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Old 02-10-2014, 09:53 AM
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HELP with No start issue; BPD 58v FICM bad?

I need some of the collective wisdom of this forum. PROBLEM: I shut my truck off at 8:00 pm Saturday night. It was running fine. Sunday morning I went to start it and it cranked fine, but would not start. My CTS Insight showed 0.0 FICM voltage. So, I removed the top plate on the FICM and tested it with a voltage meter per Ron's videos on YouTube (with key off, and then while cranking). Results = 0.0 volts. I checked the FICM fuse and installed a new FICM relay. Same result--0.0 volts.

I found the following trouble codes:

P0611 FICM performance (this code has shown up since I upgraded the FICM)

P1000 On-Board Diagnostic OBD System Readiness Test Not Complete (this code has shown up since I installed the CTS Edge Insight monitor).

P1378 FICM Supply Voltage Circuit Low (this is a new code)

U0306 Software Incompatible With FICM (this code has shown up since I installed the PHP Atlas 40 FICM tune)

So, it appears that my FICM is dead! Correct? What could cause this--why would my FICM fail suddenly? My understanding is that the FICM rarely fails suddenly, and that they tend to fail more gradually.

Please note that I installed a Bulletproof Diesel 6-phase FICM with the 58v option about 15 months ago. I also installed a Power Hungry Performance Atlas 80 FICM tune about six month ago. Could my FICM have burned up? What else could it be? I haven't pulled the FICM yet, so I don't know what it looks like inside, and I have not been able to inspect the wire harness. The only other thing I should mention is that about three days before this problem occurred I installed LED dome lights. Is there some way this could've caused a problem?

All input is greatly appreciated!!
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:37 AM
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I would remove the FICM and check the connections going into the bottom of it. I've never seen a bad FICM read 0 voltage when tested. Not saying it doesn't happen, just haven't seen it.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:41 AM
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Thank you very much for your input. Actually, when I first realized I was having a no start problem, I checked my CTS gauge and the FICM voltage fluctuated between 1 to 5 volts. By the time I got the FICM exposed to check it with the voltage meter, I was getting a reading of 0.0 volts. However, I agree that there still is a possibility that the wiring harness has come loose or unplugged. I will check that out and report back. Thanks!!
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:01 AM
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just wondering, I have the same, or similar problem with my rig. What fixed your truck?
My truck had a BPD ficm supply set at 58 Volts and after about six months ran into long cranks to start. Eventually to the point there was no start at all. I found the 50 amp ficm fuse popped and replaced it only to have it pop again immediately. Called BPD and they sent me a new ficm supply, greatly appreciated, BTW!! Hooked it up, now the truck starts, but still have to hold crank on to get it to fire. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:55 PM
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Paulliewog, I want to thank you for your post. Thanks to you, I checked my 50 amp FICM fuse and found that it was blown. So, for me it was a quick and cheap fix! However, I have not been able to determine why the fuse blew in the first place! I checked the FICM wiring harness, but did not detect any chafing issues. I hope you were able to get your truck running. If I learn any more about possible causes for the blown fuse issue, I will post you. Thanks again for your help!
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:10 PM
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Kind of glad to hear that my truck woes are helping others out there. I'm working a bit on it here and there, and the truck does run now. Still have this long cranking and still starts and stalls. After a couple of times it finally starts and runs. Back at the drawing board tomorrow.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:23 PM
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Paulliewog, I found something on YouTube that might be helpful. Here's the link: FORD Diesel ~6.0L & 7.3L~ Troubleshoot Hard or Won't Start Problems - YouTube. If the link does not work just let me know and I will email it to you. Thanks again for your help.

Rob
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:32 AM
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Thanks SelahPSD. Have to get ScanGuage II, hopefully soon, to monitor them. Saw the video and it will help a lot. Thanks again.
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Been a while since I posted on this thread. After a long, cold and mean winter I had some time to look at the truck and with a favour from a local repair shop (owner is a good friend of mine) got a scan tool to borrow. As I am cranking, the high pressure oil slowly builds up. It takes about 5-10 seconds to get up to 500 psi, and then the truck starts. Obviously a leak somewhere, but I am going to just leave it for now. I have to do the head gaskets too. Maybe in 2015 I will git'er done!
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