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No Start troubles, confused, need help, 97 psd
Last week I was driving a mile from home, and the engine (97 7.3 PSD 130k miles) just quit. There was no hint of restarting, I got a tow home, visited the forum. Determined it was probably the Cam sensor. replaced that, and there was no change. Good batteries, good cranking.
I found fuse 22 blown! I replace that, and was instantly back on the road.
I spoke with a Ford Service mgr, and he said that it could be the fuel heater. I told him I often head to the boonies, and he said you do not need that heater til it gets real cold. He said that if it happens again, just disconnect the wire from the heater at the bottom of the filter. This will fool the computer.
SO yesterday, I was camping in the boonies of AK, and started and drove 1/4 mile, and she died! I quickly checked fuse 22, and it was blown!
I put in my only spare, and it blew instantly. I tried pulling wires off here and there and no change.
Very mad, I got a ride 80 miles and then back to get more fuses (totally ruined my day of ice climbing). Again fuse 22 blew instantly.
I started fiddling with the wires. Finally she roared to life with a new fuse in, and the upper wire of the 3 on the drivers side of the fuel filter unattached.
WHAT HAVE I DONE ?? WHAT DO I DO NEXT ??
This wire which I removed attaches to an appendage from the top left of the filter housing (3 different fuel lines leave from this appendage). From the owners manual, it seems like this might be the fuel restriction sensor, not the fuel heater??
Did I fool the computer, or did I just get lucky??
Since the engine ran, I drove 200 miles home just fine, but am wondering what to do next??
And what are the 3 different wires attached to the fuel filter? They are almost one right above another.
ANy ideas on what I need to do to fix the problem?