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post #11 of 18 Old 10-25-2018, 05:16 PM
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@djmaguire vref problem?
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Is this an unusual amount of codes for an 03?
Yes. In fact, it's an unusual amount of codes for a satellite burning up on re-entry.

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@djmaguire vref problem?
I would say yes. ...and maybe not just that.

Some of those cides could be traced to Vref. I don't think that the comm/trans codes would be. For that, I'd be looking at connectors and harnesses.

Here is more on Vref:

https://www.powerstroke.org/forum/ge...ef-torque.html

Here is a link to a thread on chafing:

https://www.powerstroke.org/forum/6-...s-chafing.html

Someone who had some of those U-codes had a dealership trace it to a short near the driver's side lift bracket. Here is that thread:

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/8...ode-u1262.html

Here is a link to wiring diagrams:

https://www.powerstroke.org/forum/ge...gram-pdfs.html

...and here is a link to the PCED:

https://www.powerstroke.org/forum/ge...al-2004-a.html

Section 4 has the DTC list that directs you to the tests in section 5.

I would start with Vref and possible connection/wire damage. Then use the PCED to address anything that remains.
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That's some knowledge right there!

I'm starting to wonder if I have the stomach for owning a diesel lol. Guy told me if I wasn't prepared to drop 2k at any moment I might want to think twice. I know most of the things are correctable with time, but that is the one thing I don't have a lot of.

Thanks for the input guys, I'll have to make a decision if I'm ready to take on another project.
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Honestly, if he's running that tune on bolts, who knows what could happen. My HG's blew on my '07 on a 40hp tow tune. There's a possibility of it lasting you 50k miles with no issues, or 50 miles.

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If you decide to take a chance on it, then (IMO), resolve the low battery code first (or you could tell them you aren't interested until good batteries and a good alternator are in it.

Then clear codes and see what comes back.
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If you decide to take a chance on it, then (IMO), resolve the low battery code first (or you could tell them you aren't interested until good batteries and a good alternator are in it.

Then clear codes and see what comes back.
I told the seller I wouldn't buy it unless all the codes were addressed. He said he would take care of it so we'll see.
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I would run, not walk away!! Too many unknowns to risk for 2K below the average price. I would consider '05-'07 with 200K miles or less for consideration.
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I would run, not walk away!! Too many unknowns to risk for 2K below the average price. I would consider '05-'07 with 200K miles or less for consideration.
I haven't heard back from him, but it would have been a considerable expense to get all those codes straightened out.

Thanks for the advice and insight everyone. I originally wanted a 7.3, but this 6.0 fell into my price point and had the right mods. But obviously it had its problems also. Looking at a 7.3 now, might get a good deal on it.
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