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There have been a number of dicussions on www.ford-diesel.com about the Ford vs foreign assembly plant. I thought it said foreign but maybe it is Ford. As pistolero said, it's on its way to you from the assembly plant. Believe the VIN for assembly country.
All, been gone on bisness to CA.,just now getting caught up on the posts. Still love my truck, avrg. 20.5 mpg
2. I recently ordered a y2k 250 Lariat CC PSD AT SWB 4x4 green over gold. I notice you folks batting acronyms around like VOPC and CAC, and that you seem to be fairly up to speed on where your truck is at in line. What does VOPC and CAC mean? And how, other than bugging the dealer, can you check on the status of your truck?
From a newby who is waiting.
Best deal is continue to bug your dealer and suggest to them that they give some feedback to Ford to provide a web site so you can track your vehicle yourself.
Re: oil changes. Yeah, the PSD holds 15 qts (2 of which are in the filter). Sounds like many folks in ford-diesel get their oil changed at Wally-world while many change their own oil (Motocraft filters from Wally-world, Shell Rotella T from either Wally-world or Sams). I think the owners manual says 5K for normal use, 3K for heavy use. Surf over to ford-diesel. They have alot of FAQs on maintenance as well as Forums where, if you don't find the answer, you can pose your own.
jeez, bess, that's scary. we don't have much of a problem with that in our suburban like area (people type "animals" is mostly our problem).
cr133r... apology appreciated, accepted, but unnecessary. some of the stuff I write sometimes seems rather confusing even to myself (much less others).
thanks, maincowgirl. all those in waiting may want to take some "lessons" from you. including myself as I really "lost it" there, towards the end of our delivery "saga"... patience of a Saint!
the PSD holds 15 quarts & 2 must go to the filter when you change that out or the engine will be "starved" for oil at first startup afterwards. it'll take about 12 quarts on the change (including what goes into the filter). the manual says that SEVERE service should be changed every 3 k. here's the lowdown on that: taxi service, police or fire/rescue, pulling at or near GCWR for extended periods, dusty conditions. those scenario's warrant at least a "look" at change out more frequently. of course, this practice wouldn't be a "bad" idea for ANY engine. we've pulled about 50% of the time so far but the next pull will be at least a 3k one. we'll change out at 4k or b4 we leave in late May (whichever occurs first). note that you also need to check the coolant additive at that time with those test strips sold by DIS (url: www.dieselpage.com/index.shtml). note that Ford probably also sells the strips. if it's off you'll need to add the additive itself (also avail from Ford or DIS). we don't use a diesel additive locally as we obtain fuel from a "HESS" that moves a lot of fuel via fleet vehicles. it's also plenty warm enough around here so no worry about jelli-fying the stuff.
This is a test.
Because of the brush guard, the damage is minor to our truck, it totaled the other one.If you are thinking about getting one, DO IT! it's well worth the money.
On a differnt subject; just before leaving for Las Vegas, UPS delivered a Ford bag and a note saying they were sorry for the wait, I bought mine off a lot so I did not order. Go figure.
On the trip we got 13.5 mpg ave. with a best of 19.7 or so from Flagstaff to Kingman AZ. (all downhill) belive it or not.
Y2K 350 4x4 V10 CC
Time is a factor also, if I don't put more than 3000 miles in 3-4 months then I change at that intervel. Keeping fresh oil in the psd is very critical to its long life. And I also prime the filter it will hold about 1 3/4 quarts.
and put in 'aux fuel tank' into Search Words, select Subject Only in Search In (drop down) and Search All Forums and Archives. There are a ton of articles which should help answer your questions.
250 4X4 CC Lariat V-10 SWB 3.73 blah blah blah...
Well....back to painting....bordering....and putting molding up in daughters room....and then on to other daughters room....and then to my room. Wife has been busy putting me to work around here. But at least she doesn't have one of those bee-hive hairdoos.....Seeeeeeeeee Yaaaaaaa.....
