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Nightmare trip...truck engine stalling every 32 seconds like clockwork for 150 miles
Hi Powerstrokers - I have a 2003 Excursion with early build 6.0. 135,000 on the ticker, no mods.
Never any trouble until last year I had the FICM rebuilt due to low voltage output with hard starting issue and replaced the ICP sensor due to an erratic idle.
Going to the beach this past weekend and after dropping the boat in the water, the engine dies trying to park at the ramp. It restarts; I say OK we'll see what happens when we get back.
It was stalling out every 32 seconds (I am not kidding, we timed it with a digital watch) It was to the point you could count up to 31 and point your finger and sure enough it would die.
It did not matter the speed, load, anything. We stopped at a store and I tested it in the parking lot, at idle....32 seconds on the money!
It is throwing a P2285 code, ICP sensor reads low.
If you goosed the pedal it would jerk the rpm up to 1500-2000 or so and belch black smoke out the tailpipe. I had some very, very pissed off folks behind me. I figure out if when it dies I put it in neutral, the engine would completely dies and I could restart it for the next 32 seconds at least.
I got home by putting in neutral, restarting and then back in drive going about 40-45 the entire way.
What is strange is we had a 1/2 tank fuel and the miles to empty overhead gauge stopped counting down, it was frozen showing 202 remaining for several hours.. So we are limping home and about 30 miles from the house the stalling issue decreased cycle time to 50 seconds or so, and then went away completely! The miles to empty gauge went from 202 to 100 instantly.
It has since stopped only three times from when I dropped off my crew at their houses and then me going home. This morning coming to work, the truck ran great.
Is the 32 seconds and miles to empty gauge frozen clues to something in particular? Bad fuel, clogged fuel flow sensor or line? Fuel filters were changed last month.
Had to leave the boat in storage at the beach, did not want to risk anything with the stalling and trying to tow something back at the same time. Engine dies so does power brakes and steering, had a couple of questionable stops twice along the way.
Bright side is we caught fish and I have a definite excuse to get back to the beach soon as the truck is fixed!
Any insight to this issue is appreciated!
Last edited by Scott_K; 06-04-2012 at 11:36 AM.