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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-25-2018, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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Probably the same old questions

So bought a 97 as my tow rig for my camper and boats. Won't be a daily. I work as a boat mechanic and have experience with larger inline 6s in older snowcats (Cummis 8.3L and Mercedes 906LA mostly but a handful of others) so not clueless, but certainly know I have lots to learn to keep the old truck in top shape. So here come the questions...
1) Have a slight squeak in the steering column and slight clunk when changing directions. Can also feel it when going through dips. Sounds and feels like it's all in cab. Hoping it's the u-joints in the column but thought I'd put a feeler out to see if anyone has any insight on this issue.
2) Been driving it a bit to suss out any issues and notice a slight stumble/misfire(or at least that's what I think it is) but it's only under very light load and very little commanded throttle. Mostly cruising 35ish in town with no weight. Is this normal or should I take this as a precursor to injector issues down the road?? As soon as I command more throttle it cleans up right away. Also seems more prevalent before thermostat opens so colder cylinder temps waa(assumed).
3) Is anyone religiously using additives??
4) Wanting to monitor GET, Trans temp, boost etc. I know a lot of guys run pillar gauges but I think at some point I may want a tuner as well. What would yo recommend as a monitor/tuner?? Is there already ECM inputs for these functions that can be read from OBD2 plug or is that why everyone runs pillar guages??
5) ANY other mods/maintenance suggestions y'all would recommend. Not trying to build a fast truck, just a reliable tow rig that handles the weight.

Otherwise I couldn't be happier with the truck so far. Put on new meats. Changed oil and filter(used Motorcraft filter). Need to do fuel filter still. Also needs the carrier bearing replaced and new u-joints while I have the driveshaft out. My press at the shop isn't tall enough so going to have to get crafty to do the job I think. Didn't realize it when I was giving the truck a shakedown but hitch is a crummy universal set up where it was three piece sleeve set up for any width frame. Installer stitch welded it to frame so going to cut welds with a thin cut and install a Curt class V hitch. Pretty much always poor so mods will be slow/paycheck dependent.
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I know the stumble isnt much to pay mind to, but you could try out some REV-X or other oil additive. That may help smooth it out a bit. Also, just use high end oil in general is my take, since those injectors are run by oil...I run Amsoil.

For a tuner, a Hydra chip by Power Hungry Performance is your best bet. I like analog gauges so I got nothing to input about a monitor.

Do an aftermarket exhaust (with the 3" downpipe) and an intake. I run a Donaldson "6637" filter. Its great.

Shoulda bought a Cummins.

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That clunk in the steering column will probably be followed by what sounds like something dragging in the column while you're turning. It'll get worse if that's the case. I have a bearing kit I've yet to put in mine and the steering wheel will start to flop around. I'm in line with you on wanting a truck that's dependable and pulls great.
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