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#1109 of 1184 1997 FORD F-350 7.3 L NEED HELP!!
Apr 29, 2011 (12:33 pm)
Bought '97 Ford F-350 7.3 L Powerstroke diesel in September. Bought from original owner - with all his paperwork and all repair bills. Thought I was getting a good truck. Had to replace the transmission not long after ($2800.00); since then nothing but a nightmare. Truck was cutting out on me while driving all the time and leaving me stranded. Have replaced the camshaft position sensor at least five times. Latest mechanic thought it might be the wiring harness, which Ford doesn't make anymore for this age vehicle, but then said no, it was the reluctor wheel which reads the camshaft sensor. Replaced that. After a month in the shop and lots of money, I had my truck back for one day and it would not start. Batteries were only pulling 8 1/2 volts. So, bought two new batteries for $250.00. Hooked them up and truck started right up - idled great for about five minutes, then cut out. Started right back up, ran for less than two minutes. By this time, the glow plug relay was so hot I couldn't touch it. Ran to the auto parts store and got a new one of those and installed it. Truck will start but not continue to run for more than a few seconds, but glow plug relay no longer gets hot. Now it's throwing several codes - camshaft position sensor (AGAIN), injection control module, and others, but mechanic can't tell me everything because the truck won't idle long enough for the diagnostic test to finish. I am about to lose it. Does anyone, anywhere, have any idea as to what could be the problem? My dad has a truck identical to mine and that's why I bought it - he has had no problems since the recall on the CPS and his was replaced. Mine is a piece of junk. Is there something else that could be throwing all these codes? Electrical?? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP! Thanks.
#1110 of 1184 Re: 1997 FORD F-350 7.3 L NEED HELP!! [younceb5]
Apr 29, 2011 (1:05 pm)
You still have a good truck. Had the same problem. Check/clean the electrical connectors under the valve covers and if that doesn't fix it check the computer module that controls the injectors.
#1111 of 1184 Re: 1997 FORD F-350 7.3 L NEED HELP!! [younceb5]
Apr 29, 2011 (4:46 pm)
i had problem with my 97 truck shuting off and it turned out to be the ipr.it would start back up after it cooled for a bit.you can check the pressure by putting a gage in one of the ports in the head under the valve cover.you will also loose pressure if you have any bad o rings on your injectors.
#1112 of 1184 Re: 1997 FORD F-350 7.3 L NEED HELP!! [younceb5]
May 03, 2011 (4:01 pm)
I have worked on many of these with similar problems.
1 Injector Driver Module (IDM) located on LF inner fender behind wheel between firewall and inner fender. Very dumb place.
2 Poor fuel and/or contaminated fuel tanks. This will cause pre-mature failure of the filter.
3 Loose electrical connections under the vale cover. The Valve cover gasket actually has a connections mlded into it. I have discovered these to be loose causing a miss.
4 Make sure you use a Ford or IH cam sensor. Delay wipers can give false signals to the"Parts Store" sensors.
5 Rodents can nest and clog the air intake before the filter. I have seen this on trucks that "sit" a lot.
6 Make sure the oil is fresh. Use a 15W-40 and a new filter. These motors use a high pressure oil pump to open the injectors. They need clean oil.
7 Make sure the ignition switch has not corroded. It is located on the steering column inside.
Good Luck. You still do have a good truck.
#1113 of 1184 Re: 1997 FORD F-350 7.3 L NEED HELP!! [daveh13]
May 05, 2011 (8:06 am)
Thanks all for your help. It was towed back to the mechanic on Monday and I have advised him of your suggestions for him to check. Thanks again.
May 06, 2011 (12:09 pm)
I have a 2005 F350 powerstroke, I have got a massive amount of oil in water system. The motor runs perfect,but now is starting to get hot because oil has cloged uo radiator,It is a very thick cream like . It had fresh oil and filter done about 500 miles ago.Please does anybody know where this oil is comming from?
#1115 of 1184 2003 powerstroke start problems
May 17, 2011 (7:14 am)
I bought my 2003 Ford with the 7.3 in it about 2 months ago i didn;t have any problems untill i hooked my 33 foot bumper pull to my truck and went onn vacation everything was fine untill i got home and the next day it would not start to go to work.. later i finally drained the fuel res and removed the fuel filter to see if i had a blockage didn't find anything so i re installed the fuel filter and let the pump run long enought to fill the res back up and it started just fine. the next day it did it again so i went and bought a fram gas filter and put in it did the same thing 2 spins later fired right up. still doing it on first start all i have to do is pop the hood drain the fuel res. and pull the filter then clean it out with carb cleaner wipe it downn put it back to gether and let the pump fill it up and im good to go.... what is going on i do not get any codes or anything everything checks out fine......
new findings today turned pump on about 5 times then started without haveing to take fuel filter out??
#1116 of 1184 6.0 03 F350 truck leaped forward on its own
May 17, 2011 (7:49 pm)
As I was at a stop light today, my F350 leaped forward on its own, wow what a scare. I saw the check engine light come on, so I took it directly to a parts store to hook up to the code read out machine, it read code 2285 fuel injector sensor problem. Before I take it to the expensive shop tomorrow. what might I expect .? This truck has been in the shop about 40 times since I have purchased it....I don't think there is a part on this animal that has not been replaced ..90,000 on this King Ranch
#1117 of 1184 2000 F250 diesel electrical issues
May 21, 2011 (12:43 pm)
Hubby is having issues with truck esepecially after rainstorms like Thursday and Friday. The truck will not turn off. He said he turned the key to the off position on the ignition switch and the truck stayed running. He had to turn the key to the accessory position and the engine turned off. When this happens the a/c and other things are still pulling power instead of shutting off therefore running down the battery. Ignition switch has been changed and a ground wire to fuse box has also been looked at. Any ideas?
May 28, 2011 (8:44 pm)
1997 f350 7.3 5spd man has 159 k miles. 4dr 4x4... bought it a few weeks ago and now its giving me problems... i dont know much about dsl engines, a few days ago i was going down the road and it just died...tried starting it , finally got it started... drove it a few more miles no prob....the next couple days it would just die going down the road....i replaced the camshaft senor still does it... so i checked out the (ICP) had oil in the plug... got a replacemnt (directly from ford) now it seems to run but is smoking alot more(white smoke) and the has lost power dramatically. also misses pretty bad between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm... i tried a memo scanner wont pull any codes like everything is ok ????? if i let it idle it sounds good cept ery now n then it will act like it wants to shut of but wont. anybody got any ideas ?