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Old 08-15-2007, 05:17 PM
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Troubleshooting unknown engine problem

My girlfriends father recently passed away it looks like we're inheriting his truck. It's a 1996 F-350 4x4 crewcab longbed with a 7.3. It hasn't been driven in almost a year and he was the only one that had any idea of what was wrong with it. A family member told me that it was an electrical issue of some sort. He lived in the middle of the desert by himself and had apparently given up on fixing it himself, and didn't have the money to get it fixed.

After some research in here it looks like the CPS, and the under-valve cover injector harnesses may be possible candidates. Is there a way to test these items to see if they are faulty? And can anyone think of anywhere else to start? I'd like to rule out anything major before putting money into it.

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Old 08-15-2007, 05:21 PM
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What are the symptoms?? Im assuming a crank no start...

Check the Tach..if it registers its probably not the CPS...

There are two electrical connectors on each valve cover for that year...disconnect them and look for any burned pins on either connector...

Have you pulled any codes??

Any more info you can give us??
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Old 08-15-2007, 05:49 PM
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I haven't gotten to physically do anything with it yet. So thats all the info I have so far. I did also notice that he had the ignition switch apart and there are some cylinders laying on the dash so I'll have to get that fixed/back together first. Now that I think of it, someone did tell me that he had gotten it to turn over, but it wouldn't fire. As soon as I am able to work on it I'll have more info. but like I said, since he passed away, I don't even know where to start, any info. passed with him.

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Old 08-15-2007, 05:56 PM
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a reputable shop would be a good starting place for hands on work, after all this is a freebie, the truck is still worth a lil chunk of change if you sold it or if the work was more than you wanted to spend.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:33 PM
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a reputable shop would be a good starting place for hands on work, after all this is a freebie, the truck is still worth a lil chunk of change if you sold it or if the work was more than you wanted to spend.
Problem is that the truck is ten miles from the nearest town down an unmaintained dirt road on top of a mountain served by a very long steep ungraded driveway that I can't tow it down or get a trailer big enough to haul it on up. Plus, I like turning wrenches anyway. It's going to have to make it out of there under it's own power, or I'm going to have to get a bulldozer and fix the road so a trailer can access it. I'd rather try to get it running. And you're right, being a freebie, It's definitely going to get it's share of attention moneywise, I just don't want to spend it unneccesarily.
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Problem is that the truck is ten miles from the nearest town down an unmaintained dirt road on top of a mountain served by a very long steep ungraded driveway that I can't tow it down or get a trailer big enough to haul it on up. Plus, I like turning wrenches anyway. It's going to have to make it out of there under it's own power, or I'm going to have to get a bulldozer and fix the road so a trailer can access it. I'd rather try to get it running. And you're right, being a freebie, It's definitely going to get it's share of attention moneywise, I just don't want to spend it unneccesarily.
Where are you at? Maybe a couple of the members could help.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:44 PM
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Where are you at? Maybe a couple of the members could help.
The truck is near Wickenburg Arizona, I live 15 miles from there in Circle City.
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I figured that with a name like Evergreen you were up here in the NW. There are alot of great members down there also. Maybe one of them will chime in. Oh yeah to the ORG!!
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I figured that with a name like Evergreen you were up here in the NW. There are alot of great members down there also. Maybe one of them will chime in. Oh yeah to the ORG!!
Actually, you're not far off, I used to live in Everett Washington.
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Well at least I know that I know that my instincts haven't completely left me. Post more up about the truck when you figure it out and you might get more help.
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