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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
When I say “new guy”, I mean new to owning a diesel and new to this forum.

I’ve driven diesel ambulances for many years but haven’t been responsible or in the loop of maintenance and repair.

I’m struggling with all of the abbreviations and nick names that y’all use. Some of them I’ve been able to figure out but many elude me.

I would never call myself a mechanic but I can change parts, I enjoy turning wrenches, and usually will attempt to do my own work when practical.

My “new” diesel is a 2000 f250 w/7.3
CrewCab 4x4. 182k
I spent 2-3 months casually looking, and 3-4 weeks actively looking for a truck to purchase.
I feel like I got a good one.

This community is a wealth of information, and I’ll be leaning heavily on y’alls knowledge. I joined as premium life membership. Hope to get another 200k out of this truck.

If someone, is willing to make a list of all the common abbreviations it would really help me out, I’d wager that I’m not the only newbie that would benefit.

Y’all could make a game out of it, see who can come up with an abbreviation that nobody thought of.

Anyway, this may sound like a joke, it’s not, please pardon my ignorance.

Thanks in advance.

The picture above was the day I picked up the Truck.

I purchased the truck about 80 miles from where I live. I had nobody at the time to help me. So I pulled the trailer empty with the Jeep, then pulled that Jeep home.
Pulling the Jeep to the off-road areas is my main reason for buying this truck. Thought it only fitting that it saw a little “duty” on the first day.

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Discussion Starter #2
Even if it takes several post to make a complete list, I’ll compile a single list out of them.

Maybe I could talk the Mods into making the final draft into a “sticky”?

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Welcome to the Org

looks like this thread is off to a slow start

but that sometimes happens so don't take it personally

if we get a list i can make it a sticky

It’s only been a few minutes, it’s a normal work day for most folks.

I’m a member of several forums, and up until recently was a Mod on a very popular NFL board.
I don’t take anything “personal” that originates on the internet.

I’ve read enough here, I know that this is a good group. The community “feeling” is strong, the reason I joined here actually.

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These are some abbreviations that took me a while to learn.
RCLB: Regular cab Long Bed
CCLB: Crew Cab Long Bed
EXT CAB: Extended Cab (small rear doors, long or short bed)
Chassis Cab: a truck not up fitted with a bed, just bare frame rails.
DRW: Dual Rear Wheel
SRW: Single Rear Wheel

CAC: Charge Air Cooler (Intercooler)
IPR: Injector Pressure Regulator
ICP: Injector Control Pressure
VGT: Variable Geometry Turbo ( 6.0L trucks )
3.73, 4.10, 4.30, - Common Ford truck rear end ratios.
HEUI: Hydraulic Electronic Unit Injector
HPOP: High Pressure Oil Pump
STC: Snap to Connect fitting
SCT: A tuner device a lot of people run
Chip: a module you can plug into your pcm on the 7.3 trucks for mO pOwA
Stick: injector
Banjos: hollowed out bolts that allow fuel to pass into the built in cylinder head fuel rail.
4"/5": Exhaust pipe size.

That's what I have right now.

It is What IT is
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CAI - Cold Air Intake
Tard - self explanatory
T6 as in Rotella T6 5W-40 synthetic oil (what a lot of us use in our trucks)
Blue Spring - Updated fuel bowl spring that increase pressure for injectors (must do)

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pretty sure blue spring mod only applies to the 6.0 :dunno:
gpcm - glow plug control module
honestly cant think of any others right at the moment but it is stupid oclock and i gotta get back to sleep.
seems like there was a list of abbreviations in the 6.0 stickies a couple years back but :tard:
anyways welcome to the org
:ORG welcome:
there's a lot of good people here
i have never wrenched on a 7.3 so i can only be limited help but there are a lot of guys who know the 7.3 inside and out here if you need help, just ask somebody will chime in

