good or bad depending on model year but if you check couple fourms which they deal with alot of Power strokes they will have alot of good tips on them and good modifaction to them.

If you need those fourm let me know I will PM to you which fourm.

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Thanks Marc. Funny, I was so into my own world with this thing I didn't even notice your post, just was posting mindlessly away to my own tune.

I'm a member of two different Ford truck forums, one specifically Powerstroke.

I almost bought a '99 with the indirect injection and control module, glad I didn't. This thing is phenomenal and less headache to bOot.

Thanks again, I'll see you on the flipside.

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Thanks Marc. Funny, I was so into my own world with this thing I didn't even notice your post, just was posting mindlessly away to my own tune.

I'm a member of two different Ford truck forums, one specifically Powerstroke.

I almost bought a '99 with the indirect injection and control module, glad I didn't. This thing is phenomenal and less headache to bOot.

Thanks again, I'll see you on the flipside.

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I been in couple other fourms as well.,

Powerstroke
Duramax
The Diesel Garage

There is couple other but haven't been in there for a quite a while so I don't know if still active or been zipped out ( who knows )

The final milage of my old F250 diesel was 663,700 miles the reason why I have to retire it due I found couple hairline cracks on the frame and I feel not really worth to fix it up due I allready got my money worth of that truck.

Right now I am driving a Renault truck it is not too bad but repowered with Duramax engine that did slove my slow poke oringal engine ( almost double of what the oringal engine did crank out ) and belive or not still have almost the excat same fuel milage compared with whimpy oringal V-6 engine about 20 to 22 MPG range ( yeah I did have to change the rear and front axle ratio to get the best useage of this engine )

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Old 06-05-2012, 11:08 AM   #53
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More maintenance, more maintenance..
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:33 AM   #54
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New Monroe Reflex shocks in the front, new rear u-joint, new outter tie rod ends, alignment, replaced differential gear fluid (75w 140 synthetic), new seal on cover.










He painted the cover black, looks much better than before.
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Looks like you got the batteries and tires straightened out. Now do yourself a favor and drop the transmission pan and change the fluid and filter. Those 4R100 trannies will run a long time if they are maintained. If not, they tend to wipe out the bearings in the rear of the geartrain. New fluid and filters will keep them humming along.
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I was wondering about the tranny fluid. Would it be possible that when the fluid is changed the tranny can start to slip? I've heard that if you don't change it by the first recommended change out to simply leave it alone until the tranny goes, something about the metal shavings and gunk in the old fluid allowing the gears to grip. That grapevine pertains to all vehicles, not just the diesel.

Sound about right?
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I haven't heard that. I know that you shouldn't put any conditioner in the engine because the gunk that collects can plug the oil pump pickup, but the tranny thing is a new one on me.
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What about just dropping the pan and changing the filter without draining the entire tranny? I think that's about 7.5 quarts, half.

Nothing's actually wrong with the tranny as far as I can tell at the moment.

Here she is at The Home Depot today. I can't seem to take enough pictures of her.



And here's the smart guy who put some wood in his convertible Saab, leather interior. What really pissed me off about this was that he deliberately went around me to park in front of me in the contractor pickup parking, not being a contractor and all. I almost moved his car for him.
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I don't buy not changing the fluid, burnt, dirty or contaminated fluid will shorten the life of the transmission; period. I would not flush a high mileage transmission that has not been well maintained, but changing the fluid would never be a bad idea. I change mine every 30k or 3 years.

The early super duties had drain plugs on both the pan and torque converter, there is a rubber plug on the bottom of the bell housing, pull it out, rotate the crankshaft to line up the converter plug with the hole and drain it out. I can replace exactly 15 quart in mine by draining both. Drop the pan, clean it out and replace the filter. The OEM gasket is rubber with a steel spine, it can be reused many times.

Your truck calls for Motorcraft mercon fluid but Motorcraft discontinued it a few years ago. Motorcraft Mercon V is the correct fluid now, even though your owners manual probably says not to use it. The formulation was changed a few years ago to make it backwards compatible. Mercon V is a quality synthetic fluid and what Ford recommends. You might save a few bucks by using a generic brand but not worth it, transmissions are very expensive, using the right fluid is very important. I get Motorcraft mercon V from Oreilly auto for about $5 a quart, they order it in and takes about a day.

Consider getting the coolant changed too, old coolant gets corrosive and will destroy a lot of valuable parts in your cooling system. A simple drain and refill every 2-3 years will save you a fortune in the long run.
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It's not like you have to change tranny fluid every 6,000 miles, so why would you skimp on the fluid change? 4R100 transmissions are noted for having oil delivery problems to the rear sections of the gear train. Most of the issue is traced to dirty filters which reduces oil flow. A few quarts of transmission fluid is lots cheaper than a couple thousand for a rebuilt unit. Metal shavings never make anything grip, they just eat precision parts, like bearings and planetary gears and create more shavings. If there are metal shavings in the oil, the transmission is on it's way out.

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