I bought a 1997 F250 for a smoking deal yesterday and was prepared for some problems. But I need to know where to start for some of this.
Truck was hard to start, sounded like bad batteries. They were also puking battery acid all over the place so I replaced them. I apparently also have a drain on the batteries because it is still hard to start, battery light comes on stays on until for about 2 minutes till the batteries are charged again.
I'm going to try the starter next. It cranks pretty slow. A small short in the starter could cause the draining.
The truck also misses when coasting. It clears up after about 4 or 5 seconds of coasting or when a little pedal is applied. What could cause this?
WTS light only comes on for about 1 - 2 seconds.
Lots of smoke when you start the truck cold. GPR?
Speedo doesn't move until 12mph. It then pops to 12mph and is correct till 85.
Temp gauge doesn't work.
Tranny (E4OD) shifts early into 3rd constantly, directly after shifting into 2nd, and early into 4th.
Thanks. I obviously need to invest in a scan tool so what do you suggest that won't break the bank?
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