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post #1 of 3 Old 01-06-2007, 07:58 PM Thread Starter Rookie
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New guy here and my '97 350 won't start

Before I continue with the post I just want to say how helpful and informative all the knowledge floating around this site has been to me already in the short time since I discovered it.

Now here's my problem. I just bought the truck 3 weeks ago, it was traded in at the dealership I work at so I don't really know any history on the truck. I took it on a few test drives before I bought it and it seemed to run well for an almost ten year old truck with 221,000 miles. When I drove it home after buying it the fuel filter light came on while I was on the way home. I replaced the filter the next day (with an aftermarket filter because it already had an aftermarket). After replacing the filter, the fuel filter light would still come on intermittently. I didn't drive it for five or so days and drove it work one morning. After letting it warm up and getting about five miles from home I started getting power loss and it eventually died. It restarted after about five minutes and after a few attempts at restarting. It ran on in fine and made it most of the way home fine when I experienced a power loss after about 15 miles of running, but it didn't shut off. I only drove it a few miles last weekend with no problems. Today I decided that I was going to change the oil and filter and drain the water/fuel separator and see if it helped the problem. After doing both, I get out of the driveway and about a half mile through the neighborhood and it shuts down and I can't get it to restart. The batteries actually drained while I was trying to restart, so I have those on the charger tonight. While I was attempting to start I would get the Water in Fuel, Battery, and Fuel Filter lights coming on the dash. I don't believe the check engine light ever came on, my dad has a code reader so I'm going to see if I can get any codes to pull in the morning. And the worst part of it all? My dad towed me back to the house with a Honda Ridgeline, I guess I'll think again before making fun of it for not being a real truck. I'm also just a bodyman by trade, so I could be easily overlooking any obvious problems.
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97 350 won't start

i had the same thing happen to me after i changed filter an fuel pump. take a look at the fuel heater under the fuel filter {in the filter housing } if it is lose from it's base it will short out an shut the ecm down. save your self some money an go to international an get it { part # 1831196c92} will cost about have of fords price.also look to see if you have a blown fuse in the power box under the hood on drivers side in finder { #8maxi #22maxi } hope this helps you let us know

97 f350 4x4 srw/cc/long bed it's a mile long 7.3psd 300,000 plus miles 91 exploader 4x4 4dr 4.0 200,000 miles in need of a good body 86 f 350 drw ext cab 7.3 with banks turbo kit unknow miles odom, died at 475,000 83 f250 ext cab 4x4 300 6cyl 4spd can not kill it unkow miles has it 4th trances plant in it box of 79 tk 4x4, box of 69tk 4x4 in need of one more!!!!!!!
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I've been unable to get any codes to read so far. Also, should the fuel be draining out of where the fuel filter is housed when I hit the water/fuel separator switch?
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