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  • This is my first vehicle with a limited slip rear end so I can't answer your question. I don't have enough experience with one. I too have chirped the tires when pulling out kinda quickly and turning on dry pavement. But they did not spin. However, when I test drove the truck it was raining really hard and when I got on it from a stop and turning right, it fish tailed hard to the left. I believe this is normal because with out limited slip the tire that breaks loose would just keep spinning. At least I think thats right. The power these things have still surprises me.

    I checked my speedo with a GPS also and found it to be 4 or 5 MPH slow . I just can't believe this thing won't get better mileage. I am REALLY hoping it gets 17-20 when I get a few more thousand miles on it. Other wise I should have kept my Dodge with a 360 gas engine.

    I would like to hear more input from others and their mileage experiences.
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Be sure to read through MPG: F-Series Real World Numbers

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  • Rusted, you're GPS is reading 4mph SLOWER...Must have had a brain cramp. I did get 18.2 mpg when I had the stock tires and wheels, but I took those off after a week of owning my truck. I like the way my truck looks, but I'm just waiting to see if I get better mpg after I have about 20k on the truck. Most of my driving is city, but tomorrow I have a job in San Francisco which is about an hour away, I'll be pulling around 3,800 lbs on my trailer....I'll let you know my mpg because when pulling a trailer it's 55mph here. I talked to the dealer about my limited slip...he said it's fine if that chirp was on a turn on a dry surface. I can get it to fishtail either direction when it's wet. The dealer also said that taller, bigger tires will put more of a strain on the rear-end clutches though... I don't care..I'm keeping my truck come hell or high water. I love fords, they've been good to me. I'll send you a pic of my truck if you want just to see if they are sitting at the same height.
  • Sure, a picture would be fine. When I need new tires, which will be a while, I will probably go with some that are slightly smaller. The front now sticks out from the body a little farther than I like and there is not much clearence when the wheels are turned far either way. Off road they would be problem. Let me know how the mileage goes over time. Thanks for the input.
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  • Rusted, I drove 207 miles today and averaged 14.79 mpg, this was in traffic and on some three to four mile hills. I was pulling my 6x10 trailer (enclosed) and I suppose it is around 3800 lbs. My speed fluctuated from 10- 75 mph with most of it at 60-65. I have been reading up on chips and was thinking about a tuner/programmer and setting it up on the economy setting??? Any input will help, I would rather not take chances with my truck warranty so if you have any info I'm all ears.
  • Well that MPG doesn't seem too bad considering the truck was "working" pulling a trailer and going up hills. As far as chips and tuners, I do not have a clue. This is my first diesel and don't really plan on doing any of that so I have not researched it. I too do not want to mess with the warranty nor spend the extra money. Besides, it runs great now and I can't see needing more power in the future If my mileage does not improve after about 15K miles, I may consider it. Sorry I can't help.
  • I read in someone's posting that their truck did not have the 1/4 turn valves for draining the water from the fuel filter housings as the manual says. Mine too. I have the allen head plugs. What a pain in the A##! Has anyone asked their Ford dealer if valves can be installed? I plan on asking. Going under the truck on the side of the road with a small wrench and flash light, if dark, and trying not get fuel all over me is stupid.

    Also, has anyone had their speedometer recalibrated for different size tires? I have been told that a dealer has to program the computer. But, I see what appears to be a small gear housing on the transmission. My '97 Dodge had this and all I had to do was change out the little gear in that housing. Took 5 minutes and got the speedo right on. The dealer wants $80.00 to recalibrate.
  • My 2005 F250 has 7500 miles on it, runs great. About a month ago, I noticed at slow speeds, a metallic "jingle" sound from the front driver's side wheel that occurs when the truck drives over any sort of bump. I wonder if it is a bearing of some sort. Passenger side sounds fine, no noise. Any ideas about this?
  • cpecpe Posts: 7
    Have a 99 that had the same problem. Had rotors turned etc. etc. and it always came right back. I love the truck but I was about to get rid of it because of the problem. I tow a small trailer with tools for work. Went to napa auto parts and got their ceramic pads put them in ,didn't even turn the rotors , the problem went away and has not returned. Good luck
  • You may want to review the complaint below that I found on the NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION's website. It might be a related problem to yours. I am interested in buying a 2006 F250 SD, but won't until I find out if they fixed this problem and what it was. I will let you know if I can get to the bottom of it.

