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Old 12-23-2012, 04:06 AM
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Won't start-911

I have a '97 7.3L PSD w/ 180K, all stock. The only mechanical trouble I've had with the truck is the fuel heater kept blowing fuse 22. I disconnected and taped the end of the fuel heater wire, replaced the fuse and had no more problems until last night. My son borrowed the truck and said he started losing power and then the truck just died. It wouldn't restart and he had to be towed home by a friend. My first thought was fuse 22 again, but it checks out fine and I am getting rpms durin cranking (which I didn't when it was the fuse and I've read on here that I wouldn't if it was the PCM).

This is my primary ride and I'm dead in the water. I have a Snap-On scanner I can use, but it won't be available until after the holidays. So far the gauges check out fine. Fuel reads about an 1/8th of a tank.

Can someone at least point me in the general direction of what to check to see if I can get it running until I can scan it in a few days?
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:14 AM
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is there white smoke when you crank it over?
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:56 AM
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Yes, there is some. Not a lot, but enought that I can sit in the cab and crank it over and see it drift up from the exhaust.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:23 PM
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The plot thickens. My "investigation" after talking to my son leads me to believe that he ran my truck out of diesel. I put diesel in the front tank, drained and refilled the filter housing and tried to start it. Still no luck, but it is dumping pretty rich fumes and white smoke from the exhaust and acts like it wants to hit.

Any stickies here on how to restart after it runs out?
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:27 PM
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Keep crankin
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:51 PM
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it takes a while to get all the air out of the system
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