Date registered: Mar 2014
Vehicle: 1995 E300 Diesel
Location: North Ga/Phoenix AZ
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Re: oil- I've used rotella in every diesel I've ever owned, with pretty good results. Filters have been either K&N or factory. I had the interval on this motor at 4K, but can drop it no problem. It saw mostly highway miles, between PHX and LAX, or commuting between atlanta and north georgia, so they rack up fast.
I'll grab a can of Restore, and throw it in there. My current plan is to pull the IP out today, and wait on my replacement. I'll throw the new one in, fine-tune the timing, and just run the bastard for 1-2 months with the SDA, aggressive fluid changes, and then re-assess with compression and check valve cleanliness.
I know from past diesels that compression improves when warm, I had a powerstroke at one point that would start on about 6 cylinders, then limp along for 15 minutes, then run great all day as long as it was warm. Ran it like that for 10K miles until I replaced the whole engine. Not the greatest solution, I know, but it worked at the time.
It has been suggested to me to perform a "wet test" on compression to check and see if the leakage is ring or valve related. In the powerstroke world, that is a serious no-no, and a good way to bend a rod.
Any opinions on those? A local shop can rebuild this head for about $650ish, but don't want to pull it unless necessary, and unsure as to how to determine valve condition, as I don't own a leak-down tester.
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