They told me its an acid wash and sometimes does the job in one or two applications. I think ford has the dealers blowing smoke up our "you know whats" because they all know about the rail dust problem but aren't very familiar with the fix. The two dealers I've been working with both act very sheepish when I ask questions about the acid wash. They ordered it about three weeks ago and haven't got it yet. They said that ford doesn't recommend the detailers clay. They don't know if the acid wash affects the clear coat or not!
I'm just praying to the patron saint of paint that my comes out good and isn't made worse by the whole thing. I'd follow the advice I've been given on this site and have a good paint shop do it but I want to make sure ford backs the paint job for at least until the truck is paid for. Anyone else got rail dust? On many of the colors it can barely be seen until it gets bad. LOOK AT YOUR PAINT CLOSELY!!!
Maybe ford will get a clue and COVER the new cars and trucks!
Probably cause its broke in (5500 miles) and getting warmer..
I'm lucky as I live close enough to KTP (Raleigh NC) that SD's are shipped here via truck.. No rail dust..
gtt1: I'd love to get a brush guard, but unfortunately I currently only have about 12" total space left (front to rear) in the garage when the beast is parked.. So, the brush guard would probably make me too long..
Of course, I could get rid of the 4' deep shelves in front of the garage, like grocery stores use, but they are handy to have.
In case anyone else with a V10 cares, I talked to ford about my knock. They say it is "normal V10
flutter" with no explanation of why it happens to some and not others of the same configuration. They wouldn't even give me an exact cause but I'm sure it is due to exhaust pressure.
ONE MORE THING! I have a thump and shudder after start up when rolling in forward or reverse. The dealer changed out my LS rear end, happily, at that. THAT WASN'T THE PROBLEM! Anybody know what the sam hell it is???
The driveline noise is a bit more noticable in my SD than the old Ranger, but nothing unusual for this size of a truck..
I don't have any vibration or shutter.
I have not received a duffle bag either, and I am feeling left out! I got my survey from Ford which I filled out and returned promptly. I complained *loudly* about the cupholders in the survey, for all the good it will do.
Over the weekend, I drained the fuel/water separator, just to see how it's done (looks like only fuel came out, did not see any water). How often should this be drained? It was easy to do, once I found a suitable hose to stick on the end of the drain tube. I had an old (broken) pump garden sprayer, and I salvaged the hose off it. It was just the right size to slip over the drain tube, and just the right length to hang into the jar I put on the garage floor.
I was going to lay under the truck and look at the drive train while my wife slowly backed it up so I could see something shaking. I thought better of the idea. She might just take advantage of the situation and make it look like an accident. My life insurance, for some reason, always gets paid before any of the other bills. I better not take any chances. I'll let the dealer figure it out. I'm just afraid they'll change a bunch of good parts out before they get to the right one.
I didn't get a duffle bag, dernit! I don't know what I'd do with it anyway, I don't have any duffle to put in it. If they were to send a bullsh** bag I might be able to fill it up!
Goodnight from southern california!
I have heard others say they used a clay bar to get rid of the rail dust with good results, I woulden't know personaly since I didn't have that problem with my beast.
Don't let them mess up your paint, then have to repaint the whole thing. Good luck from another Southern Califorian.
all, check www.ford-diesel.com . I remember seeing a ton of discussions on rail dust there but don't remember what the suggestions were for cures. (Forums, Search, Search all Forums and Archives.)
I got a call from my dealer a few minutes ago. I have been scheduled, and my truck is due to arrive here on April 17. My salesman prefaced that by saying, "Now don't hold me to this." I just laughed out loud and said not to worry about it that I'd heard through the grapevine there may be a delay or two. This is just like one long perpetual Christmas Eve!
gtt1- So glad you all are ok. Terrifying no doubt. Nothing like a big ol' truck is there?
