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post #1 of 18 Old 01-02-2008, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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97 F350 7.3 Stalling

My 97 F350 with a 7.3 has developed a habit of stalling. The truck has 140k miles. The dealership has not been able to diagnose the problem; I am really stuck.

Since the problem began the following repairs have been performed: the cam position sensor and fuel filter have been changed. The transmission has been rebuilt and the torque converter has been replaced.

Description of problem: When the truck is completely cold (I live in Vegas, approx 30F-35F overnite,) it may stall when I am approx 2 miles from the house. There are no lights coming on, except battery (which I believe is normal when truck is not running.) It will not start for approx 5-10 minutes; after which time it will fire right up. Until the 5-10 minute time has passed it will crank normally but will not start. After it has stalled once it will run fine for the remainder of the day (at least so far it will.)

Thanks for any help you can provide. I've scoured this site, which is great, but have not seen a diagnosis to this problem. I've read several posts where the same problem seems to be described but no fix has been posted.
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In the desert like Vegas and Phoenix you often get #3 fuel at the pump and not even very good #3 at that in summer. The oil companies dump all the high waxing fuels to the worm parts of the country in the winter. Some of this fuel can plug a fuel filter or a pick up screen at temps of even 40f. It's called the CFPP (cold filter plug point) and may very well be your problem. Try some fuel additive like power service in the winter months and see if that helps, the truck stops will have it in stock.

If not this then look into your fuel pressure at first start up, the pump could be on the way out. Thats all I can think of right now.

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My 97 would die when cold, in less then a mile. Could not figure it out--ADDED 4.5 QUARTS OF OIL PROBLEM OVER. Go figure.
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My 97 would die when cold, in less then a mile. Could not figure it out--ADDED 4.5 QUARTS OF OIL PROBLEM OVER. Go figure.
My Haynes manual calls for 10 quarts of oil. Are you saying that you added 4.5 quarts to that??
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I was low by 4.5 quarts, according to my mechanic.?? fixed the problem.
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Yeah, that makes more sense. Thanks
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My Haynes manual calls for 10 quarts of oil. Are you saying that you added 4.5 quarts to that??
Haynes manual for a PSD???? Holy crap that's 5 quarts short. 15 quarts for PSD's!!

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