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Intermediate no start problem, will restart after a few trys, no codes

(1999 Ford F-150)
in Camden, AR on January 25, 2011
0 codes, no warnings, no backfires or spitting. as if no fuel pressure. also has erratic gauge jumping on ammeter an temp gauges.
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on January 25, 2011
Two bulletins that I found for you:
Vehicles may exhibit various driveability symptoms, such as no start, no spark, hesitation/stumble/stall/miss and/or Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) 211. The symptoms may occur during any drive mode or at idle. These concerns may be caused by the shielding drain wire (Circuit 48) cutting through the insulation of, and shorting to, the Profile Ignition Pickup (PIP) wire (Circuit 395) or the spark output (SPOUT) wire (Circuit 929) near the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) 60-pin connector. A protruding wire from Splice 145 may also cause the same concern as the wire strand shorts to the PIP, SPOUT, or the foil wrap surrounding the drain wire.

ACTION:
Inspect PIP - Circuit 395 (GY/O), Ignition Ground (IGN GND) - Circuit 259 (O/R), and SPOUT - Circuit 929 (PK) for possible cut insulation from Circuit 48. Also, inspect Splice 145 - Circuit 395 (GY/O) for stray wire strands. If wire insulation is cut, exposing copper wire, repair cut insulation with 3M Mastic Tape.

ISSUE:
The fuel gauge may work erratically and/or the vehicle may not start. This may be caused by the fuel tank sending unit wiring connector becoming loose and/or corroding. This looseness and/or corrosion may be caused by the lack of a locking mechanism on the connector.

ACTION:
Install a new fuel tank sending unit pigtail connector to the existing wire harness. The new pigtail will provide improved sealing and a positive locking mechanism to reduce the possibility of looseness or corrosion

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