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Old 08-15-2011, 04:57 PM
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FICM voltage and codes help

Ok,
I have searched and it seems that everyone with FICM voltage questions has a rough running truck.
The odd thing here is that my truck is running fine.
About a week ago I filled up the tank and soon after my CEL came on.
I went to Autozone and had them check the codes.
P0261, 0264, 0267, 0270, 0273, 0276, 0279, 0282. All eight of them.
The next day the CEL is off.
After several tank fillings the light has come on a couple of times but not every time.
It came on again this morning. I had the codes checked again. All the same codes.
I referred to Swamps procedure for checking the voltage and I got 48v with the key on.
The voltage dropped to 30v while running.
I see that according to Swamps it is probably bad.
The thing that bothers me is that the truck seems to be running just fine.
I want to be sure there is nothing else that could be wrong.
Cranking time seems to be roughly the same. It was shorter when it was new but I would think that would be normal.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Chris
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:13 PM
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Careful or there COULD be something else wrong if you continue to drive it. Low voltage not only kills FICM's, it kills injectors too.
Replace it ASAP.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:38 PM
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Wow, that is a lot of bad codes all in the injector control and wiring system.

Okay other possibilities. Corroded and or chaffed wire harness(es). Due to the broad spectrum of injector codes unlikely. Ground faults would be a different set of codes.

Suggested solutions for any one of these codes is to check for corroded or faulty connectors at the injectors. Plugged injectors/dirty injectors. Or replace a faulty injector. All eight at once. Not unless you got some really bad fuel and it smoked all eight.

Be sure there is no waxy buildup in the primary fuel filter housing. Have you been draining the water in fuel drain every month?

Do a load contribution/balance test (if you have access to the testers for this).

Even though the engine is not running rough has your mpg dropped?

Here are some broad diagnostics for the FICM in pdf form

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It is the 6.0L FICM Guide from Ford.

Hey a bad FCIM is still less costly than 8 injectors. Had to do all eight on a van recently, the cost... $5,000.00

Good Luck
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:54 PM
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I had the same issue, I had no idea. my truck was running fine.
got a new SGll and while playing with the x-gauge functions noticed my FICM at cold was in the 30's

tore into it Friday night, re soldered the caps and resistors (one resistor was cold soldered) and running at a straight 48 now. took about 3 hours.

vibration must have finally broken the solder joint.

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Old 08-15-2011, 06:14 PM
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All of the codes were the same cylinder injector circuit low code.
It was one code for each injector.
I just replaced my fuel filters. Neither one looked bad and the housings were clean.
I have not noticed a drop in milage.
I did notice that my battery terminals were pretty ugly.
Im going to clean those and make sure I have a good connection and re-check voltage again tomorrow.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:17 PM
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Is there a write up somewhere on the soldering?

I read somewhere earlier that that could be done.

Sounds like it might be worth a shot.
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this is what I used.
Hope this helps.
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File Type: pdf ficm_repair_procedure.pdf (597.9 KB, 121 views)
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:27 AM
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I actually found that pdf last night.
I am going to try it later today.
I cleaned my battery terminals first.
They were really bad. Should have done that first I know.
Im going to check my voltage again when the engine is cold before I proceed.
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SUCCESS.....

Pulled out the FICM, touched up the spots on the board inside with a soldering iron and I'm back to 48v while the truck is running.

Thanks for everyones input.

Chris
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:58 PM
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Always good to hear a success story.
check the FICM in 4 spots to make sure everything is OK.

Key on, not started
Starting
Engine running cold
Engine running hot.

if you are > 46v in all positions, you're good to go.

let us know if you see a performance difference.
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