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I have a 1995 Ford F250 that keeps going out on me. The pick up sensor in the distributor keeps going out. Three times this week alone. Anyone know what would cause this?

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Hello, I had a client with a similar problem and they had a high voltage leak from a coilpak or sparkplug. It seems that the pickup sensor could not handle stray high voltage in the engine. Most likely when the spark jumps, it kills the pickup sensor.

You might try using a grounded wire and run the end over all the connections and coil-pak to see if spark will jump. You also may be able to see the spark jumping in the dark with the motor running, once you install another sensor.

What I remember is that the sensor was the weak link and the problem was the other high voltage parts shorting it out. Even though you have the F250, the problem happens in F150's too. There are some Forums like and a few 4Wheeling sites which have question and answer services. Try Browser search with question stated as "Pick-up sensor in distributor keeps going out" and variations to get hits for your info.

It can also be a grounding issue where another component is trying to ground through your sensor. If you test the other old sensors you may find that the ground terminals are fried in every failed unit.

Wish I could be more specific, but your problem can be any open wire or bad ground that operates with the engine running. I hope my solution is helpful and would like to know what you found wrong.

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