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Old 01-21-2012, 07:19 PM
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Surging/bad MPG

Hi all,

I have an auto 2001 7.3 with 137,000mi. Mostly stock, except for DIY intake, 4" turbo back and TW chip.

It surges between 1800-2000rpms when I am ~1/4 into the throttle, most noticeable when doing about 30mph, or up a hill. If I increase or decrease the throttle it stops. Isn't nearly as bad at other speeds, if even present at all. Don't think it happens when its cold, if it does its barely noticeable. The truck also gets about 15-17mpg with the chip, and 13-15mpg without the chip.

I have a friend who is a Ford diesel tech, and he plugged it in but couldn't really find anything wrong other than the EBV sensor reading a couple PSI high, but we replaced that and that reads normal now. Also replaced the ICP sensor because there was oil in its electrical connector. I have replaced the accelerator pedal sensor with a couple of new dormans and no change.

The truck does run a bit smoother after replacing the sensors, but still surges and no change in MPG. Any help would be great!! Thanks.

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Old 02-18-2012, 07:05 AM
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Any ideas??
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its just a common thing with these motors when you put alil more fuel thru them. Just go out and get yourself a wicked wheel installed and 99% of the time it will take care of your surging that you having problems with. I have the same problem with my truck right now just cuz i dont have the wicked wheel yet either.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:50 PM
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I actually do have a wicked wheel. What I am describing is not turbo flutter - the wicked wheel got rid of that.

This happens when you are building <5psi of boost and is as if you are pulsating the gas pedal. Not sure if its a fueling issue, or the tranny doing something weird. It seems to happen before it upshifts usually.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:26 PM
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not too sure what you mean really then?? i guess i would have to hear what your talkin bout i guess then.
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I mean the truck revs by itself, as if you are stepping on the gas pedal then backing off.
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