Cowgirl, if your estimated delivery date is 4/17, when was your build date?
IF ANYONE KNOWS THE ACTUAL CLEARANCE NEEDED FOR A 250 CC 4X4 SB AUTO LARIAT V10, I HAVE 81 1/2" TO MAKE IT UNDER MY GARAGE DOOR OPENER. ALSO, MY TRUCK WAS BUILT FEB 28, DO I HAVE NEW CUPHOLDERS? AND WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE ORIGINALS.
Check www.ford-diesel.com for clearance heights. I remember seeing this discussed a few times (both height, width, and length).
I have the new cupholders (truck build date was 2/17). As I recall, the old cupholders didn't hold big drinks, didn't hold drinks well and broke easily. I suspect these are an improvement but they're still kinda flimsy IMO.
btw, if your build date is 2/28, you outta be seeing that new truck pretty soon. I took delivery just over 2 weeks from build date. (Build 2/17, home 2/29.)
well my truck was in the body shop for 1 week i picked it up and they had told me that they repainted the whole left side of the bed and boy did it look great they really matched up the paint good "island blue cc met" in the sun it's only a slight shade lighter then the rest of the truck and you cant even notice it unless your looking for it, a real quality job and i'm happy with it.
can someone tell me if there is a tsb out on the rail dust problem????? thanks
f250 sd sc 4x4 lariat v10 auto 265/75/owl island blue cc met
Does your truck have an auto tranny? I'm trying to figure out why mine shudders after startup when rolling slowly in gear. My dealer replaced the LS rear end but I've still got the problem. As with most other minor problems, it seems like you've got to figure it out yourself before you take it to the dealer. I don't want them replacing any more parts unnecessarily.
Keep in touch!
P.S. Damn, you get up early!
crazyelvis)... wow, hardly NO trucks at all, huh? makes you wonder... but there should still be a few more months of build for y2k's.
sdman... haven't paid much attention to the mileage computer... you can "reset" it? suppose I really ought to delve into the owner manual a little more. anyhow, the manual on the draining the fuel filter is at every oil change or 5k, whichever's sooner. haven't done either yet as we're not putting much miles on these days.
jepsonfam... your "senario" is just one more nail in the "doubting-thomas's" coffin when it comes to the allocation issue. if the dealer one chooses does NOT have allocation, one will NOT get a truck!
maincowgirl... keep those patient fingers crossed.
btw. has anyone seen this ad on the "new" 2001 (yep, that's ONE) D***e? seems like they're advertising the biggest diesel (and everything else) on the "planet". they're always a couple of "steps" behind, it seems. (where were "they" a couple of YEARS ago?)... and the last time I looked, we've still got quite a ways to go b4 2001 arrival.
What is it??? A superduty F450 crewcab dually decked out for LUXURY TOWING. It can haul 18,500#s. It is being billed as the ultimate luxury towing machine. Anyone heard of it??
I'll let you kno after I see it this week!
Tested the free roadside assistance today. When I went out at lunch at work, the right front tire was almost flat. Ford had someone out there within the hour to change it, free of charge, of course. It looks like the tire can be plugged and saved. I ran over a screw. I'm still running the original rubber (28,000+ miles so far).
thanks for the info, I have worn out my stanley 30'er and have given the garage a good cleaning.
I have a chevy tahoe in there and when measure out what I need for this new beast I cannot believe the size difference, looks like 4' in length and almost 9" in height.
thanks to all for your info and best of luck.
I am getting the short bed without towing pkg. I think I will be fine. Thanks for the input and the
note about the antenna. How uncomfortable is the driver seat for long trips (if you don't have the capt. chairs). Writeups say its too flat.
an hour later they said I would have a truck Identical to mine delivered in 2 weeks. Truck is on rail as we speak.Maybe just a coincidence, but after 31/2 mos.of non information, and really hammering my salesman, I hope to have in 2 to 3 weeks. Will let you know.