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Old 11-19-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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New F250 Diesel

Hi All - I just bought a new F250 diesel pu. This is my first experience with a diesel engine so I am hoping some of you experienced Ford diesel owners will chime in with some tips and advice for this newbie. I have always maintained our cars as far as oil and filter changes, air filters, batteries, etc. but never maintained diesels. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Follow the schedule in the owners manual. Remember to change the fuel filters when you are supposed to. There are two of them....one in the engine compartment and one on the frame rail. You may want to occasionally put some fuel additive in to lube and clean the injectors. I like the Diesel Kleen product. Being in Georgia, you will most lkely not have to worry about fuel gelling. Enjoy, you will love the performance of a diesel.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:41 PM   #3
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Not sure if the 6.7 has the same cetane requirements my old 6.4 f250 psd had but I was told to run cetane boost with every tank of fuel. I used power service diesel kleen (grey bottle) during spring, summer and fall. During the winter I used power service diesel fuel supplement plus cetane boost (white bottle) to prevent the fuel from gelling. Double check your manual for this schedule, but You will want to drain your fuel water separator monthly. Change your fuel filter every 10,000 miles and oil changes every 5000 miles. When your truck goes into regeneration (exhaust clean) you will want to keep driving until the regeneration cycle is complete. Lots of great info found here.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:50 AM   #4
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Just drive it and enjoy it !!! After all, it's just a truck

Pics or it didn't happen !!!
FTE is a great ford specific resource too...

Setup an account on Fords owner site using your vin and you can download all the manuals and track any updates / service
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:57 AM   #5
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:27 AM   #6
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Good timing on this post. I just recently aquired a new F350 6.7 PSD. This being my first diesel, I read the manual cover to cover and when my vehicle told me it was cleaning the exhaust filter ( regeneration process) I was still confused. hit the books and web to find out why I was getting such bad gas mileage. Now I know it is part of the regen process. still confusing the first time it happens.

Best quote I saw so far from Johnboytoo "Just drive it and enjoy it !!! After all, it's just a truck "

So far I love it! I hope you have the same experiance as me!
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Hi All - I just bought a new F250 diesel pu. This is my first experience with a diesel engine so I am hoping some of you experienced Ford diesel owners will chime in with some tips and advice for this newbie. I have always maintained our cars as far as oil and filter changes, air filters, batteries, etc. but never maintained diesels. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 11-20-2014, 09:57 AM   #8
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I have a 2013 F350 6.7l diesel and I love it..
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:29 PM   #9
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This is what I've done so far.

Air Filter: Once a year or when the filterminder says to change it.
Oil Filters: Every 3 months or when the truck says it needs to be changed.
Fuel Filters: Every other oil change.
Fuel/Water Drain: Checked 4 times since I got it and never had any water in the system.
Fuel Additive: I run it in a tank once a month, can't say I've ever noticed a difference.

Everything else I just do what the manual states and let the dealer do the work.

These trucks are made to be severely abused commercial trucks , I doubt any of us come close to even scratching the surface of its limits. I asked my dealer if I should use the severe duty schedule as I was towing and they just laughed. Service guy said sure if it makes you feel better but no way does it need it.

Do what makes you happy :-)

Edit: As for regen, the only notice I ever get is a quick flash notice on the dash screen. There is no way to tell other than that as far as I know. No reduction in power, engine noise level, exhaust note etc. There is no indication of run time or if I should or need to keep the truck on. Twice its started just as I was pulling into my street on my way home.
When I questioned this at the dealer the tech said not to worry the truck will take care of everything when it needs to.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:16 PM   #10
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The Powerstroke forum is an excellent resource!

http://www.powerstroke.org
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