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I know that this topic has been beat to death but i could not find it so i had to start a new one. Unfortunatly, I am just now finding out the gravity of the situation. I have had my 7.3 PSD for about 60,000 miles it has 97,000 on it now. During that time I have had ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS with my truck other than this CPS(crank position sensor). My first experience with this sensor was about 12,000 miles into my ownership of the F-250 4x4 extended cab shortbed. I took the truck to the dealership to have the problem of sudden dying at intersections and expressways diagnosed. Initially I was told that they could not find a code or "re-produce" the truck dying scenario, thus returning my truck to me having made no changes or repairs. 2 weeks later the truck was delivered back to the same dealership on a flatbed. I explained to them that the truck is STILL dying with out warning, not restarting.. then maybe re-starting after a period of time. After having the truck for a full day the reported to have found an issue with my CPS. They replaced it and problem solved... for a while.
After having received my re-call notice in the mail i promptly made an appointment with the dealership in Feb of '09 to have the CPS inspected and/or changed. They checked it and said it was fine and preformed no replacement.
Jump to present day.
I had noticed for about the last 3 or 4 weeks that the truck was occasionally not wanting to start. I attributed that to a clogged fuel filter. Naturally, I delayed changing my fuel filter until my truck quit running and would not start. I changed the fuel filter and to my surprise that did not fix the problem. I had no idea what the problem could have been, so a bought a $60.00 code reader from Autozone. I plugged that sucker in and.....BAM!!!!.... nothing. No codes, no incomplete maintenance checks, and the system was reading "1 ready". I then cleared all the codes (even though their wasn't any) and tried to restart the truck. It started and ran for a mile and died again. I sat down on the WORLD WIDE INTERWEB and discovered that the issue with this CPS was a widespread and highly contentious subject. It would seem that there was an issue with the color of the CPS. Meaning if you had a black one you were in trouble. If you had a gray one then according the the ford experts, you were updated to the "post-solution" CPS. (That must mean that the gray one is better?) And finally, THE BLUE ONE. This is the one that ALL the smart people are using and it is for an International T444 something or another. I take it that this one is supposed to be the best.
During my moment of Powerstroke incapacitation, I was told by the Ford dealership that that the possibility of a bad censor being replaced with a bad censor was non-existent. I figured that the smartass on the phone at the dealership was full of **** so I went to autozone and bought a new CPS to replace the old one. I did not realize at the time that the new "black" censor I just purchased was a bad thing. I installed it and drove problem free for 37.7 miles. I turned the truck off only to find that it was not going to start. I left the truck sitting overnight. The next morning i showed up to the scene with a new "grey" censor, a batter terminal cleaner, some oil, and some coolant. I added 1 1/2 qt of oil, 1 qt of coolant, cleaned and inspected the battery terminals and replaced the censor (while the batteries were disconnected). Immediately following aforementioned tasks, I started the truck and drove it another 60 miles with no problems. I parked it when I arrived and re-started it a few times to test the integrity of the "grey" censor. It seems to still be functioning correctly.
Which brings me to the point of re-posting this old topic. I was hoping to fill my cup from the fountain of knowledge that flows through the rivers of this forum.
Is this "blue" International CPS the solution? Is there an issue with the CSP circuit on '99-'03 7.3L PSD's, and can it be corrected. Or is it just one of those things where I need to buy a gross of these censor's and add a 10mm wrench to my key chain just to get to the end of my driveway?
Thanks for any help.....
FORD emblem front and rear
Onyx black steering wheel
60/40 bench seats
7.3L Powerstroke Diesel
2 big doors
2 little doors
Big O'l 4"exhaust with a 6" Chrome hillbilly tip
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