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Old May 31st, 2007, 06:23 PM   #1
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I am looking at an 01 F-350 with the 7.3L The truck has 214,000 on it. My question is: is there anything that commonly goes wrong that I should look for? Also how reliable will the 7.3 be with 214,000 be? Any input would be great thanks.
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The only concern would be the trans. If it has any power mods they like to eat up stock trans
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I am looking at an 01 F-350 with the 7.3L The truck has 214,000 on it. My question is: is there anything that commonly goes wrong that I should look for? Also how reliable will the 7.3 be with 214,000 be? Any input would be great thanks.
Tranny is known to have problems. Engine wise I have 145,000 on my 02 7.3L and engine wise I have not had any problems.

Well ok the Cam Position Sensor goes out with out warning. If you buy it get an extra one and keep in the glove box with a 1/4 inch drive ratchet, 6 inch extension and 10 mm socket. As that is all that is needed to swap out the Cam Position Sensor ( CPS ). I only replaced my once during this 145,000 miles I have on it.
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tranny , ball joints, and CPS are the weakest points on a superduty that i know of. 214,000 miles sounds like a lot but i know a ton of buddies who have well over 250,000 on theres. although mine only has 110,000.
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seen alot of leaf springs go bad............but that all depends on the level of abuse that has been given/and have replaced quite a few hubs on the frt
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seen alot of leaf springs go bad............but that all depends on the level of abuse that has been given/and have replaced quite a few hubs on the frt
I have yet seen or heard of anyone having to replace there leaf springs.

Hubs the problem with those is the vaccuum system leaks, but these trucks have the option to lock in the hubs for 4 wheeldrive.

Ball Joints I replaced mine at 140,000 that is when they finally said they were done.
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so the moral to the story is if you buy a ford you better own tools and carry them with you hahaha
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The trans is a 6 speed manual, with a new clutch so I don't think the trans will be an issue.
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so the moral to the story is if you buy a ford you better own tools and carry them with you hahaha

No just the tools I mentioned, because when the cps goes out. Your truck may not run or it may be running and stall and not start up, or it may run like crap until you replace that sensor. It takes less then 10 minutes to replace the sensor.
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The trans is a 6 speed manual, with a new clutch so I don't think the trans will be an issue.
You are correct on that. With an auto it usually is the Torq Converter that makes the tranny fail.
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I have yet seen or heard of anyone having to replace there leaf springs.

Hubs the problem with those is the vaccuum system leaks, but these trucks have the option to lock in the hubs for 4 wheeldrive.
yeah well replaced a few pairs at the shop i work for some like i said it depends on the abuse.....i guess people abuse them more in my area then yours
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yeah well replaced a few pairs at the shop i work for some like i said it depends on the abuse.....i guess people abuse them more in my area then yours
Abuse, I think hauling double the max load wieght often, can be consider abuse. When i say often I mean at least once a week.
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The trans is a 6 speed manual, with a new clutch so I don't think the trans will be an issue.
I'm not sure, but your truck may have a dual-mass flywheel on it; those things get pretty rattled-out over the miles and can let go taking out your tranny housing.
Any way to check what clutch was installed and see if the flywheel was changed out to a single mass unit? I just did this kind of replacement about 20K ago with my truck (96 7.3L 5-speed).

x2 on the CPS - have carried one in my glovebox since 90K - have not needed it yet @ 145K, but I've read many that have.

Also, FWIW, Bones had a PSD with around 350K on it.
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so the moral to the story is if you buy a ford you better own tools and carry them with you hahaha
No, I guess the moral to the story is to keep your punkass mouth shut and let the grownups talk.
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Replaced the CPS on my 02 Ex my 02' F250 needed it as well and I bought one off ebay for $50 but I am cheap and decided to keep it when I sold it :)

Do a search on www.thedieselstop.com that site is fantastic
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yeah well replaced a few pairs at the shop i work for some like i said it depends on the abuse.....i guess people abuse them more in my area then yours
No, you are mistaken...you changed them on umm....something else.

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Abuse, I think hauling double the max load wieght often, can be consider abuse. When i say often I mean at least once a week.
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I dont know for sure about the newer ones but they had a problem with glow plugs in the 90s
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i've never heard of any common recurring problems with the 7.3's during my many many hours on fordtruckworld... you should be good if it looks like it was taken care of.


7.3 with a stick... DROOL! :)
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the most common failure is the cam position sensor.

You can now get them from the dealership for 30 bucks brand new. Ford has a new part number for them.
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the most common failure is the cam position sensor.

You can now get them from the dealership for 30 bucks brand new. Ford has a new part number for them.
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NFW!

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That is awesome. I got a "good deal" on mine a few years back for $70.
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