Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Mason City, IA
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Well, we got disel mechanics to take a look at this thanks to the guys at Lafrenz Ford dealership of Mason City, IA.
here... is what they found.
The service technician tried to start this truck, but could not get it started. When attempting to start the vehicle the engine locked up and would not turn past a certain point. The technician rotated the engine backwards and tried again; and again the engine locked up. The technician believes it is a mechanical issue that is blocking the engine from rotating. He said if it were a fuel leak into the engine from an injector the fuel would eventually leak past the piston rings and the engine would rotate past the locking point. That is not happening in this case.
A visual inspection of the engine by the technician revealed items missing, damaged, reassembled incorrectly, and wires, cables and tubing routed incorrectly.
The total cost of these items including a labor estimate to install is $2133.44. This does not include the labor and parts costs of repairing the mechanical problem that is preventing the engine from turning over and starting. Without a running engine making it a drivable vehicle, it is not possible to determine what transmission problems may exist if any.
The dealership said that it appears someone "worked on this engine then just threw it back together and closed the hood".
There are parts wiring and connections that are not routed properly. It appears there was a wiring fire or the wiring got very hot. The wiring harness is designed to route under the windshield cowling and this cowling is warped and melted indicating intense heat. The wiring harness is not in its correct position under the cowling; rather it is hanging behind the engine. The wiring harness is burnt, melted, and has black electricians tape applied in several places. The lower heater hose is broken in four places, if the engine were able to run radiator coolant would be running out onto the ground. The engine coolant reservoir is empty. There are numerous bolts missing from the valve cover.
Based upon the initial visual inspection the list of parts needed to make this engine run correctly is:
Wiring harness - 526.82
Injector wiring harness - 150.00 est.
Glow plug harness - 120.00
M.A.P. sensor bracket and hose - 100.00
CAC tube clamps - 25.00
Air cleaner housing - 416.62
Heater hose - 78.00
Glow plug controller bracket - 20.00
FICM bracket - 74.00
Valve cover bolts (16 needed) - 32.00
Fan shroud - 114.00
Fan stator - 252.00
Labor to install parts - 225.00
Total = $2133.44
So all that, before it even runs wow, thank god for ebay buyer protection.
I'll post the dealer later for anyone who's wondering.