    Make : FORD Model : F-250 SUPERDUTY Year : 2005 Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10134178 Number of Deaths: 0 Date of Failure: August 23, 2005 VIN : 1FTSW21555E... Component: STEERING Summary:

  • Hey ya'll !
    Firt time user of these forums & I got a question. Recently, my truck will change its idle sound. I dont believe it's slowing or speeding...just gets quiet.Lasts about 2 secs....then gets louder. Happens across the time map. Sometimes when I first warm it up, other times after driving 140 miles..?
    This is my first diesel, so bear with me if these are stupid questions. The guys at the dealership just hummed, hawwwwed & could tell me nothing. Mind you this is after getting shuffeled around from person to person.Felt pointless, kinda like picking fly [non-permissible content removed] out of a pepper mill.. :P
  • When my powerstroke is warm and in neutral, the idling is not constant. It goes up and down, 500 rpms to 1100 rpms. This stops when the truck is in drive. Can anyone tell me if there is a sensor that is out or the nature of this problem. Thank you for your help
  • cpecpe Posts: 7
    Should I have power at the brown wire with the engine warn and the wait to start light on?
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  • This is normal. It has to do with rerouting exhaust gases to speed up engine warm-up. When enginge temps reach a certain point idle increases. It should happen in Park or Neutral.
  • I currently own a 02 dodge 1500 v8 4x4. I am seriously thinking about buying my buddy's truck which is a 00 ford f250 v8 powerstroke diesel. The truck has 80,000 miles on it and has a 4 inch skyjacker suspension lift on it. The truck has 315/75/16 inch mtr tires on it. As a first time buyer of a diesel truck is there any info I should be aware of when taking this truck into consideration. I am a college student so unexpected expenses are not really welcome. Do I have to be concerned with the life of this trucks turbo or transmission. Thanks for any input.
  • I have a 2004 6 litre 4x4 f250 diesel, and at times when sitting , idling it becomes almost silent...then gets first diesel. Not sire what to make of it...HELP
  • Does your buddy have the maintenance records for the truck? That would be the best indicator of the condition of the truck. If you take care of the 7.3L Powerstroke, it can easily go 250-300K miles before needing a major overhaul.

    Few questions: Did he use a coolant additive to prevent cavitation? (Cavitation is bubbles in coolant that can actually erode the cylinder walls and decrease engine life.) Did he tow with it or plow snow? Did he do any engine mods or chip it? If he was conscientious about the maintenance, didn't beat on it, and the rest of the truck is stock, then the truck should be almost worry free.

    Few points to check.
    Diesels with their heavy front ends are rough on the ball joints - Ford cheaped out and didn't put grease fittings on them, so the ball joints could be getting a bit creaky by now. The lifted truck also adds to increased chassis wear. Diesel Superdutys are also tough on brake rotors - lotsa folks needed to turn rotors quite often to get rid of brake pulsation.

    If he towed with it, there is a chance that he overheated the tranny. The auto tranny was a bit of a problem for folks who towed heavy loads. But from what I've heard, if they were gonna fail they usually failed at lower miles. Many added tranny temp gauge and supplemental coolers to improve reliability if they towed.

    If truck is chipped, then there is potential for higher exhaust gas temperatures, which in turn could cause oil break down and premature turbo bearing wear. (THis can also happen if truck towed heavy over long distances and big hills.) Best thing to do if you've been pushing hard is to either drive slowly or let the truck idle for a couple of minutes before shutting down. It allows the turbo to cool down properly and you avoid the oil break down problems

    In general, Diesels require a bit more maintenance than a gasser. Need fresh, clean, water free fuel. Regular fuel filter changes. Oil changes are 16 quarts, filters are more expensive. A bit more finicky to start in cold weather. Need to wait for glowplugs to warm up before starting in sub freezing temperatures. In sub-zero weather you will probably need to use the engine block heater.

