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Old 10-07-2013, 02:19 AM
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The engine goes dead, then wont fire back up. Last time I sat on the side of the road, with the hood up, for about thirty minutes, then she started right up.
So, I guess cooling down a bit helped. Any ideas? Anything is appreciated.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:28 AM
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I replaced the crank position sensor and have driven 100-200 miles with no problem. Maybe it's fixed. I'll check back in after a few hundred more miles.
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Wow, it sounds like you got it. What led you to the CPS? We didn't know if it would crank, and if it did, would it sputter, or just not start. Somehow you got it done, tell us how.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:21 PM
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The engine would turn over but not fire. After waiting 20-30 minutes the first time, the engine would turn and run immediately. The second time was 30+ minutes, but when it did fire it acted like the timing was way too high, trying to kick back on the starter. By continuing to engage the starter it finally started and would take me home. The third and fourth times took progressively longer times to "cool down" enough to run. It still acted like the timing was too high, then fired up and ran enough to get me home( 4-5 miles). From what I've read in the factory service manual, the CPS signals the PCM to fire the ignition coil. I could have checked the CPS while the fault was present, but by the time I had removed what I had to to get to the CPS plug the fault might have disappeared. So, I just changed the CPS using the SWAG(Scientific Wild Azz Guess) method. Hope this helps someone on down the line.
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MartyG, most of the time it would just quit, and coast to a stop. I tried a new ignition coil but it would still quit. One time it cranked and ran a few miles, but would sputter and backfire. The backfire was so violent that I was afraid it had done some permanent damge. I have been away for almost a year, and the truck set, unused. It has not given any trouble for the past few months. It must have been the crankshaft position sensor.
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Glad to hear it worked! Welcome home!
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