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So I got this truck thatís been sitting for 3 years and today was itís first day at work. Iím hauling a 7x16 enclosed trailer with 2 big zero turn mowers in it. I was using a 98 Chevy k1500 with the 5.7 that did fine. I donít understand all the hype about how ď7.3 will pull a house downĒ that Iíve seen in the past but from a dead stop it takes 30 seconds to get to 60mph and on the free way it wonít hold 65 going up a hill. I have 4:10s my half ton hauled the same set up and would do so much better. Is there something wrong with my truck?


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What transmission do you have?
What RPM are you turning at 65?

Mine is an E4OD with 4.10's, and does not like 65.

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What transmission do you have?
What RPM are you turning at 65?

Mine is an E4OD with 4.10's, and does not like 65.

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Itís automatic and at 65 itís about 2500-2700 rpm I canít remember exactly


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How many miles on the truck / engine?


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Might be in need of a set of injectors .

But first , have you serviced it ? Oil and filter change . These engines use high pressure oil to fire the injectors and if the engine oil is used up then they run - not as well as then could . New fuel filter ? Checked the air filter ? If that truck set any length of time then thereís a possibility that the air filter box is full of mice nest stuff .
Have you cleaned the fuel strainer in the fuel bowl ? That strainer is bad for getting full of trash and cause a no power issue like the truck is doing you now ....
these trucks arenít rockets but they should walk all over a 5.7 , and no not because itís a Chevy .


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Might be in need of a set of injectors .

But first , have you serviced it ? Oil and filter change . These engines use high pressure oil to fire the injectors and if the engine oil is used up then they run - not as well as then could . New fuel filter ? Checked the air filter ? If that truck set any length of time then thereís a possibility that the air filter box is full of mice nest stuff .
Have you cleaned the fuel strainer in the fuel bowl ? That strainer is bad for getting full of trash and cause a no power issue like the truck is doing you now ....
these trucks arenít rockets but they should walk all over a 5.7 , and no not because itís a Chevy .


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All That stuff was changed while I was working on it trying to get it to start I donít remember looking for trash in the fuel bowl I can look tomorrow tho. But as of right now the 5.7 would destroy the 7.3 but Iíd like for it to be the other way around


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All That stuff was changed while I was working on it trying to get it to start I donít remember looking for trash in the fuel bowl I can look tomorrow tho. But as of right now the 5.7 would destroy the 7.3 but Iíd like for it to be the other way around


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The strainer in the fuel bowl is part of the fuel pressure regulator on the fuel bowl. It will require some disassembly to get to it and a few cans of brake clean and compressed air to clean it . Youíll also need some new Orings too while youíre in there .
One other thing you can check is to make sure the exhaust back pressure valve is open all the way / is functional as well . If youíre in a warm climate unplug it , itís a oil leak waiting to happen and a restriction on the exhaust .


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The strainer in the fuel bowl is part of the fuel pressure regulator on the fuel bowl. It will require some disassembly to get to it and a few cans of brake clean and compressed air to clean it . Youíll also need some new Orings too while youíre in there .
One other thing you can check is to make sure the exhaust back pressure valve is open all the way / is functional as well . If youíre in a warm climate unplug it , itís a oil leak waiting to happen and a restriction on the exhaust .


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I live in middle TN our weather is whatever it chooses to be but Iíd say itís more warm than cold


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