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Old 06-12-2014, 05:38 PM
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2001 7.3 F250 - Dies, will restart after wait

My 2001 7.3 has developed a habit where it just randomly dies... Generally it will restart pretty quickly, and may run for quite a while with no problems.... the problem is getting worse though.... Lately when it dies, you will have to wait 4 or 5 minutes.... sometimes longer... then when it starts, all seems ok again.
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:40 PM
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sounds like the CPS is going out on ya
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:43 PM
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I have had the CPS go out before... and my symptoms were much different (would die, then restart but only run for a short time)..... When it dies now, it will usually restart fairly quickly... but may run for days.... or at least an hour or two ....

- Not saying it is not.... and frankly that would be an easy fix if that is what it is..... Just thought the symptoms were a little different...
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:07 PM
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A CPS can have several symptoms. Sometimes it'll die and restart, sometimes it'll die and be dead period. I always tell people it cant hurt to throw a CPS in it. 23 bucks from ford. If it fixes the problem, great, if not than its always good to have a spare in the glove box.

Any codes? does it sputter at all or just act like the key was turned off? When it wont start, do the rpms show on the tach when cranking it over?

I would bet it is a CPS but could also be IPR/ICP or UVCH related
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:59 PM
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Thanks for the replies..... sounds like I should definitely give the CPS a try... Interesting... it was a few years ago when my first CPS went bad.... and the info I found then (on here) was that the Ford CPS was about $200 ... but I could go to the International dealer and get the same part for $99

..... from the comment above, sounds like the price has gone way down .... A quick search and I found several... with a variance on price..... I don't have a local Ford place real close... and have more general auto parts houses close by... with that being said, is there any particular brand part that is better (or specifically to avoid) because of reliability ?
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:04 PM
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Oh, and to answer the questions.... I haven't been able to check the codes.... but the tach does NOT show RPM when it dies... or when cranking....

What I mean by when it dies..... if I am going down the road and the truck dies while in gear (will usually restart within a couple of seconds on its own)..... but when it dies... the tach goes to nothing (even though the motor is still rotating, and the key still on)....
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Old 06-14-2014, 12:03 AM
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i think on the '01 the tach should be moving. '02-'03 the tack doesn't move under normal conditions until it's running. if you can get a cheap aftermarket brand, give it a try. if it's ok after that, order a international cps to keep as a spare.
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:56 AM
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Some '01's Do ~ some Don't....

Here's how you can tell if it should or not. There was a major electrical upgrade during the '01MY and those that got that upgrade (which includes a Trans Temp Gauge in the cluster and a Digital OD) are the same as the '02s & 3's
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^^ Good to know. OP, yeah price on those have come down significantly, i bought one a few months back from ford for 23 and some change. i was very pleasantly surprised. I would avoid any that arent from international or ford unless it is to just get you out of a bind
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:55 AM
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I just picked up a CPS for my '02 for $24 from a Ford Dealer.
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