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Old 01-18-2014, 05:51 PM
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7.3 Will not start.

My '01 F350 7.3 will not start. I know this is a problem a lot of people have encountered because I just Googled it and found a lot of threads on the matter but unfortunately I know nothing about diesel engines. I know 4 cylinder Toyota motors.

Here's what happened. Yesterday morning I started the truck and since I was running a little late I didn't let it warm up long. . . I drove off and a few yards down the street it started running funny and shaking. I pulled over and let it warm up a few minutes and it was fine. The rest of the day it was fine and I parked it in the afternoon for about three hours and when I started it up and drove off it did the same thing. I pulled over and let it warm up again and it was fine again. Drove it about 45 miles and got home and parked it but I was really low on diesel. This morning I got in it and started it and as I was waiting for it to warm up, it started iddling weird and died. I tried starting it again and it would just turn over and not start. . . Thinking maybe it was just out of diesel, I went and got $20 worth of diesel and put it in the tank and tried starting it again and it just does the same thing. Turns over but will not start. . . Any help or advise on what I should do or look for would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-18-2014, 06:02 PM
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20$ is not a volume. How many GALLONS of diesel.
You need to fill it to at LEAST 1/4 tank. You might be sucking up air due to a cracked fuel pickup tube/foot.
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Go under the hood. Remove the fuel filter lid and have someone turn the key on. Make sure your fuel pump is working. Start with that. It may not pump fuel immediately. Cycle the key a few times you'll hear the pump. Good luck


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Bah sorry didnt see it was an obs. Remove fuel filter cap and fill the filter bowl then go from there


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Old 01-18-2014, 06:08 PM
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It's a little over 5 gallons. Think that may be it?. What's weird is that it idled funny twice yesterday but worked fine after I pulled over and let it warm up.
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Old 01-18-2014, 06:09 PM
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Okay, thank you Ricemiester

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OBS? You said it was a 2001 right? That's not OBS.

5gals is no where near enough. Get it to half tank or more, THEN try seeing if the fuel bowl fills.
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Old 01-18-2014, 06:22 PM
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Wow sorry. Wierdo. Anyway ya 5 gal may not do it. Also if/when you get it running again NEVER do that again you'll eat up injectors.


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Old 01-18-2014, 06:34 PM
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Thank you very much for the information so far guys.
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