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Running out of ideas, engine keeps quitting
Im having a frustrating problem with my 2003 Ford e350 van. Im stumped. It has always run perfectly but here recently has been harder to start, I've had to crank it longer- but once it started it still ran perfectly until recently when it sat for a couple of weeks not being used. I changed the fuel filter. It sat and idled after I did that, I drove it for about a block and then it quit. The fuel filter and bowl were very dirty with sediment and rust in the bottom. I drained the bowl and wiped it out but it still would not start. I next checked the gps and tested each glow plug, all tested fine and probably aren't the problem anyway since it is eighty degrees here. I took the idm out of my 98 and put it in the 03 to check that. I bought a scanner from harbor freight, it showed no codes (I'm still not sure if this OBDII scanner is correct anyway). I checked the fuses in the box under the hood and the relays. I checked the oil level in the HPOP, it appeared to be only half full so I filled it to within an inch of the top. I replaced the cps and I pulled a check valve out of the passenger rear head and nothing changes the fact that it cranks and cranks, then finally starts and runs for ten seconds and dies. Then it's even harder to start unless you let it sit for a long time. I pulled the fuel filter out again, removed the check valve from the pickup tube.
Somebody please tell me what else i can check! Is this scan tool correct for egging codes from a diesel van? All I was trying to do was change the fuel filter. I have not checked injectors. Do you think the injectors are plugged? Why would it start and then die? Any suggestions?
This is the nicest vehicle I have ever owned. It's an Explorer extended conversion van with six huge captains chairs and a motorized bench bed. My wife has been trying to talk me into selling one of the vans to get her a little commuter car, and this is not helping me convince her otherwise!
Blue Rivet Rob
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