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Old 06-02-2009, 10:56 AM   #1
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I think I may have found my truck!

We looked at a 2000 Ford F350 yesterday. It is a 7.3 diesel, extended cab, longbed with 89,000 miles on it. It goes to the Ford dealership tomorrow to get checked out. Hope it's a keeper, becasue this truck is almost exactly what I was looking for.
Thank you all for your help with my questions.
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:30 PM   #2
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We looked at a 2000 Ford F350 yesterday. It is a 7.3 diesel, extended cab, longbed with 89,000 miles on it. It goes to the Ford dealership tomorrow to get checked out. Hope it's a keeper, becasue this truck is almost exactly what I was looking for.
Thank you all for your help with my questions.
Good luck and enjoy!!!! David
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Boy, that is low mileage for a 2000 model. Make sure the dealer does the CPS recall.

Hopefully the owner has keep the tranny oil clean and fresh.

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It all checked out at the dealership - the truck is ours! It appears to be very well cared for and we are very happy with it. It took a while to find just what we wanted, but our patience paid off : )
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Is it a SRW or DRW, which axle ratio? Let's see some photos of it.

Mine is an 02 F350 CC, DRW and it is really a good road machine.

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It's a DRW. We were looking for a SWR, but when you're looking at used, you take what you find. I tried to post a picture, but it didn't work.
Whats the CPS?
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CPS is a Camshaft Position Sensor. You can get on on line pretty cheap and change it your self. A lot of us carry a spare in the glove box with a socket that fits.

It is located on the front passenger side of the engine. Looking up at the bottom front of the engine, you will find a pair of wires with a plug. The CPs is located at about the 8 o'clock position. Undo the plug and remove one bolt. It may take a psir of pliers to work the old CPS out. Put some oil on the oring and put it back in.

Time about 20 minute which includes getting the tools out and get a beer to toast your work.

Mow that you have the beast, check in to http://www.thedieselstop.com for lots of Power Stroke info and advice.

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Thank you Ken. I remember reading about that somewhere. How will I know if it's gone out?
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The truck will just stop running. Ford had a recall on them. I bought one to have just before the recall. Now I still have a spare. Hope you like your truck as much as I like mine.
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Generally it will intermittently stop, especially at idle but will restart for a short time. It will get worse as time progresses. then it may run a few days, a week,,,????

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Thanks. I'll check on that recall, and make sure my husband is aware of the situation.
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I carry a spare CPS in my truck. So far, I have only had the motor stall once a couple years ago while driving down the hwy, motor just shuts off! It Fired back up before I slowed down too much.
I know it only time before CPS completely fails.

We have an '01 F350, it has been a fairly good truck (69,000 mile on the clock). I think you are going to be happy, it will make a great tow vehicle.
If you are new to the turbo diesel, I recommend you go hang out on thedieselstop.com and you will learn a ton about that era motor, do/don'ts and what to watch out for.
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With the 7.3L as on any diesel, it is very important to keep 3 things clean.
1. Lube oil and Filter
2. Fuel filter.
3. Air Cleaner.

Thr truck hold 14 to 15 quarts of lube oil and most folks run the Shell Rotella, 15W-30 oil. I also carry a spare fuel filter and a spare fan drive belt. The belt I carry is a used one, but is very serviceable in an emergency.

I do the oil changes myself due tot he cost from the shops being so high. Also make sure you keep the zerk fitting on the front end greased.

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We, too, have a spare CPS in our glove box. We bought our truck in 2006 with 86,000 miles on it and now has about 102,000 or so miles on it.
We, also, use the Shell Rotella oil.

Good luck with your purchase, we love our 7.3!

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