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Old 11-22-2010, 06:23 PM
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I have a problem that I'm not sure what is causing it. If you let the truck sit for a few days and then try to start it, all it does is cranks and cranks and cranks. When you let off it tries to hit and start, but the engine is so overloaded it won't actually start. YOu have to keep messing with it to catch it and clear the thing out to actually get it running. I mean this thing seems like youve pumped the pedal about 100 times before you even tried to start it it's that overloaded and blows a ton of black smoke out when you can finally get it started. I thought it was a fuel pump or fuel regulator problem, so I switched out the Fuel pump assembly that comes with a new fuel regulator and I'm holding a good solid 50 pounds of pressure at the fuel rail, the needle doesn't fluxuate at all. The problem does get alot worse when it gets colder to the point I'll usually kill the battery before I can get it started. What is going on with this thing?
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Have you checked for any trouble codes ? It could be a bad coolant temp sensor , air temp sensor etc ...
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:48 PM
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Yes I have an OBDII scanner tool and there are currently no codes in the system. I had one that said something about O2 sensor Bank 1 I believe didn't heat up properly but I deleted the code out and hasn't returned. Otherwise Truck runs great when you get it started, idles fine and everything.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:44 PM
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Any Suggestions? The other weird part about this problem is if I drive the truck everyday then I have no problems. It's only when it sits for a couple days or longer, then it doesn't want to start. I have no clue what is going on with this thing, but would like to figure it out.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:20 PM
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I see nobody is jumping in with suggestions for me, but I'm wondering if it has something to do with how the computer is supposed to adjust fuel/air mixture based on outside temps. Does anyone know what specific part (other than the computer) actually determines the air/fuel mixture and how the engine knows it's cold out? I think this might be my culprit cause when it's warm out I don't have this problem, but the colder it gets, the harder that thing is to start. So which part controls the air/fuel mixture and what part tells the truck how cold it is to compensate for weather? Thanks for the help.
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I have the same problem.....I have put new starter, battery, 3 new sensors on the throttle body, belt, belt tensioner pulley....Still the same dam problem!!!! HHHHEEELLLPPP!
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I've had this sort of thing happen 3 times, since moving to the sticks. Don't laugh too much, cuz here goes, worth reading for the entertainment value, if nothing else. 1. 93 Eagle Vision TSI broke an O2 sensor on the left exhaust manifold, replacing the engine, engine loaded up something terrible,on startup 2. 92 Ford Explorer, (plow truck) mudwasps built a nest in the MAP sensor part of the air intake, screwing up the MAP sensor outputs, would NOT start, flooded something terrible. 3. 95 RAM, chipmunks turned the air cleaner housing into their private sunflower seed warehouse, complete with bits of paper towel as insulation...This was accomplished by them in about 2 days. Don't know what ails your truck, but these are things which may be worth looking for, except there isn't any MAP sensor on your truck, to the best of my knowledge...
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RamFan was kind enough to let me know about an air temp sensor behind the alternator mounted on the intake manifold, tho I haven't yet replaced mine, it may well be the cold idle prob my 98 has, you may want to look into this sensor, I didn't even know there was such a thing til a little while ago. Thank You, RamFan, if you're reading this!!!
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Your welcome. It sucks when the computer grimlens come to town. Or alvin, simon and theodore.
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