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Old 03-31-2014, 04:48 PM
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New Truck Left Me Stranded



Picked up a 2000 F250 4x4 w/ 7.3, auto, and 110k this weekend. Had a 500 mile drive ahead of me and 200 into the drive it started losing power and shuddering. I pulled over and shut it down a couple times and it would run decent for about 1 minute after that, but the loss of power and shuddering was getting worse. Found a good spot to pull over and barely made it before the truck died. Fuel pump runs when you turn on the key.

Got a tow to the nearest town with a diesel mechanic which happened to be a Ford stealership. Spent the night in a hotel and replaced the fuel filter in the morning, which they charged $50 for and it still wouldn't start, just spit white smoke. They took 2-1/2 hours to trouble shoot a leaking fuel filter cap (which wasn't leaking) and a glow plug relay. $425. After the glow plug relay it started up but still ran like a sack of dog crap. The mechanic said he tested the #1 injector to be bad. They didn't have an injector in stock so had to order one in. $379 for the injector alone. I found some OEM ones online for $150. Total damage comes to $1200 and change.

I know I'm getting screwed, but by how much do you think? Anything to look out for or have them look for if the injector doesn't fix it?

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look for a new shop.
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:56 PM
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I wish I could. Kind of over a barrel here. 300 miles to get home and they're the only game around.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:12 PM
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I would ask them what codes they pulled, what the IPR duty cycle is, what pressure they're seeing both hpo and fuel, and how they diagnosed the bad injector. Did it fail buzz test, or cylinder contribution test.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:19 PM
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thank you ianstew. all very good questions for me to ask. is there a ford factory service manual for troubleshooting these things?
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These trucks will run surprisingly well with only 7 injectors. So you have something other than 1 injector down. I bet UVCH, passenger side since he's failing #1
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:30 PM
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This is also why you should buy an autoenginuity and work on the truck yourself. Pays for itself the first time you have a problem.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:16 PM
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already on the list of things to buy.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:46 PM
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Very good plan lol
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Old 04-01-2014, 05:49 AM
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Hell, mine got me home running on one bank when I fried a harness lol.

I've seen injectors replaced more than once for broken clips.......
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