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New truck (and my first diesel)

Well yesterday I picked up my new truck (new to me) and it is my first ever diesel. Its a 1996 F-350 with 80K miles on it. The truck is immaculate inside and out! There's a few minor defects like the clear coat peeling on the front wheels, but it is a 96, so I can live with that. I do have a few questions about the truck though. Is there anything you all would recommend to do right off the bat? The previous owner had the oil changed by Ford 2 months ago and only drove the truck roughly 200 miles since so that should be good. Should I add a fuel treatment? Anything else to check that anyone can think of? It does need a new air filter so that's already on my list. Thanks in advance!
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Great looking truck. Any time I buy a "new" vehicle it gets a complete fluid change. Otherwise just get in it on it and under it looking for little things, blown bulbs, small oil / fuel leaks etc.

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Re: New truck (and my first diesel)

That is my plan. I have a 93 F-150 and from the time I got it in high school to now it is amazing how much I have learned about working on trucks and the amount of things I learned myself about maintenance in general. So I hope that it will be the same case with this truck. I do have some help on my side as I help my buddy with his IH pulling tractor so I do know a good amount about diesel basics and luckily he is great with them so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I am also going to try and convert it to run on WVO as my neighbor does these conversions on trucks. But that is a whole different thread...

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I would change out fuel filter, Test anti freeze and change if needed, check diffs and trans change if needed, Make sure everything is greased. Usually i try to look at all the things most people forget

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I would change out fuel filter, Test anti freeze and change if needed, check diffs and trans change if needed, Make sure everything is greased. Usually i try to look at all the things most people forget

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check all the wear parts to, brakes, u joints, bushings, diffs, trans, tcase, engine oil. coolant, filters, then once all the matainence checks out then you can start with the goodies, intake exhaust and so on

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Re: New truck (and my first diesel)

Nice looking truck.

I agree with the others, check all the fluid levels and go over the entire truck, so there will be no surprises

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