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Old 01-10-2009, 08:01 AM
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1997 7.3 diesel quit no start

OK, I have a 1997 7.3 diesel powerstroke that spit twice then quit. The fuel pump was recently replaced and there is fuel in the filter. It will turn over fine but not hit at all.

I connected my cheap reader to the ODBII port and all I get is "FAIL". I read somewhere this 1997 is not compatible with these readers, is this true? Also, I noticed mt "Wait to Start" light does not come on when I turn on the switch. It was warm when it cut off.

Is there a special reader that must be used on this unit?

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Old 01-10-2009, 08:05 AM
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OK, I have a 1997 7.3 diesel powerstroke that spit twice then quit. The fuel pump was recently replaced and there is fuel in the filter. It will turn over fine but not hit at all.

I connected my cheap reader to the ODBII port and all I get is "FAIL". I read somewhere this 1997 is not compatible with these readers, is this true? Also, I noticed mt "Wait to Start" light does not come on when I turn on the switch but does when I try to start so the bulb is good. It was warm when it cut off.

Is there a special reader that must be used on this unit?
Check and see if fuse #22 is blown. Should be a 30amp maxi fuse.
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:12 AM
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#22 was indeed bad. I changed it and turned my key on. The Wait to start light and others were flickering and then went out. I tried to start and it still would not. I rechecked #22 and it was blown again.

OK dude, where do I start looking for my short?
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fuse 22 might be the bowl heater or the pcm try dicconectine the bowl heater or pull your filter out and check the heater in the bowl if wire is broken it short against the bowl
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The fuel bowl heater in the wire on the right side of the fule bowl about 2/3's the way down.
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:39 AM
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Any idea what else this #22 fuse controls? I will check all this out tomorrow, raining right now.

How about the glow plugs?
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The fuel bowl heater in the wire on the right side of the fule bowl about 2/3's the way down.
It's on the right side as you are facing the truck. It is on the drivers side of the fuel bowl. There should be 2 wires. One controls the fuel heater and the other is the air intake heater. Unplug the fuel bowl heater, replace the fuse and start the truck.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:25 AM
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It's on the right side as you are facing the truck. It is on the drivers side of the fuel bowl. There should be 2 wires. One controls the fuel heater and the other is the air intake heater. Unplug the fuel bowl heater, replace the fuse and start the truck.

I'll tell you exactally what I did. I unplugged the heater (top wire), replaced the fuse and started my truck!

You guys are the greatest! This forum has literaly saved me thousands of dollars on repairs. I'm nobody's mechanic but I can follow instructions.

I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I would not have went to a fuel heater in a million years. I mean, who would have thought a fuel heater would shut my truck down completely.

One more question: I live in upstate South Carolina and the low temps are 25 or so. How cold can I run my truck until I replace the heater?

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I'll tell you exactally what I did. I unplugged the heater (top wire), replaced the fuse and started my truck!

You guys are the greatest! This forum has literaly saved me thousands of dollars on repairs. I'm nobody's mechanic but I can follow instructions.

I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I would not have went to a fuel heater in a million years. I mean, who would have thought a fuel heater would shut my truck down completely.

One more question: I live in upstate South Carolina and the low temps are 25 or so. How cold can I run my truck until I replace the heater?
For the most part, nobody replaces them. Just leave it unplugged and maybe add some Powerservice to the fuel When you fill up. That heater doesn't help much.
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the heated is a piece of cake to replace. And cheep. Remove the fuel bowl cap and fuel filter. unplug the heater on the inside. I think its a17 or a 19 crows foot wrench to remove the post in the fuel bowl. remover and replace the heater. Tighten the post but be carful the bowl is alum. Plug the heater up inside and out. Then ( I would install a new fuel filter. ) and tighten the fuel bowl cap.
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