    Diesels get better mileage than a gas engine, but right now diesel is anywhere from $0.25 to $0.40 per gallon more expensive than gas,.... in my area anyway.
  • I ran across a site that claims i can use old restaurant grease with an additive to mix an alternative fuel for my diesel truck that will cost around .46c a gallon with no detrimental effects or alterations required. anyone here ever tried this?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Basically, that's homemade biodiesel. As long as you prepare it correctly, as per the instructions, it will usually work. Most people use it as an extender to regular diesel - very few are willing to run 100% biodiesel.

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  • ncfncf Posts: 1
    Hey, I have a 99 F-250 crew cab. The back right door did the same thing and made a thud. I found out it was the lock auctuator. you can order a new part on it was only about $40 and it was fairly easy to replace
  • Help. My 2001 F250 Superduty, (V-8 Gas) 4x4 has issues when it comes to cold starting. As temps get below freezing, it takes more and more tries to start the engine. This increases as the temp drops, so at zero degrees, it could take up to 10 tries before the engine fires. Once it fires, it runs fine. One suggestion was coolant temp sensor (not temp sending unit). I could not locate this on the engine. Any suggestions and or help? Please email off list to .
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  • Help. My 2001 F250 Superduty, (V-8 Gas) 4x4 has had issues the past two winters when it comes to cold starting. The starter cranks fine, but as temps get below freezing, it takes more and more tries to start the engine. This increases as the temp drops, so at zero degrees, it could take up to 10 tries before the engine fires. Once it fires, it runs fine. One suggestion was coolant temp sensor (not temp sending unit). I could not locate this on the engine. I can't find this thread in the archives; there's info on diesel, but the 5.4 is not discussed.
  • bud11bud11 Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 F-250. When I make sharp turns at low speeds (10-15 mph), a chime sounds. Does anyone know what this means? The fuel level is fine.
  • i have a 94 f250 power stroke with fuel pouring out of the(what i call the fuel canister). i am trying to find a salvaged one but not exactly what to call this part. does anyone know what i am talking about and where i can get one.
  • yhcyhc Posts: 6
    Good day everyone.

    I have a '04 F250 w/6.0L diesel engine. The truck has less than 12,000 miles on it yet it has stalled 4 times in the past 15 months. Usually the engine stalls while going less than 30 mph. The dealer has come up with various diagnosis to include faulty ERGx2, "I don't know but the engine oil weight is too heavy" (for 15W30).

    My truck is not on the recall list but the dealer ran diagnostic anyway without them finding any problem. Has anyone dealt with their super duty trucks stalling on you while driving? Do you have any further info? Thanks for your time in advance.


  • Hello All,
    I just purchased my first diesel (wife has horses and trailer). It is a 2000 7.3L Powerstroke with 118K miles. SuperCab with long bed. The truck was sold to me from a small dealer who got it through an auto auction. Needless to say, no maintenance records. I had the local dealer check it out and repair a few items. My question (that the dealer couldn't answer): The turbo is louder than normal. The dealer said it could be OK and go another 100K, or not. The noise (high pitched sound) is most noticeable, when accelerating, and quickly backing off. Any ideas if this is serious, or if I can expect another 100K+??
  • The new automotive diesels are supposed to idle at 1000 to 1100 rpm's when the ambient temperature is near freezing or below. I don't know how you can "kick it down" with throttle, just tap the brake pedal and idle will drop to shift speed. If you leave it in park or neutral and continue idling and the temp is cold (ambient) the idle will increase again. This is a normal behavior and it is good for wear and tear, electrical as well as engine warm up. Big trucks either have a manual throttle or an electrical switch to accomplish what the 7.3 and 6.0 do for you automatically. :)
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