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post #1 of 22 Old 07-03-2009, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Stroker Died tonite! Barely got it home

So, this may be a little vague, so please ask questions as needed, but here goes.... BTW, The truck is an 01' F-250 7.3L crewcab

I drove the truck for a short trip (about 5 miles) and the truck was running great, we stopped at a friend's house for about 5-10 minutes, if that, left the truck running and then we left out of the driveway, and once we pulled onto the main road the truck starting running REAL rough. I limped it home for the remaining 1 mile to our house. The truck remained very sluggish the whole way. I haven't gone back outside to try and start the truck again (been about 30 minutes now since I just barely got it back into the driveway.

The truck had a mild but noticeable miss and we just recently replaced the IPR valve. The truck then ran great again and just now, after about 5 miles or so after picking the truck up from the shop, it started running horribly. We have just under a quarter tank of fuel left in the tank FWIW.

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Okay, Just started the truck and it runs good again. Low fuel light just cut on. It had nearly a quarter tank when it starting running like it was on 2 cylinders and losing power. Now the low fuel light is on and the needle is almost right on the last line. Could this be a faulty fuel gauge maybe?
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Also, I noticed that once the wait to start light went out, that the fuel pump (if the fuel pump was what I was actually hearing) was making a noise that pitched up and down, then was steady for a moment, then pitched up and down again before I actually started the engine. Thanks
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do you have a scanner to pull codes?

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I don't. Any recommendations on a good affordable scanner? Also, I've been looking into a TW Chip. Would this have scanner capability?
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so did you put fuel in it to see if it runs better?. and no the TW cant scan for codes. edge, bullydog and sct programmers can though.

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When was the last time you changed your fuel filters and drained the water separator? Autozone or Advance will pull the codes for free till you get yours. I woul fill it with fresh fuel and add a fuel conditioner such as Stanadyne. Hope it levels out for you!

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Did not put any fresh fuel in it yet.

New fuel filter was added in with a fresh oil change while it was in the shop getting the IPR valve replaced.

Can you help me more with the water seperator? Gimme a quick breakdown on that, where it is, etc? And what are other good conditioners if I can't find the Stanadyne in the local autozone/advance?

Thanks for all the replies.....
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Before you put fuel in I would pull the bed up and remove the sending unit on the left side. Check it for clogs. Its a simple job and is worth the effort. Especially if you already have the tank drained. THEN fill it up and check it. Your water seperator is your Fuel Filter. Has a drain on the back of it. And for an additive. Pour a quart of Power Service in.
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