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Old 03-06-2014, 04:51 AM
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Low on oil

I have a 2002 f350 w/ 7.3. The truck has been a beast and in 100,000+ miles has had literally no problems... which is quite remarkable given my aging fathers level of maintenance!

I jumped in 2 days ago and started it up normally and went two country blocks before it shut off and died completely. I towed home to assess and found low oil (not even registering on dipstick) so I changed all filters, oil etc. The oil pan had a great deal of oil still over 2 gallons) I cranked and was able to started it up but definitely a hard start. It is running rough with very little power. I am considering that low oil pressure (d/t the low engine oil levels) may have damaged or fouled an injector? What else can I check. What are your first thoughts on this scenario? Thanks ahead guys.

Noah
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:00 PM
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First thoughts. Low oil level leads to aeration of the oil. Since the injectors are oil driven, aerated oil will not allow them to work properly.

2 gallons of oil in the pan is only half full. There is a reason these trucks take so much oil. It is literally the lifeblood of a 7.3.

Drive it a bit. Its going to take some miles to work the air out of the HPO system.
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Old 03-08-2014, 04:51 PM
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Spot on. Thanks! Runs great. Still a bit longer start, but maybe that will work itself out too.
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