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2x4 Two Wheel Drive
4r100 Automatic Transmission 4 Super Duty Trucks with a 7.3
4x2 Two Wheel Drive
4x4 Four Wheel Drive
4X4L Four by Four Low
ABS Antilock Braking System
AC Air Conditioning
ACC Accessory Position of ignition key
ACC Air Conditioning Clutch
AIC Auxiliary Idle Control (see APCM)
AP Accelerator Pedal position sensor Load/demand input; PCM uses this to determine mass fuel desired, adjusts fuel delivery through IPR duty cycle and fuel pulse width and injection timing; 5 volts in, 0.5-0.7 volts at idle, 4.5 volts at WOT. PID: AP
APCM Auxiliary Powertrain Control Module(FORD's name for AIC)
API American Petroleum Institute
APP is acelerater pedal position
APS Accelerator Position Sensor
ATF Automatic Transmission Fluid
BARO: Barometric pressure sensor Strategy input; PCM uses this to adjust fuel quantity and injection timing for optimum running and minimum smoke, also glow plug on time to aid starting at higher altitudes; 5 volts in, @4.6 volts/14.7 psi at sea level, decreasing as altitude increases. PID: BARO (pressure)
BOO Brake On/Off
CAC is Charge air cooler. A CAC tube is either tube that runs from the intercooler to the motor (see IC also)
CC Crew Cab (4 door)
CCV: CrankCase Vent
CDR Crankcase Depression Regulator
CLV Calculated Load Valve
CMP or CPS (cmp is the dealer term, cps is the forum term for some reason) is Camshaft position sensor
CMP: CaMshaft Position sensor Strategy and load input; PCM uses this to monitor engine speed to determine engine state and load, and cylinder position in order to control timing and fuel delivery; Hall Effect sensor which generates a digital voltage signal; high, 12 volts, low, 1.5 volts. PID: RPM
CPS Cam Positioning Sensor
Degas bottle is the coolant bottle on a 7.3 or 6.0 where the radiator cap is on the bottle and not the radiator
DI Direct Injection
DLC Data Link Connector(OBD connection)
DMM Digital Multi-Meter
DRL Daytime Running Lights
DRW Dual Rear Wheels, dually, Dooley
DTC Diagnostic Trouble Code(usually P-xxx/xxxx)
DVOM/DVM Digital Volt-Ohm Meter/Digital Volt Meter
E4OD auto tranny on pre-'99 Ford heavy pickups
EB Exhaust Brake
EBP: Exhaust BackPressure sensor Feedback input; PCM uses this to monitor and control EPR operation; 5.0 volts in, 0.8-1.0 volts/14.7 psi KOEO or at idle, increases with engine RPM/load, decreases as altitude increases. PID: EBP (pressure), EBP V (volts)
EBPR/EPR Exhaust Back Pressure regulator
EBPS exhaust back pressure sensor
EBV/EBPV Exhaust Backpressure Valve
ECM - Engine Control Module
ECT Engine Coolant Temperature
EEC(M) Electronic Engine Control (Module)
EGR is exhaust gas recirculation (6.0 and 6.4 only). It consists of a valve, and cooler(s)
EGT is Exhaust Gas Temperature (never a factory sensor)
EOP Engine Oil Pressure
EOT: Engine Oil Temperature sensor Strategy input; PCM uses this for determining glow plug on time, EPR actuation, idle speed, fuel delivery and injection timing and adjusts as temperature increases; 5.0 volts in, 4.37 [email protected]°F, [email protected]°F, [email protected]°F. PID: EOT (degrees)
EPR: Exhaust backPressure Regulator, also EBP regulator Output; For quicker engine warm-up at cold temperatures. If the IAT is below 37°F (50°F some models) and the EOT is below 140°F (168° some models) the PCM sends a duty cycle signal to a solenoid which controls oil flow from the turbo pedestal. This causes a servo to close a valve at the turbo exhaust outlet. The PCM monitors the EBP input to determine if the EPR needs to be disabled to provide power for increased load, then reapplys the EPR as load demand decreases until EOT or IAT rises. PID: EPR (duty cycle), EBP (pressure)
ESOF Electronic Shift On-The Fly
ESP Extended Service Plan
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
FICM Fuel Injector Control Module (6.0 term for IDM)
FIPW Fuel Injection Pulse Width
FPR Fuel Pressure Regulator
FRX Fuel crossover to end the dead-head fuel rails
GAWR Gross Axle Weight Rating
GCWR Gross Carrier (Combined) Weight Rating
GEM Generic Electronic Module
GM General Motors
GP Glow Plug
GPC: Glow Plug Control Output; The PCM energizes the glow plug relay for 10 to 120 seconds depending on EOT and BARO. PID: GPC (time)
GPL: Glow Plug Light Output; The PCM controls the "Wait to start" light independently from the GPC output; 1 to 10 seconds depending on EOT and BARO. PID: GPL.
GPM: Glow Plug Monitor Feedback input; On 1997 and newer California emission vehicles, the PCM monitors glow plug relay output voltage to determine if any glow plugs are burned out or if the relay is functioning. PID: GPML (left bank current), GPMR (right bank current), GPMC (relay output)
