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Hi all. I am new here. Currently I have a 96 f250 powerstroke. Great rig. It is my dad's old truck. He has a silverado 1500 now. I know. Booo. Anyhow he gave me Bigfoot. The white 96 powerstroke saw quad cab 4x2. Locking rear diff,billet tc. And that's about it. Anyhow.. hi. I live in tiny hillsborough nc. With my dog pancake. He's a staffy terrier pit and other stuff. He's a rescue. We don't really know much from his past. But he's a goofball. So lazy. Hahaha
 

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99 & 00, F350s, manual and auto, Ext & Crew Cab, 4x2 & 4x4, need more room!
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Welcome to PSN!

Sorry to hear about your dad. ;)

The one thing you can do for your Powerstroke: Get FORScan scanning software for Fords (free) and an OBDII reader. Greatest troubleshooting tool ever! Download FORScan

It will tell you everything about your truck, and let you maintain it well and keep it from becoming a problem.

I never worked on a civilian diesel before, and it has been a huge help!
 

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Welcome from Utah! I'll second what jax said about FORScan... dead helpful in diagnosing problems. My own blurb about FORScan: "I would recommend that you first invest in FORScan (forscan.org) and a suitable adapter. I have an OBDLink EX usb adapter (should you wish to use a computer to collect data), or take a look at either a BAFX or OBDLink unit. Both BAFX/OBDLink have a bluetooth/Wifi units (there are a few folks around here that recommend them) that will would work with a smart phone (Run of the mill box store scanners and even a great number of the higher end scanners can't touch these trucks as Ford used the "heavy duty diesel" protocol for communication). Once you are setup I would capture data.. At minimum I would save RPM (really this is CPS), ICP, IPR, MAP, EOT and IVS (at least I think that is the PID for the go petal). FORScan will allow you to save the data as a .csv file which you can import into excel. The information you get from the truck will help identify what your problem really is without just "throwing parts" at the truck."

Cj
 

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Welcome to PSN!

Sorry to hear about your dad. ;)

The one thing you can do for your Powerstroke: Get FORScan scanning software for Fords (free) and an OBDII reader. Greatest troubleshooting tool ever! Download FORScan

It will tell you everything about your truck, and let you maintain it well and keep it from becoming a problem.

I never worked on a civilian diesel before, and it has been a huge help!
Dad is fine health wise. But he had a small business yrs ago.. so he got the 1500 as a tax write off deal. Hahaha.. we still use bigfoot,as a towing rig for the tractor .. its heavy beast. Won't get pushed around.
 
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