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Okay I've been reading around on this board and pstokenation about injectors and engine issues because I had a feeling that my truck was going to have an issue.
here's the story and timeline.
3 weeks ago I bought a truck in dallas (i live in houston). I had the seller send it to a ford dealership in Arlington where they changed out a couple sensors and supposedly changed 2 injectors. when I got there to pick up the truck, it seemed to run okay, it's an e99 so I knew the power wasn't going to be what I was used to, and it seemed alot louder than my past diesels. I went ahead and bought the truck and drove it home.
I put in an open intake and a 4" exhaust and it seemed to help the sluggishness of the truck, but it always seemed to be a little rough to me, but again I never had anything to compare it to.
one night about a week ago, I drove the truck about 4 miles, killed it, then came back out about 10 minutes later and it started whomping really violently. I killed the engine and started it again about 5 minutes later and saw white smoke. Not alot, but I did see some white smoke and it smelled like fuel.
since then, it's seemed to idle rougher, take longer to start and on cold starts I'd see the white smoke for a little bit, once the truck warmed up it was fine.
Yesterday after work, truck sat about 5 hours it started up, I drove it a block and the engine died totally. Got it pulled off the road, and wouldn't re-start. about 10 minutes later it finally restarted and I got the whomping again, let it go and it idled VERY roughly for a couple minutes then settled down and ran fine again. Took it to a shop and they buzzed it, and all the injectors sounded strong, no codes at all on the engine. I left the shop, got it home, this morning on the way to work it did the exact same thing about a block from my house. Got it fired back up and dropped it off at my buddy's shop.
He's thinking it's the injectors leaking fuel when it sits. Does this sound like injectors to you guys? Can loss of compression cause these types of issues?
If it's the injectors I told him I would probably go with the bigger injectors since this is an E99 and I'd like to give the truck a little more power and fuel economy but I'm not looking to make a drag truck out of it. I've determined that I don't need to spend the money on the hybrids because I'm never going to want 450-500hp with this truck so I don't want to buy hybrids and detune. My question is, where budget and reliability are my main concerns, what type of injectors should I put in (if it's injectors)? I think stage 1's are what I want, but after that I'm kind of lost as to what I should do or where I should look.
1996 F350 CC LB....