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Unread 05-23-2012, 12:05 AM   #31
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No foam in my 2001...looks good to me.

However, the OP is looking at (Chebby) Duramax. What does anti-foam in a 7.3 (Ferd) mean at the moment????
It's not about visible foam... there were coolant cavitation issues that could cause cylinder wall erosion in the 7.3s if additives were neglected.
Maybe the OP will buy a duramax, maybe he will look at another ford - just pointing out a possible issue with high mileage diesels - how did this become off topic?

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Unread 05-23-2012, 07:07 PM   #32
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I didn't intend to say it was off topic, but reading over what I typed, I guess I did...sorry about that.

I'm thinking I should look into this additive for my 7.3 - that's the first I've heard of it.
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Unread 05-23-2012, 11:22 PM   #33
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I sold my '97 years ago, but from what I remember the additive was supposed to be checked and/or added every 15k miles. The dealer has test strips to check the concentration.

a search on 'powerstroke coolant cavitation' should bring up lots of info.
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Unread 05-24-2012, 06:53 PM   #34
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That additive was needed in the older body style trucks (OBS). The newer superduty trucks use a different coolent that has it already added so it won't be needed for the 99+ trucks.
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Unread 05-24-2012, 09:56 PM   #35
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Now we're getting off topic

Great info though - thanks guys.

Where's your truck Ionakana??? Has it called you yet?????
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Unread 05-26-2012, 07:49 PM   #36
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I guess this would fit in this topic.

My dads getting old, and he wants to get a car. He says it's a smoother ride, and he will like the MPG's better. He currently has a mint 1997 Ford F250 7.3 Stroker. No frame rust, no body rust, no rust at all. Interior is clean, he doesn't smoke. Truck is 100% stock. It has 114k miles on it. Does this sound like a good truck? I know near nothing about diesel engines except the fact that they last forever. How many miles should i be able to expect out of? Any known problems? How much would you pay for it?

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Unread 05-26-2012, 09:15 PM   #37
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Nice truck. Mine was a '97. That mileage is nothing if it's been taken care of. Check the service history (including the coolant additive).
I drove mine to the arctic circle and back and it never let me down. Also check the front ball joints... mine went out very early, maybe due to carrying a camper.
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Unread 05-28-2012, 05:25 PM   #38
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114k isn't even broken in - go for it!
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I bought another F250 last night. It's a 99 4x4 7.3 6-spd manual with 163K on the clock. Exacly what I wanted, cloth seats and the rubber floor. The only thing it doesn't have that I want is power mirrors. The PO upgraded the mirrors to a newer model, they have the turn signals in them and they are heated. They need the wiring connected which should be easy enough. I don't know if they are power mirrors or not though. It also has a DP tuner and is straight piped, it's not loud in the cabin but loud outside, the hood isn't going to like that at 4:00am when I start it up. I don't care for it either so I'm going to put a muffler back on it. Is there a muffler that is quiet that won't increase the back pressure to much?
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Anybody use fuel additives because of the low sulfur diesel? If so, what do you run?
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have you thought about putting air bags on the back to help the ride and help for towing?
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2cycle oil tcw3 rating. 1oz per gallon. And the muffler has little to do with how loud that truck is gonna be. All the muffler will do actually is muffle out the turbo whine when it spools.
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Is 2 cycle oil better than the fuel additives that supposedly have something to replace the sulfur? I bought some stuff redline makes. I'll try the 2 cycle oil, sounds cheaper than the bottle stuff. This truck is loud, I'm going to install a muffler because anything to make it any quieter will help. My neighbor said I woke him up the other morning, he lives down the street so I know the ones next to me were probably pissed.

As far as air bags go, I have a weight distribution hitch, mo better than air bags in my opinion.
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2cycle oil tcw3 rating. 1oz per gallon. And the muffler has little to do with how loud that truck is gonna be. All the muffler will do actually is muffle out the turbo whine when it spools.
exhaust wise the muffler will quieten it down considerably. thats kinda the whole point of a muffler. granted, the turbo itself does muffle much of the exhaust noise but still, a decent muffler will lower the DB output without restricting flow much either.
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exhaust wise the muffler will quieten it down considerably. thats kinda the whole point of a muffler. granted, the turbo itself does muffle much of the exhaust noise but still, a decent muffler will lower the DB output without restricting flow much either.
Having a 7.3 that was straight piped the only noticeable thing is the turbo whistle. Granted it might quite down a little but considerably would be a stretch.
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