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Engine dies for no reason

(2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty)
in Madisonville, TN on July 02, 2010
2005 F250 Super Duty Diesel. I've had all routine maintenance done on it since day one and never had a lick of trouble....last week while driving, it started to hesitate, then you could feel like a surge or acceleration in the engine, but it wasn't from me giving it anymore gas, then it died, i restarted the engine and kept going. It did this a couple of times and then it wouldn't start again and had to have it towed. the mechanic put it on a computer and did not get any error codes. They looked at the fuel filters which were quite dirty and they changed them...I took the truck back from the mechanic and used it for 3 more days. On the 3rd day I filled the tank and then noticed the acceleration surge again. I got to my destination, stopped the truck and then could not get it started for a 1/2 hour. The mechanic has the truck again and they can't figure out what's wrong. When you try to start the truck after it has died, it starts to "start" but then it kind of shakes/vibrates and dies like its not getting fuel. Please help me!! Thank you so much. Rose Anne
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on July 21, 2015
I have a 2002 Ford f250 gas when stopped at stop sign the engine would shut off but it would start right back up and every once in awhile the engine would shake then stop shaking
on November 30, 2012
I realize it is two years too late, but I have at 2005 F350 Super Duty Diesel that had a similar issue - it took more than 2 years before a mechanic could figure it out - it was the "ICP" sensor - the Internal Control Pressure Sensor. Strange idling (rpms down and up) and would not start shortly after turning it off. If I waited 30 min-hr would then start again. We are now looking at possible issues with the Fuel Injector Control Module after replacing batteries, alternator, fuel filters, oil change when it won't start when the temperature is cold.
on July 02, 2010

This happened to my buddy's F350 6.0 Diesel and it was due to the inner fuel tank liner failure and pieces clogged the injector pump and injectors and I think they said it looked like silver paint.

Service Bulletin Number: 19728
NHTSA Number: 10022243
Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Date of Bulletin: 07/2007

They brought it to ford and they wanted 4 to 5 thousand to change the tank, injector pump and injectors. But we found this recall on and they went back to Ford and Ford ended up saying they would test the diesel in the tank for biodiesel as they said this was the cause, Anyway they ended up repairing the entire system for free
on July 19, 2010
I have something similar on my truck, 05 F250 6.0L, no reason to it but it will stop every once in a while. however once my truck dies I get -------- in the odometer. I can start it and keep it running sluggishly by feathering the accelerator in park but it won't idle on it's own. If I turn the key and don't see my milage in the odometer then I know I have the problem. I let it sit for a few hours, turn the key and see my mileage than it will run fine for months, hours or minutes... pretty frustrating.
on October 14, 2016
Maybe u got DF fluidixed in. Everyone describing what happens when u out DF fluid right into the diesel plug
on March 01, 2016
My truck is doing the same thing I drive it a while it start to shake and run rough then cut off. Spend the motor for about 10 to 15!second and it gradually starts back up. i put new injector in yesterday still same thing so I'll be replacing regulator next
on July 02, 2010
What is the Fuel Pressure ? Has the shop checked this, because this is where I would focus my energies. It sounds like you have a fuel issue based on the dirty filters etc. Also, did the shop do a data stream evaluation, just because there are no codes, does not mean that there is no problem, ( as you are aware ) a system could be barely functioning. There is a Service Bulletin for performance problems that are similar to yours. The number is 09-24-3. It involves reprogramming the engine computer, injection module and transmission module for your 6.0 liter diesel.
I would go to a shop who can read the data stream for Diesel Systems and who knows about Ford Diesel Diagnosis. There should be some independent shops in your area where this is true, as there are several in my area.
on November 10, 2010
i had same issue on f350 6.0l diagnosis at ford repair shop fuel pressure regulator, changed it out, no more issues, get fuel pressure regulator checked out.
on October 21, 2010
my chrysler 300m will run and then shut down with out any power to the engine the light inside and radio still work ,after a while it will start again and run for a while and shut down again
on February 26, 2016
Rose Anne.. I have exact same problem . What ended up being actual cause and solution ?? I know it been a while but any info would help.
on October 14, 2016
Hopefully this ain't the case.... but u or someone else could of put DF fluid in the tank? While doing a oil change or something and forgot to mix it differently. If so that's a 9 thousand dollar fix if ford does it.unless u got full Coverdale they might hook u up
on August 20, 2015
It is enjectors
on October 03, 2010
You have some water in the fuel. Add 1/2 quart of atf to the fuel. See if that will help. Otherwise you will have to drain the tank. You can do this with a drill mounted $7 hardware store pump. USE A BATTERY DRILL AND SOME THROW AWAY 5 GAL BOTTLES. You can buy a male hose fitting and about 5' of clear 5/8" tube to hook up the drill pump.
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