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Black oil, low power, 6.5liter 1995 GMC problem

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This is my first post. What a great site!
I very recently bought my first diesel, a 1995 GMC 3500HD 6.5liter turbo flat bed. I know little about diesels, so I have a few questions.
I changed the oil after having it about a week. The old oil was as black,
as coal, and stained my hands like it had carbon in it.
I checked the oil after probably 1000 miles and it was three quarts low, with no leak being noticed.
Other conditions are:
The power output is low.
The vacuum pump locked up after I had driven it about a week.
The check engine light comes on often for about five seconds.
The fuel mileage is terrible.
Starts fine.
Mileage is 170k miles.
Oil pressure is 40 psi warm running, 20 psi warm idle.
Did I buy a dog?
Thanks for any help you experienced fellows may have.
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It's not a matter of conventions, cnctech ... although some people are pretty snooty about that ...

Truth is, the guys who made the faq's dragged a LOT of info together in one spot, and reading it will give you a much better idea of how your truck's systems affect each other.

You can get help on anything here, but without knowing how things affect each other, you could be asking questions forever.

Filling out the signature IS important, though - without YOUR information, people will just be floating generic advice at you, and it won't be very helpful at all. In fact, a lot of it will be just plain wrong, depending on your truck.

Feel free to ask for help and directions, though!

Some of these guys are geniuses ... and the rest of us know where they're hiding.
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