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Old 01-23-2011, 09:30 PM
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Ran out of fuel and...

now it wont start of course. First time running it dry and I wasn't on the freeway. Just happaned to go empty down the street from my house at a stop sign. Tried to switch tanks but it was too late.

It's a 1996 OBS 7.3PS stock, no mods. I went ahead and swapped the fuel pump, because I was not getting any fuel into the filter canister, nor would it drain out when the drain valve was opened. Put it all back together this afternoon and it would still not start.

Is there a way to bleed the system of air? I thought I had bled it when I started getting fuel to come out of the schrader valve located on the FPR, which was nothing but air after the first few cranks. I also get fuel to run out of the filter canister when I turn it over and leave the drain valve open.

Now all it does is turn over and eventually run down the batteries. What other lines do I have to bleed? Where are they located? Thanks for any help.
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:18 PM
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try pouring some fuel in the fuel filter canister and see if that helps. It should prime itself if everything is sealed correctly
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:27 PM
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I've tried that. How much is it supposed to have? When I open it, the level is just past the bowl heater plate that is inside. If i fill it any more, it will just spill. If i leave the drain valve open when I try to crank it it will push fuel out. So I assume it is pushing fuel since the bowl never empties when I do this.

Not sure what else to do at this point. I have an former Ford mech who can stop by on Wednesday, but kind of needed the truck by tomorrow. Any help is appreciated. Oh, and yes, I already swapped the CPS with my spare and no help. The tach goes to 200 everytime it turns over.
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i know this is ganna sound crazy but lithiun grease will start your truck ....... jus have some one crank it while you spray , just dont press the gas pedal. yes it will leave grease inside your intake tube but your truck will run off it ......

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Old 01-24-2011, 07:15 PM
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Now that's a new one. I've read ether and WD-40, now lithium grease? I guess it's worth a shot. Beginning to think i might have messed something other than the fuel pump when I ran the tank dry. Thanks.
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Tried WD-40 and nothing, just continued to crank over. I then proceeded to loosen the fuel lines at the rails, left(passenger side) flex hose from the FPR to the rail, and the hard line that goes to the back of the rail(driver's side). Turned the key over and had fuel coming out of both hoses. So, it looks like I am getting fuel at all the places I am supposed.

Maybe something electrical? I never thought about running my scanner, so I did that and came up with a whole host of codes. The KOEO codes were P0605, 1283, 1705, 1272, 1274, 1293, 1294. Not sure what all these mean right now. About to do some research and see what I can come up with.

Any ideas???
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:22 PM
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Here are my code definitions:

P0605: Powertrain Control Module Keep Alive Memory Error
P1283: Injector Pressure Regulator Circuit
P1705: Transmission Range Circuit not indicating Park/Neutral during Self Test
P1272: Cylinder No. 2 High to Low side open
P1274: Cylinder No. 4 High to Low side open
P1293: Injector High Side Open - Bank 1
P1294: Injector High Side Open - Bank 2

All these codes from just running out of fuel?????

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Isnt there a air valve affair by the fuel filter canister on 96's? Crank ,push valve stem,crank,push valve stem repeat?Seems like there must be air in the system.
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Yes there is. Initially, after replacing the fuel pump, all I would get was air to come out of there. All the air is now gone though, and all it sprays is fuel.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:32 PM
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Boy this is killing me,getting any smoke when your turning it over?If so ,maybe electrical I'm not sure about the codes,maybe some one else can chime in.
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