Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Austin, TX
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Stuck in Raleigh
I'm driving from Philadelphia to Austin, TX. I stopped in Raleigh to pick up a car on my trailer. On the way here, I was using a lot of oil. I had to put in about 4-5 qts at the end of a 350 mile run. I didn't realize it was that low and I had good oil pressure.
It had a less severe leak in the past. I used the Engine Restore product then just because it had 225k on it. I didn't use it to cure the leak but it happened to stop it until this long run. About 2 mos ago I made a run from Philadelphia to Detroit and back, around 1200 miles with almost no oil consumption.
So when I got to Raleigh I pourted in a can of the restore again hoping to at least slow the oil usage until I got to TX. In about 4-5 miles the truck quit running. When I first fired it up it was behaving badly with less power and when I put it in 5th gear, it wouldn't accelerate at all. Dropping back down a gear it would run normally.
After the offramp it quit totally. It wasn't a gradual sputtering, it shut off like I turned the key. I tried several times to restart and it didn't even try to fire.
I'm getting about 100-200 rpm on the tach when I try to start it so I guessed it isn't the cam sensor. I have fuel pressure from the tank. I changed out the front fuel filter. I changed the oil to drain out all the goop thinking it might have f'ed up the HPOP. Still nothing. Checked all the electrical things like fuses and sensor wires.
So I'm stuck here in Raleigh with a dead truck and no ideas. Can anyone offer any advice or just a good mechanic in the North Raleigh, NC area I can take it to? I really need to get back on the road. Though I prefer to do my own work, I'm not ashamed to hand it over to an expert to get me back running.
Thanks for any help, advice or encouragement.