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post #1 of 3 Old 05-23-2012, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hard Start, Batteries drained trying... Help!

Was pulling ICP code, replaced ICP Sensor and pigtail... Hooray! No more codes...

Now there is a hard start condition, like there is no fuel...

If I pull the sensor on top of the tube between the air cleaner and turbo, and sparingly shoot in a little starting fluid, I can get it to start... This fix usually lasts for up to 10 starts, but then, same thing all over again...

Anybody else have this problem? Or better yet, know what is really wrong???


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First off, and I know you said sparingly, but be careful with the starting fluid. You can inadvertantly do major damage without trying too hard. I generally use carb cleaner or Brakleen, still flammable, not quite as volatile. And still just a little, ether was made for old school Detroit diesels and Catapillars that didn't have glow plugs and turned over slow in cold environments. You can blow the tips off your glow plugs and screw up your cylinders real easy.
Charge up your batteries thoroughly, dis-connected, go read my post titled A Word of Caution for some pointers. Scroll down, you'll find it. If you didn't have the starting problem before you changed the ICP sensor, swap it out for the old one, try again and see if that changes it. It's always possible to have gotten a faulty part. If no change, closely ck the connections in the wiring you swapped, make sure everything is good and clean and secure. Gently unplug and re-install the other sensor connectors, it's possible that you accidentally loosened or bumped one and interrupted the connection. Focus on what you changed with this in mind "Did it do this before I changed that?" Don't go off on bunny trails or freak out just yet.
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My first hought is to agree with PorkChop6209. I've seen a lot of faulty parts from Ford. One other thing that you might try is to, try turning your ignition to the on position for about 10-15 seconds, do this about 6 times and then try to start it. By doing so, you pressurize your fuel system before starting it. It's totally unrelated but you may have a fuel system leak causing it to need to be primed after it sits for a while.
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