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2000 7.3, reading the Computer ???
I had an issue a few months back - that I had resolved to the tune of $900. I need information so I don't get caught in this situation again.
My check engine light would come on intermittently, power would suffer, and it sounded like it was missing. After it kept getting worse, I took it to the local AutoZone (and others) to have the Codes pulled. Even with the light on, they could not pull any engine codes - this upset me.
I finally gave up and took it to the Ford Dealership. They pulled the codes for $100, then told me that the Valve Cover Gasket / Wiring was getting old and cracked, thus shorting - giving me this problem. I thought I could fix that - when the Service Manager said he recommended that I fix it immediately - since this problem could destroy the $1500 injection computer (can't remember the exact name of the computer here - so humor me). I gave in, and watched them do the 8 hour job in 1.5 hours, and of course charge me for 8 hours. Moral to the story - get more info from Forums before going to the dealer.....
So, here I am, a little late. Here is my question: How do I read the codes? Since my truck has over 200K, should I expect the other Valve Cover Gasket to fail soon? Are there any special considerations to changing the gaskets?
And a By the Way - I disconnected my Backpressure Valve sensor, effectively disabling it, with no Check Engine Light. I ran it like this all last winter with no issues. Should the Check Engine Light come on?
Thanks ahead of time.
2000 Ford F250 2wd, 6spd, 7.3 TD
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Do you think I have the diesel bug???