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Old 07-21-2013, 09:42 AM Rookie

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newbie please help!!

So, I am first time poster to this website. I have found several helpful threads recently while working on my truck.

Let's start by telling you what I have. It is an early 2003 F-250 6.0 Powerstroke. It has 180,000 miles now, I purchased it with 170,000. When we bought it, it had the EGR delete, ARP head studs, 4" exhaust CAT/muffler delete, gauges, and a programmer with NO programmer - and it was runnin hot to say the least.

The dealer, not a Ford dealer, replaced HPOP, FICM, STC fittings, blue spring fuel pressure regulator, fuel injector O rings, oil cooler, and oil filter housing. Then I replaced the radiator with a solid aluminum radiator, CAT ELC coolant and ICP sensor. I went to HyperTech and had it returned to the stock program and had a HyperPac installed (power level #2).

Since we had the programmer installed, I have been seeing it throw a code for cylinder #4 contribution balance. Also, it has been idling a little rough but not too bad. So, I tried changing the oil to MotorCraft 15W40 and 8oz of RevX. No dice. We treat with Stanadyne with every fillup and it never gets below a 1/2 tank of fuel. I replaced fuel injector #4 last night. Still getting the same code on the programmer.

Any ideas, suggestions? Could it be the glow plug? Any advice is welcome and greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:03 PM
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Have you run it long enough to get the air out? Does it still do it when warm or at higher RPM?

How hot is hot and what was the turbo doing? Maybe it is programmed or it has larger injectors?

If you are still getting a contribution balance issue you have to ask yourself if you did the installation correctly and was the injector good going in. If you have faith in the work preformed, then you need to do a compression test and check the wiring and plugs. You may need a service contribution/balance test.
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No i Probably havent run it long enough to get the air out. How long might that take?
it does still studder a bit when idling around 650 rpm but its better than before and the whole motor seems to be a bit smoother and quieter less needed rpm to accelerate.
Sorry, when i said hot i didnt mean temp hot i meant high hp program thats why i had it reprogrammed mostly for mileage, use of the gauges and i knew it needed to be turned way down. as for the turbo i rarely see it above 15-20 lbs.
Im pretty confident in my work, its definitely possible i did mess up something. the injector was a reman oem from ford. what is a service contribution/balance test
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