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New Here with Problems
I`ve had a few 7.3 idi powered Ford`s,but picked up my first 7.3 Powerstroke yesterday. It is a 2000 E350 van with 240k on it. I wasn`t afraid of the mileage. It seemed to run well,just slightly rough before it warmed up. It smoothed out,and I test drove it and all seemed ok.
I get it home,and go to take it for a ride a little later and it seemed to run a little rougher again,and was down on power. The CEL did not come on,and is/was not burned out.
Today I went to start it and it took forever to get it fired,and when it finally did fire it ran very rough for a while,eventually smoothing out little by little,but never all the way. It did not however run as well as did yesterday,and struggled to go upto even 20mph. Still no CEL.
After some research online I pulled it inside and pulled the driver side valve cover off and found the UVCH was a lil loose. I fired it up and it seemed to run slightly better,still no CEL light.
I then spent 2-hours removing the pass side valve cover,and found that the harness on that side was also loose. It seemed to start a little easier,and seemed to run a bit smoother yet. But now the CEL is on.
It still runs slightly on the rough side,and still seems a lil down on a power,but is running better then it was.
Before I start throwing money at this thing (which I honestly can not afford to do),what would you guys replace first if you were in my shoes?
I am thinking the UVCH & VC Gaskets on both sides and go from there.
Last edited by FoMoCoPower; 01-18-2012 at 06:19 PM.
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