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Truck spit and sputterd, now won't start

OK huys, I'm kind of new to Diesels in general. My girlfriends 2001 7.3 F350 was running fine yesterday. She stopped for fast food and shut the truck off in the drive through. when she started it back up, ut started running really rough, like misfiring real bad. She couldn't get it over 20MPH all the way home.

When I started it, it was still rough, but leveled out for a min. I shut it off till today, now it won't start at all. It cranks and will sometimes try to fire, but immediatly dies. It threw 2 codes, P1316 (ugh), and P0541 (AIH).

I'm wondering where I should start with this? I've did the 50 cent fix a couple months ago, so it shouldn't be that.

Any other ideas?
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How was the fuel level?
I'd check the UVCHs anyway.


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It's sitting at 3/4 of a tank right now. You really think they could come unplugged even with the quarters in them? It's got 253,000 miles and when I didi them, they were only slightly unplugged. It was missing on a couple cylinders, but made it from texas to South Dakota that way. It's been running perfect since.
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Not just unplugged but the connections under the VC too.
If you pull the fuel filter and drain the bowl, you can turn the key on and the pump should almost perfectly fill the bowl in one cycle if working right.


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The connections under the VC's should be what the quarters fixed right? Or there other connections under there to check? I'll try new batteries and a fuel filter tomorrow. Batteries are due to change anyways.
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That's just one connection. There's others UNDER the VC. To the injectors. And wires that can melt/chaff.


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OK, so spent a couple more hours on it tonight... Didnt get to pulling the VC's off yet, mostly because I hate doing it.

I tried to change the fuel filter, but the one on the truck has a pre filter attached to the cap, and the filter I bought had it attached to the inner filter??

I swapped the CPS with a new one, nothing...

I ohmed the glow plugs. I got .2 ohms on the 2 rear drivers and .3 ohms on the front two. In the passenger side, all 4 were .4 ohms. This atleast tells me not all the connectors are bad, right? Also, the GP relay is working good.

I guess the next thing is to pull the VC's??

I did notice it is puffing black smoke while cranking...
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The fuel filter you have is a single piece filter. Sounds like the new one is a two piece. How does the inside of the bowl look? And does it fill up like normal?
GPs - Sounds like they're good as well as the connections to the GPs. Injector harness may still be different. I'd check em. It's free.
After that, you may have to scan it or do a buzz/contrib test. In fact you could do that test before pulling the VCs.


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Well the drain on the fuel bowl is clogged or something, I couldn't empty it out. I know there was a video somewhere about it. The bowl does have some fine black sediment in it, I'd expect that to be normal after 11 years and 253,000 miles. The screen attached to the lid was pretty black, I think I'll look for the right cap to use the other filters.

I'll have to have it towed in for the buzz/contribution test, that's the last thing I wanted to do, but may have to. I'll likely test all fuses tonight, don't want to spend too much time on it on Valentines day, lol.
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Also forgot to mention that I pulled the ICP plug and it was full of oil, but truck still wouldnt start with it unplugged, in fact, it wouldn't even try to fire then.
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