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Old 10-13-2013, 11:32 AM
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so I hit a puddle of water...

1996 7.3 PS automatic 4dr longbed

Raining very hard last night down here on the upper Texas coast, left Schlotzsky's and headed home. Hit a few big puddles of water in the right side of the lane and then got on the highway.

About 1/2 mile later she starts bogging down, my first thought is tanks are empty so I'm like WT? and I panic and switch tanks and head for the exit.
*note - switched from 1/4 full tank to 1/8 full.
Pull into a station, manuever my sweetheart no-turning-long-bed-4dr to a pump and throw $20 fuel into each tank. Left her running while fueling.

I leave and hit the onramp but 1/4-1/2 mile from the station she starts to lay down on me again. Bamfoozled, I switch tanks again. She limps along for 1/4 mile running awful bad, gauges and tach look fine. Picks back up in RPM so I take advantage and mash the go pedal.

Seems like everything is gonna be okay...for about 1/2 mile that is. She gets up to 40-45mph and she starts dying back off. So that's how it goes getting her home...struggling for 1/4 mile, hauling the mail for 1/2 mile, struggling for 1/4 mile.

Fuses and relays appear good, didn't mess with the PCM plug (don't want to either) and drained/checked the fuel bowl for water but didn't see any. Went to crank after draining and it took 5-7 tries before she lit up and even then she didn't wanna run right.

1) I keep wanting to blame this whole ordeal on hitting those puddles of water before getting on the highway.
2) The puddles could just be coincidence and something went haywire with my fuel system from low tanks (never a problem in the past).

thoughts?


eta - disregard folks, low on oil again (insert kicking-my-own-a**-again smilie here)

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Old 10-13-2013, 12:04 PM
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Could be you got water in the IDM.
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Water partially dislodged the wire plug at the CPS? Good luck.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:27 PM
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disregard folks, low on oil again
(insert kicking-my-own-a**-again smilie here)



added oil, purrs like a kitten, starts quick, runs like a top.
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