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7.3 Died while driving
2003 F250 w/7.3L Power'choke' started sputtering 3 weeks ago when it was 8 degrees out. I changed the oil and fuel filter and put some diesel treatment in it thinking it was geling or freezing the fuel. This worked for a week.
Upon driving to work a week later on the freeway it did it again leaving me stranded (about 17 degrees out). Would not fire up. I changed the CPS on the freeway and it still did not start. Had it towed to a fleet service where they said the truck was out of fuel due to a calibration issue with the fuel sending unit = 1/4 tank = empty. No codes - I was skeptical. They said when they pulled the fuel filter lid it blew the lid off as if it was pressurized, they said that was kind of odd...
This week it died again with-in one mile of the last incident (about 15 degrees out). It would begin to shake, sputter and then eventually die out just as it has done in the past 2 incidents. This time it would restart, but idle rough and have no power or rev's. I noticed white smoke that smelled odd. When it arrived at the fleet service shop it fired right up for them and has not repeated the problem for them. It produced code 1211 which is oil pressure I believe. They think it may be the IPR valve this time, oil pump or injector o-ring. Oil level is full.
I have a trip to the carolinas in one week and i just dont trust it...any suggestions?