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Old 06-26-2010, 10:09 AM
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Hello all,
Being new to diesels I would like to know what some of the most common problems that people have with diesels are. Since all my experience is with gasoline engines, I would like to know what to check if my truck were to die out of the blue. Let's say my '95 F-250 PSD dies on me, I check that I have fuel and it still cranks over but just doesn't start. What would you check next?

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7.3's r notorious for the cam position sensor going out. if it jus up and died then thats the 1st thing id check. a good idea to always keep a spare in the truck.
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Okay, thanks DD how much do those cost? and is there a way bypass/hotwire it in an emergency situation? (middle of the desert)

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they're like 30 bucks. anywhere. keep one in your glove box!
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Okay, thanks DD how much do those cost? and is there a way bypass/hotwire it in an emergency situation? (middle of the desert)

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lol, no the CPS for these motors is like a distributor in a gas motor. if it doesnt work the motor doesnt run.. the CPS is wat tells the computer when to fire the injectors for each cylinder.
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also the icp has been known to make em quit.when faulty of course.the heater element in the fuel bowl grounds out, sometimes the wire comes in contact with the bowl.your fuel sucking air,trash in the pickup foot.(in the tanks..but first thing to look at would be the cps sensor
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