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96 f350 7.3 dsl, randomly shuts off while driving or at idle, changed the cps and battery cables, did not help

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Check all your grounds,these are places where the moyor is grounded to the body or frame of truck, there should be one from firewall to motor will look like a braided bare metal strap type flat when you foind it and on passegerside on motor to frame will look the same as other you could call Ford dealer and ask at parts counter exactly where on your year and model.

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