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Old 04-12-2011, 02:14 PM
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Unhappy '96 7.3 No Start Help Needed Now

My work truck just died. It started fine but 1/2 mile from home it slowly lost power and quit. The engine was still warm from an earlier trip. A buddy towed it home and I hit the forum. I've had this truck for 13 years and this is the first time that it has let me down.
The truck is stock, has an auto trans and has only 128,000 miles. The batteries are recent and it cranks fine. Fuel tanks and engine oil are full. All fuses including #22 are fine. The CPS seems OK since the tach shows about 200 RPM while cranking. There is no smoke evident while cranking. The wait to start light works as normal. I replaced the fuel filter 6 weeks ago. I just removed the filter and the filter housing was about 1/3 full. I'm not sure if that is normal or not.
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Charles
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:13 AM
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Follow up. I have read hundreds of posts , but since I am not a mechanic by trade I need whatever help I can get. I do not have a working code reader (the one I have apparently crapped out).

I just checked the HPOP reservoir oil level. It only had about 3/4 in. of oil. I filled it, but still no start. I cranked it at 15 second intervals for a couple of minutes but no start and no exhaust smoke. I rechecked the reservoir oil level and it is still full.

Please help, I need the truck for work.

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Charles
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:36 AM
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Wow... I don't know man, here's a free bump for you though. Hopefully someone can figure out what's wrong. Usually, I'd say it's the CPS (since it's the most common problem). Do you have a spare that you can at least try to swap out and see if that's the problem? Maybe fuel pump...
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:31 PM
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My work truck just died. It started fine but 1/2 mile from home it slowly lost power and quit. The engine was still warm from an earlier trip. A buddy towed it home and I hit the forum. I've had this truck for 13 years and this is the first time that it has let me down.
The truck is stock, has an auto trans and has only 128,000 miles. The batteries are recent and it cranks fine. Fuel tanks and engine oil are full. All fuses including #22 are fine. The CPS seems OK since the tach shows about 200 RPM while cranking. There is no smoke evident while cranking. The wait to start light works as normal. I replaced the fuel filter 6 weeks ago. I just removed the filter and the filter housing was about 1/3 full. I'm not sure if that is normal or not.
Please help,
Charles
My fuel bowl is always full, I would lean towards a fuel issue... Could be lift pump or maybe FPR.
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Old 04-15-2011, 05:53 PM
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High flo oil pump ?
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Old 04-15-2011, 05:57 PM
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HPOP reservoir oil level would explain loss of power/quitting. a bad injector driver module (IDM) would explain it also.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:32 AM
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^^^^ what he said. it could be the PCM tho...my truck lost its PCM when i threw and edge programmer on it. the dam thing wouldnt start for anything. threw the new PCM on it and it fired the first time and has every time since. see if a local mechanic has a reader. my edge programmer to me what was wrong.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:28 AM
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Make sure all your fuses are good some. On my "96" the fuel heater went to ground in the filter and took out the fuse. It would spin over but no smoke etc. Redid the heater replaced fuse runs as good as new.

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