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Old 12-11-2011, 05:42 PM
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97 PSD won't start

Just started to use this site, It is great! I am not too up on this stuff (diesel or Internet forums). I need some HELP!!!
Last week my truck would not start. Fuse was blown (#22 30 amp MAXI). Finally unhooked the fuel heater. Fuse problem fixed. Still will not even try to start. Borrowed a code reader from Local auto parts, no codes. Tried some ether, plugged in the block heater, sat over nite nothing. Does not seem to have any oil pressure when cranking, tach moves a little, but not much.
I know someone has had this trouble too. Give me some ideas. please
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:54 PM
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Cps maybe? Batteries good? Good luck and welcome to the org
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:08 PM
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Cps maybe? Batteries good? Good luck and welcome to the org
That was my thought too. replace your CPS (cam position sensor). takes about 5 minutes and has caused us all grief at one point or another.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:17 PM
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Not me lol, but I hear everyone else keeps having that problem, so I keep a spare anyway.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:53 PM
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Please don't use ether on a diesel. For one once a motor gets ethered its becomes addicted in a way. Prime example a farmer I know has a cat, an older one but in good shape. He ethered it from day one when he got it. You can crank on it with several batteries and it won't start, one shot of ether and she starts right up.

Second, outside of that aspect ether can ignite on the glowplugs or grid heater on a dodge and blow up your motor or you. Essentially your starting issues will be the last of your troubles if it hits one of those things.

Despite this warning as well as the one found written by fomoco on your air intake (remember seeing it there), if you must ether it atleast unplug power to the glow plugs.
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:59 PM
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I know that ether can cause a lot of problems, but I wanted to see if it would even try to start. It didn't so I don't see how it could be fuel problem. Put in a cps this evening, but had left the dome light on last night so battery was down too much to crank.
Thanx for the advice. Incidentally, the CPS LOOKED fairly new, so I don't know??
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:30 PM
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Do you have a wait to start light when you turn the key on?
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:28 AM
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Finally gave up, took the truck to Ford garage. They found some codes. Took about 15-20 min. Charged me $90+. But it is running again!!! I cecked for codes and nothing came up. Does the PSD need a special reader? The one I used was from the local auto store. On e of those "things" I guess.
Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:16 PM
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What did they say the issue was? And yes a normal obd2 code reader will not work with these motors. I tried to just clear codes on mine with one that the shop has. It shut my truck off when it tried to do it's thing.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:57 PM
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Yep, thats what I thought. What kind reader dio I need? I hate to keep going to Ford. I can pay for quick for what they charge. Plus, I had to have it towed!!!
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