Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Stephenville, Texas
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7.3 Died on Highway, no crank, no power
I was driving back to Texas yesterday and about 20 miles north of Gainsville, the check engine light came on and then immediately lost all power. I rolled to a stop and turned the key off and turned the key back on to see if it would crank and had zero power other than a fast click that would happen if either door was open and would go off when key was in ignition. When the engine light came on before it died, it sounded like a ground wire touched the frame or something and sounded like the turbo or transmission was playing through the radio. No electricity circulated to any of the electronics throughout the truck. I still have about 10 gallons of diesel in both tanks and checked the fuel filter housing just in case and it was still full. Only about 2k miles on oil change. I do have a windshield crack but have not noticed any leaks. I only say this because I'm unsure if the PCM would get wet and go out. I guess my main question for y'all is a quick diagnostic of the possibilities. Would this be an alternator issue? I replaced both batteries about 7 months ago. I checked all battery cables and ground cables that I could see and everything seemed to be fine. I have 240K miles and haven't had a single issue other than glow plugs at 130k. She has treated me well until now. I'm only stressing because my vehicle is depended on my income and have jobs lined up for this week. The truck is basically stock other than a Tony Wildman 6 position chip, exhaust and intake. I had the truck towed to Gainsville and is sitting at Hunters Oil Depot awaiting a diagnostic until they open tomorrow. Any help would be appreciated.
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