Hi Everyone, thanks for your patience, I'm new to the forum (this is a bit long). I drive my beloved "Bertha" a 97' 7.3 3/4 ton that I've meticulously maintained. Only 5K a year on her since I've bought her 8 years ago with 110K. I now have 150K on her. Have replaced transmission, transmission coolant system, 2 fuel pumps, water pump, etc.. change oil every 3K. Only use to pull my 2 horse trailer.
One night truck starts running really rough as we are coming up a hill. Happened after I switched fuel tanks. Loses power, stalls out, starts, but just chugs (barely). I get to side of road. Stranded with 2 horses at night.
I tow truck into independent diesel shop. They replace rear exhaust sensor and give me back truck. Truck dies 10 miles from shop. Won't start, really rough when it does start, then only for a minute. Towed back to shop. Next day I was informed I needed 4 new injectors. Guaranteed that the shop had eliminated all other possiblities. I replace ALL injectors with NEW Ford parts (7 hours labor plus $354 per injector). Shop also states that front fuel tank has some contaminant (gas/acetone?) in it. They drain tank and fill with diesel. I have NEVER put anything but diesel in my truck...Truck returned to me. Dies 4 miles from shop, exhibiting exact same original symptoms (though new injectors were installed). Towed back to shop. Shop then states that the software uploads that guide the injectors (?) didn't take. They redo upload and give me back my truck. Yes boys and girls, the truck then dies 1/2 mile from the shop, shuddering, running super rough. I manage to get the truck back to the shop but it's the Friday before Xmas and they are closed. After talking in depth to a diesel specialist at the Bureau of Automotive Repair, I have truck towed to local dealer for additional diagnosis.
Sorry this is so long! Any ideas? Am I right to be concerned that I just paid $4K for injectors I may not have needed? Could something else be causing injectors to fail, as opposed to four injectors failing at once? The truck has broken down twice since the new injectors were installed.
Also,an aside question. Shop wouldn't provide injectors for inspection since they were returned for "core charges". I understand core charges in general but with new factory injectors, should there still be core charges? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!!! Jennifer