GPR Glow Plug Relay
GVW Gross Vehicle Weight
GVWR Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
GW Gross Weight
HEUI Hydraulic-actuated Electronically-controlled Unit Injector
HPOP High Pressure Oil Pump
HPX or H/X - High Pressure oil crossover mod that connects the two HP oil rails together
IAH is intake air heater
IAT Intake Air Temperature sensor Strategy input; The PCM uses this for EPR control. 5 volts in, [email protected]°F, [email protected]°F, [email protected]°F. PID: IAT (degrees)
IC InterCooler for the Turbocharger
ICP Injection Control Pressure sensor Feedback input; The PCM monitors the high pressure oil system to determine if it needs to be increased if load demand increases. It also uses this to stabilize idle speed. volts in, [email protected], [email protected] PID: ICP (pressure), ICP V (voltage)
IPR Injection Control Pressure Regulator k
IDI In Direct Injection
IDM is Injector driver module (7.3)
IDS Ford Integrated Diagnostic System, replaces the WDS
IPR is the Injector Pressure Regulator (high pressure oil regulator)
IVD Initialization Sequence = ???
IVS Idle Validation Switch Strategy input; On-off switch that the PCM uses to identify required operating mode; idle or power. 0 volts at idle, 12 volts off idle. PID: IVS (off/on)
KOEO Key On Engine Off
KOER Key On Engine Running
LB Long Bed
LOF is Lube, Oil, Filter
LPOP Low Pressure Oil Pump
LS Limited Slip
LWB Long Wheel Base
MAF Mass Air Flow Sensor
MAP sensor is manifold absolute pressure sensor, how the PCM knows boost levels. It is Boost+atmospheric pressure
MAT Manifold Air Temperature sensor Strategy input; The PCM uses this signal to adjust fuel and timing. 99 model/year engines. PID: MAT
MGP is manifold gauge pressure, or true boost (MAP-atmospheric pressure)
MIL: Malfuction Indicator Lamp "Check Engine" or "Service Engine" light that the PCM illuminates when certain system faults are present.
MY Model Year
NGS New Generation Star (Ford vehicle diagnostic scan tool)
OASIS On-line Automotive Service Information System
OBD On Board Diagnostics
OBS Old Body Style
OD or O/D is overdrive
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OP Original Poster
OTC Overhead Trip Computer
P/S is powersteering
PATS Passive Anti-Theft System
PBA Parking Brake Applied
PCED Powertrain Control/Emissions Diagnosis service manual
PCM: Powertrain Control Module, also ECU or ECM for Electronic Control Unit or module The computer which monitors sensor inputs and calculates the necessary output signals to the engine control systems. It also checks for readings outside of normal parameters a records trouble codes for these faults.
PCV Positive Crankcase Ventilation
PDL Power Door Locks
PID: Parameter IDentification, also Data Stream or Sensor Data Sensor readings displayed to a scan tool that represent sensor readings to- and ouput signals from the PCM.
PM Power mirrors
PO Previous Owner
PPIII "Portable Programmer" - device similar to the SCMT made by HyperTech
PS Power Steering / Power Stroke
PSD Power Stroke Diesel
PTO Power Take Off
PTTTM Power Telescoping Trailer Tow Mirrors
PVT Pressure Vacuum Tester
PW Power Windows
PWM Power Window Motor
PWM Pulse Width Modulation
RABS Rear Anti Brake System
RC Regular Cab
SB Short Bed
SC Super Cab (extended cab)
SCMT Super Chips Micro Tuner (similar to a chip that uses the DLC to reprogram the PCM)
SGM Signal Generator Monitor
SD Super Duty
SES Service Engine Soon
SRS Supplemental Restraint System (air bags)
SRW Single Rear Wheel
STC is a fitting that connects your HPOP (high pressure oil pump) to the high pressure oil system
SWB Short Wheel Base
TC Torque Converter or Transfer Case
TCC Torque Converter Clutch
TCIL Transmission Control Indicator Light (OD off)
TCM Transmission Control Module (new for 6.0)
TCS Transmission Control Switch (OD off Button)
TFT Transmission Fluid Temperature
TPS Throttle Position Sensor
TSB Technical Service Bulletin
TTB Twin Traction Beam
TTM Trailer Towing Mirrors
TTM Turbo Temp Monitor
UVCH is under valve cover harness (7.3)
VAC Volts Alternating Current
VCM The Vehicle Communication Module (VCM) communicates with all Ford vehicles via the 16-pin diagnostic link. Part of Ford IDS system.
VDC Volts Direct Current
VDR Vehicle Data Recorder
VECI Vehicle Emissions Control Information
VIN Vehicle IdentNumberification
VMM The Vehicle Measurement Module (VMM) handles electronic and transducer based measurement. Part of Ford IDS system.
VREF Voltage Reference
VSS Vehicle Speed Sensor
WDS - Worldwide Diagnostic System
WOT is Wide open throttle, or pedal to the metal:burnout
WTS Wait To Start
WW Wicked Wheel
ZF Manufacturer of Standard Transmissions
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