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Old 10-10-2013, 08:35 PM
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2003 F 350 6.0,181000 miles,stock. Start's hard when cold and run's rough after it does start and smokes a lot for about 20 second's. I took it to Ford and they said no codes were coming up, I thought maybe a injector, they said no, that's as far as I got with them. Once the truck get's up to temp it run's fine, but when it's cold it has no power and blow's a lot of blue smoke when i get on the pedal, no power.and a lot of bucking after i get it up to 55 and it ****'s into overdrive. I did a volt check on the FICM and got a reading of 47 with the key turned on, then cold start and still a reading of 47, ANY IDEALS
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Symptoms do sound like a bad FICM, I've heard of them being bad showing OK voltage. 03 are know to have wire chafing problems start at the 3 FICM connectors and check wear spots to see if something has worn through. Do you have anything to monitor engine with like scangauge or????
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Symptoms do sound like a bad FICM, I've heard of them being bad showing OK voltage. 03 are know to have wire chafing problems start at the 3 FICM connectors and check wear spots to see if something has worn through. Do you have anything to monitor engine with like scangauge or????
I completely agree
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:33 AM
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Time to ship off that ficm. Have your batteries been replaced recently or been dead? Drop in voltage/rise in amps=bad ficm.

I'd personally recommend Ed at Ficmrepair.com We use him for our own personal vehicles.
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What about Stiction?
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What about Stiction?
At 180,000?
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Old 10-11-2013, 06:19 PM
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I used Hotshot in my last oil change, with no results.The batteries were replaced less than a year ago. I don't have a engine monitor. I drove the truck today and it is getting worse,I have plenty of cranking power but the truck seem's to barely want to start, warm or cold. It also smells like it is running very rich when at idle.
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At 180,000?
At 180,000 miles, absolutely. Injectors can build up with coke at any age of the injector.

OP, having a monitor for 6.0's is a must, depending on what type of monitor you prefer can be a bit pricey, but knowing whats going on under the hood will help you diagnose problems before they get expensive, and help you diagnose whats happening in this case also.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:26 PM
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Update, Haven't changed FICM yet and the truck batteries have been dead the last two morning's. After charging it takes up to five tries to start it, it will start and stall. I have put some Power Service in the fuel and that has seemed to help it run a little better, not smoking nearly as much on start up and running better after warm up with a liitte more power but I still feel it missing when I get on the pedal.Once the truck is started {after charging batteries} it start's the rest of the day, not quick but starts. Could the FICM be draining my batteries overnight, the batteries are not even a year old? Also still have the strong smelling exhaust.
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