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Wont take fuel when first started

I have a problem with my 97 ford f 250 diesel 7.3 engine, when its 20 degrees or below it starts and idles perfectley but the engine wont reve up and take fuel until it warms up for about 2 to 3 mintues.i can push the pedal to the floor and it still idles.what can i do to fix this problem???

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Ford has a technical service bulletin out for this concern number 03-21-23. Here is the information you need. Hope it helps.

The 7.3L Direct Injection Turbo (DIT) engines are built with 0.1016-0.8128mm (0.0040-0.032") clearance between the Camshaft Position (CMP) Sensor and the trigger wheel. At approximately 1.016mm (0.040") clearance, the sensor will fail to synchronize and result in a no run condition. Improper CMP clearance can be seen in the following six (6) symptoms:

  • 1) Fault codes - incorrect synchronization count
  • 2) Low RPM - fails to achieve rated speed for 2-3 minutes after extended cold soak
  • 3) No start - after extended cold soak
  • 4) Runs poorly cold - engine runs OK warm
  • 5) Stall on deceleration - more pronounced cold
  • 6) Starts, runs cold, dies warm, will not restart until cool
ACTION: Install a shim between the CMP sensor and the front engine cover. The shim will allow the correct clearance which should reduce the possibility of concerns. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.
  1. Perform normal DIT Powerstroke diagnostics. If no other problems are found, proceed with this TSB article.
  2. Remove CMP sensor and inspect for signs of contact with the pulse wheel. Make sure the holes on the end are filled with epoxy and inspect the connector mating cavity for signs of oil contamination. If there are any signs of contact, contamination, or the holes are not filled, replace the CMP Sensor (F6TZ-12K073-A).
  3. Repair symptoms 1) - 5) as follows: install a 0.254mm (0.010") shim under the CMP sensor. If symptoms persist, increase the shim thickness to 0.508mm (0.020") Shim (F7TZ-12J072-AA). NOTE: SOME ENGINES BETWEEN SERIAL NUMBERS 388840 AND 410010 HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF TRIGGER WHEEL RUNOUT. RUNOUT OF THE TRIGGER WHEEL GREATER THAN 0.508mm (0.020") MIGHT NOT BE RESOLVED WITH A SHIM. THE ADDITIONAL CLEARANCE CAN PUT TOTAL CLEARANCE ABOVE 1.016mm (0.040") AND CAUSE FAILURE TO SYNCHRONIZE.
  4. If symptom 6) occurs and trigger wheel runout is greater than 0.508mm (0.020"), try a 0.254mm (0.010") shim. If the concern is unresolved, replace the Camshaft Assembly (F4TZ-6250-A). Refer to the appropriate model/year Service Manual, Section 03-01C, for camshaft assembly replacement procedure.

PART NUMBER PART NAME F6TZ-12K073-A Camshaft Position (CMP) Sensor F7TZ-12J072-AA Shim F4TZ-6250-A Camshaft Assembly

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin Feb 05, 2009

    You might want to call the delear with you vin number and make sure that yours is not involved in Recall 07S57. This recall is for the CMP sensor and if you have the old style in yours they will replace it with the new style.Then tell them about this TSB, if all you need is the shim and you have the old style cmp and have the recall open then maybe all they will charge you for is the shim?



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