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Update - got it started, Thanks!!: Need help in Detroit area
Hi, I'm new to the forum and hope someone can help me out.
I was driving from the UP of MI to the Detroit area Wednesday and while cruising down the freeway at 70, the van all of a sudden started feeling like it was running out of fuel. The light had just come on, and normally I have 5 gallons left. I managed to get off the highway and made it about 1/2 mile down a surface road before it cut out completely. It went from running full on one minute and just faded away in a matter of a mile or so. Thought I was out of fuel, so I put a couple gallons in and it would not re-start. Fired a little, some white smoke, but no re-start. Had it towed to my parents (thankfully we were within about 20 miles at this point) and started searching for clues. The van had the CMP recall done about 5K ago, but it sure sounded like that was the problem, so I picked up two new ones today from the International dealer. Put the first in and it would not start. Seemed to fire eradically, so I swapped in the second new one just in case I had a bad new part. Still no start, but it seems to try to fire now, but not catch. Added some more fuel with 911 treatment in case of gelling in the tank, and plugged in the block heater for a few hours. Checked all the fuses under the hood, and the important ones under the dash. Still will not start. Does not seem to be much smoke coming out of the pipe. The oil pressure gauge shows good pressure while cranking. Changer up the batteries while I was working and they are at 12.8+ volts.
So, any ideas?? I'm strapped for time and need to get this fixed so I can go home on Sunday for work!! Should probably add, it's a 2003 E-350 with a 7.3L.
One of the other members suggested finding someone who can hook up a scanner. If you're in the area (st. Clair Shores) and willing to come try, I will be happy to work some sort of deal with you.
Last edited by big-air-b; 12-25-2009 at 12:00 PM.
Reason: Got it started