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Old 08-25-2009, 09:28 AM
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Intermittent P2285

I've been looking around for someone who might have had this problem in the past to no avail. As the title says, I have thrown this code. I threw it first about 8 months ago, about a month after I got my truck (and flipped out). The first thing I did was take it to Advanced auto Parts and had them reset it. I always do this once, just to see if it's a fluke. The light went away, and didn't come back for a couple of days. When it did. I knew I had a problem. Seeing as how I do hazardous materials cleanup for a living, I had to use the truck the next morning to drive about 950 miles to a job. As I suspected, when I fired the truck up, the light was on and I left town. I got about 450 Miles down the road and stopped for fuel. When I fired the truck back up, the light was off. I was a little dumbfounded. I went to the jobsite, Worked for about 48 straight hours (starting and killing the truck, as I was using it) and the light never came back on. I went to the hotel. Caught up on some sleep, came out the next morning started the truck and the CEL greeted me once again. I've been going through this for about the past 8 months now. On, off, on, off......

SO.... riddle me this batman...

1. I assume this is a problem when the truck is cold, due to the fact that everytime I drive it for a while it goes away, does anyone concur?

2. What risks am i taking by continuing to drive this truck in its current state?

3. How hard is it to fix and can it be done from under the truck? (it's behind the turbo).

4. Is there anyone who has any ideas as to what else could be causing this? I'm not 100% convinced it's the sensor, seeing as how the light isn't always on.

5. Ford doesn't sell that sensor with vasoline, so does anyone know where I can get one cheaper? And the Pigtail?

6. Does anything have anything else to add?

Thanks in advance, You guys have been a hell of alot of help since I joined this forum.

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Old 08-25-2009, 11:18 AM
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Bumpity Bump Bump....
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(poke poke poke) is this thing on?
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In answer to your question, NO and NO. The permanent fix for this IS to replace the ICP sensor and pigtail connector. Yes, I realize it's not a pretty job, but it is the ONLY fix for this issue, before you start getting all kinds of funky driveability symptoms, evevntually leading to your truck leaving you stranded.
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If its the ICP sensor, an you have an 03, it was a very common problem from what I know. From Ford:

ICP/EBP Sensor Repair Kit:
Both PowerStroke engines may exhibit codes related to the ICP(7.3: P1280; 6.0: P2285) and/or EBP sensors (P0472). If these codes are present, clear them. Start the engine and wiggle the sensor connector that matches the stored code. If the code returns, replace the sensr connector--P/N 3C3Z-12224-BA for 94-96; 3C3Z-12224-AA for 97-2004. Broadcast Message 1078/SSM #17573.


Is the sensor leaking oil?? Easy way to tell is remove the connector and see if oil is in the connector, if so, then sensor is toast. It's a real PITA to replace, but not impossible. Some come from up top by pulling FICM, and air intake tubing, some come from underneath if they have a lift.
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If its the ICP sensor, an you have an 03, it was a very common problem from what I know. From Ford:

ICP/EBP Sensor Repair Kit:
Both PowerStroke engines may exhibit codes related to the ICP(7.3: P1280; 6.0: P2285) and/or EBP sensors (P0472). If these codes are present, clear them. Start the engine and wiggle the sensor connector that matches the stored code. If the code returns, replace the sensr connector--P/N 3C3Z-12224-BA for 94-96; 3C3Z-12224-AA for 97-2004. Broadcast Message 1078/SSM #17573.


Is the sensor leaking oil?? Easy way to tell is remove the connector and see if oil is in the connector, if so, then sensor is toast. It's a real PITA to replace, but not impossible. Some come from up top by pulling FICM, and air intake tubing, some come from underneath if they have a lift.
Do you have to have a lift in order to do it from underneath? Can you do it from the top w/o pulling the turbo?
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Yes most come from the top, but you gotta be a monkey.... I don't you could do it from underneath without a lift. Maybe, but you would need some long arms. You may be able to remove the driver side inner fender and get access that way, but there is a lot of wiring attached to that inner fender.
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Yes most come from the top, but you gotta be a monkey.... I don't you could do it from underneath without a lift. Maybe, but you would need some long arms. You may be able to remove the driver side inner fender and get access that way, but there is a lot of wiring attached to that inner fender.
TKS. I'm buying one tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get it fixed this weeked. Should I replace the wiring harness with it as well?
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TKS. I'm buying one tomorrow. Hopefully I'll get it fixed this weeked. Should I replace the wiring harness with it as well?
I've seen where the original connector can be cleaned with brake cleaner, then blown out with compressed air (be carful not to loose the rubber gasket). Usually this works fine, but if you still have problems, then the connector should be replaced.
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