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What's considered high mileage? I'm looking at a '02 dually with a 7.3 with 138K. Clean truck, priced right and doesn't look beat. What should I be looking for? Any thoughts appreciated.
 

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138,000 is not bad, considering it is 6 years old, that is about 21k per year.

When it comes to the engine check to see if there is any oil around the bell housing. This could be a rear main. Or the o-rings on the high pressure pump are leaking. Also look underneath and look at the feed tubes to the turbo. The o-rings would wear and cause a leak.

I would also want to have the balljoints checked and brakes. Those were the big maintance items.

Also, the biggest problem was the trans. Check to see if the fluid looks burnt or smells burnt.

If it cost under 30K then it is a good price. In this part of the country, most people that bought these truck and took care of them on the outside then it was safe to say they took care of them mechanically.

The only other thing I can think of, was the crank sensor. But I wouldn't worry about that till it became a problem. Like a No Start.

Check your PM's
 

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I've got a 01 with 7.3 with 138,000 miles on it, the only problem I've had with it are the Glow Plugs relay went thru 3 so far. and I had a noisy front hub, and I put new rotors and brakes on it once, and my fuel filter canister developed a leak. other then that change oil every 3 to 4 thousand miles with a good Deno oil or 4 to 5 thousand with a Syn. oil.



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Pull the air cleaner lid and look for dirt, look at the compressor wheel very close. Any signs of dirt I'd get worried. Oil leaks are no big deal, dusted engine = empty wallet.

Thats just getting broke in for one of these engines thats been cared for.

Tranny issues are not the end of the world either, hell they are doomed from the get go off of the assy line as far as I'm concerned. A few dollars in the right areas will do wonders in its reliability.
 

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Thanks for the tips, going to go look a little closer tomorrow. Then it's up to the banker :wink:
 

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BTW the Crank position sensor has a current recall from ford for replacement so thats a no cost fix if never been done up to now.
My 7.3 has 127,000 miles on it and run great and I think nothing of driving half way across the country in it. others have listed most of what needs checked on them though.
 

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Yep, I'm making a list of questions to ask as we speak. Thanks for the suggestions, I do appreciate it.
 

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I know you are asking about a 7.3 but I just wanted share this info.

I haven't had the first hic-up with my 07 6.0. matter a fact the fuel mileage keeps getting better! :shock:

It had been getting 16.9-17.4, now it's getting 18.1 week before last and 18.6 last week. (Bone stock f250 2wd.) I love to come across the extra money to put a 5" cat-back exhaust on. I'm sure that would give me a couple of points.
 

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That's a lot better than I'm getting with my 5.4 in my '01 F150 4X4. This time of year, about 14 if I don't warm up very long. Love my F150, just need something with more grunt for pulling a trailer.
 

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I've got over 275K on my 01 and it runs great. Just a little loud is all. It needs injectors PLUS I need to get off my lazy *** and do the in-tank fuel pickup mods. That should shut it up some...

If the one you're looking at checks out fine I'd say go for it. I bought mine almost 2 years ago with 228K on it. other than few sensors here and there that have been bad it's been OK. If you're not afraid to work on it then you'll be OK. If not be prepared to spend the bucks for someone else to...
 

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JSracing said:
I have a 96 F350 with 80K on it and it runs like a top. A little cold natured but once it warms up it does just fine. is there a recal on the crank position sensor for the 96 yr model?
No it's for 97 and newer. Here is the list

Econoline 1997-2003 Lorain Assembly Plant 4/3/1996 - 9/16/2003
Excursion 2000-2003 Kentucky Truck Plant 3/25/1999 - 11/1/2002
F650/750 Series 2000-2003 Cuautitlan Assembly Plant 1/20/1999 - 10/31/2002
F-Series 1997 Kentucky Truck Plant 6/18/1996 - 12/17/1997
F-Series 1997 Cuautitlan Assembly Plant 6/11/1996 - 12/10/1997
F-Series 1999-2003 Kentucky Truck Plant 9/3/1997 - 11/4/2002
F-Series 1999-2003 Cuautitlan Assembly Plant 10/2/1998 - 7/21/2003


You can check your vehicle for recalls here

http://www.ford.com/owner-services/customer-support/recall-information
 
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