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Old 01-25-2013, 06:06 PM
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Angry 04 6.0L Powerstroke/ Idles fine but can't drive!

Ok, I'm posting this for my husband who's NOT mechanically inclined. He has a 2004 F350 SuperDuty with 6.0L powerstroke. It is a work truck and also used for plowing snow. It's been a problem starter for quite a few years. He says its cold natured. Can be plugged up at 60 degrees, and still has problems starting. They have been using ether to start it (50% of the time) for a couple of years now. Its always been a very rough sounding diesel w/alot of vibration if that makes sense. Due to cutbacks this truck has sat for a year w/minimum driving -maybe 20 miles. Right before that, he had the cam sensor replaced.
Well now...he drove it the other day ran fine, put $50 fuel in it came home - it was fine. They spent 2 days hooking up the salt spreader in the back & getting that fixed....now the truck won't run UGGHH!! It starts (w/ether) and THICK black smoke rolls out of the exhaust. So he let it idle in the driveway for about 30min this evening (we were going to drive it to run errands). Idles fine sitting still. We proceed to leave and it's fine coasting down the driveway UNTIL you accelerate!! It just chugs back and forth (goes,stops,goes,stops) feels like your running out of fuel. We made it 1/4 mile and turned around it brought it home. He just bought the addiditive 911 and is going to try that tomorrow. ANY suggestions/guesses on what this could be?
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Without more information it could be a multitude of issues. There are certain functions of the engine and engine electronics that will ruin your day in a hurry if you don't stay on top of them. What is the Battery condition? What is the FICM voltage? What is the HPO pressure at crank? What is it when the truck is running?
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Re: 04 6.0L Powerstroke/ Idles fine but can't drive!

I agree that this will be a guessing game without more/better info.

It would have been nice for the difficult to start to have been addressed when it first became a problem. We know you have that to deal with plus who knows what else now.

Is there anyone local to you that you would trust to diagnose it for you. That may be your best bet since you say that your husband is not mechanically inclined.

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Re: 04 6.0L Powerstroke/ Idles fine but can't drive!

This would be cheaper than a mechanic.....Write Up: Monitoring the 6.0L PSD.
It could be a multitude of problems. Ether is for tractors, that is not going to make this easier to resolve. I would start with load testing batteries and performing the ficm check procedure.

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If I was gettin the truck after it sat for a year Id change out the fuel filters first. If possible throw some fresh fuel in their as well. Id also go with T5 or T6 syn. oil with a healthy dose of archoil. It probably wouldnt hurt to do a gentle antifreeze fluid change. Not to mention the blue spring. By that time I figure Im in deep enough $ that Id get a monitor and some fresh batt's. If the monitor sais she's lookin good Id go for a drive and knock the cob webs out of it.
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And $5 sais you've been running 15-40 in that poor truck....she'll love you with some t5 in their...
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Don't use starting fluid, no matter what. Glow plugs and starter fluid is the surest way to ruin the engine!

Do the fluids and filters. Use OEM only and 5w40 synthetic!

The monitor is a start, but in this case pay the money and get it on a diagnostic machine. Get the fuel pressure checked. If it has started like crap for a few years, you can expect to have to change out an injector or few. Who knows, it could just be the FICM or even as simple as plugged filters.
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Re: 04 6.0L Powerstroke/ Idles fine but can't drive!

Monitor, monitor, monitor! I can't stress it enough!

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