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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?