Well I went to start my truck today in the pouring rain. And I'm starting to notice whenever I get an undercarriage wash or its pouring, or out of nowhere... The fuel issue happens. But tonight I turned the key and the lights went out, clicked as if the battery was dead then out. Dead short. Opened te hood and eventually the lights came back on and I tried to bypass the solenoid thinking it was bad. I saw sparks on the neutral terminal post. I went under my truck ANSI pulled more protective coating off of the positive side from battery to starter and the wires looked worse than I thought. I was driving today earlier and my truck acted up, the CEL came on but the truck didn't stall, I hit the gas and the truck jumped and the light went out. But it did it again and I let it go to see what would happen and I had power steering and power braking pulling into a parking lot and eventually the truck shut off, and the pumps didn't come on for a while again. I am wondering if my starter is shorting out the system, or a neutral safety switch? Idk but where could I buy new wires? Or should I go to a junkyard and swap
I did replace my starter.. The wiring is definitely in bad shape. I've never had a starter dead short like that before. But then again, never had trouble like this before. So I talked to more people and they think its the fuel pressure sensor, or the temp sensor. I do not have a working guage in my truck. And I went to flush my system and I pulled the plug and nothing came out. Friday I'm going to put CLR in my system and I guess that could unclog my engine. But now I'm thinking of replacing my thermostat at the same time.
There are products designed specifically for flushing the coolant system. I actually got to looking into it, CLR would be more detrimental to the freeze plugs in the engine than the radiator. There's mixed reviews out there about putting CLR in the radiator, but 2 common denominators come out of it: Don't use CLR with the radiator attached to the engine, CLR is last resort when faced with replacement.
That could be just mud in the bottom of the radiator. Before going nuts on it, try taking something and gently see of you can knock the blockage loose. Last resort would be doing a flush of the system, still getting poor performance and weighing the price of a quart of CLR and a couple of gallons of antifreeze against the price of a new core and a couple of gallons of antifreeze.
What is the history of your truck? It's starting to sound like your truck was a flood or storm recovery vehicle. A friend (here in sunny SoCal) knowingly bought a flood/storm damaged truck from Louisiana for next to nothing. He had every problem in the book until he (we) eventually replaced every wiring harness and electrical component in the vehicle with those from a wreck. No more problems and he now has a very nice low mileage F-350 Diesel for about one-third book value. Just FYI, if it applies.
I don't exactly know the history. My truck was from Virginia and that's about all I know. Is there a way to tell?
On another note, I was thinking while sitting in the parking lot trying to start my truck tonight. I wonder if my tank selector switch is bad. Once I started my truck I decided to pull off the panels and I pulled the selector switch while it was running. The truck died out. And wouldn't start up like the same symptoms as before. I'm gpokg to replace the switch tomorrow and if that doesn't work, I'm doing the fuel inertia switch. Then probably start doing harnesses. Is that a good ideA?
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