E350 ran out of fuel, started, stalled, won't start again. - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
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post #1 of 5 Old 09-20-2019, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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So yesterday I was taking my bus to a friend's place out in the country as I left town I noticed I had ⅛ of a tank left of fuel, felt I could make it there and back, well halfway back she stalled out. Still a bit above the empty line, figured "eh, The gauge must be off, My bad." called up my friend told him the situation he brought me some diesel(in a gas Jerry Can, not sure if the residual gasoline could have contaminated the diesel and caused damage). After a lot of cranking she did start, she was idling lower(~590) than normal(~660) then would rev up(~710) by herself then back down. When in park or neutral I could rev her up normally, but in drive when I tried to go, she'd just stall.

Well we pulled her home with a tow strap I was told to check the oil because they "will not start or stay running if the engine oil is low because it uses oil pressure to operate the fuel injectors" despite a slow leak the oil level is where its supposed to be.

I tried to start her today for the most part she just cranks, AIC read ~150RPMs, but then she sounded like she was about to start, AIC read ~350RPMs but no matter how long I'd let her crank she wouldn't fully start.
Here's the video I took yesterday trying to get it to start. https://drive.google.com/file/d/112-...w?usp=drivesdk

A bit of background,
I took her to the shop after I bought her, I was told she needed glow plugs and a new glow plug relay(or glow plug controller). After sitting all winter, this past spring I tried to start her up, fuel gauge was at about where it was yesterday and after using a heat gun in the intake I got her started up, about 10 minutes afterwards she stalled just like she did yesterday, feeling defeated after that(thought something more serious was wrong) I left it for a few weeks tried again in warmer weather and put more fuel in, again after a lot of cranking she started up, drove and started no problem after that.

Any ideas on where to start diagnosing here?

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Added more fuel + fuel conditioner, she runs and drives now. So I guess my fuel gauge is off, at the least.
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May want to look into the batteries too. If they are not strong enough the engine wont turn over fast enough for the crank sensor to register and it wont start. Also google the fuel tank mods for a 7.3l. If it starts to stall around 1/4 tank the fuel tank pick up foot broke off and or the intake pre screens are clogging.

Glad you got it figured out at least.
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My 99 F350 fuel gauge stopped working. It would show full all the time. When it would get down to where I was sure it was around 1/4 of a tank, I would run our of fuel. After dropping the tank, I found that the pickup foot had broken off AND the float for the fuel gauge was bad. Replaced them both, cleaned the tank since it was already out and everything runs fine now.
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I had a similar problem had me down for 2 days in Oklahoma. Ended up a heavy machinery diesel guy from the RV park told me to crack open the fuel filter cover just barely, turned the key to on and heard the air escape the fuel bowl and I tightened it back down. Started every time after that. Good luck
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