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Old 07-07-2011, 03:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fuel Control Actuator ...anyone 'know' if this is the problem?

Okay ...have a 2006 5.9 Cummins Diesel 2500, with a little over 200,000 miles on it... that is very hard to start. Can be started with a can of Ether and that's the only way. Also, the service soon light comes 'on' when I do finally start this truck with the can of Ether. It'll flash @ 10 times and shortly after I have begun driving it, then the service soon light will go off. Took it to Auto Zone & they said the code stored was a PO148; which indicates a Fuel Control Actuator (FCA); Fuel Delivery Problem-with this code.

In trying to locate this part locally, it appears to be a dealer item only & they want $247.00 vs. $115.00 online at purediesel.com. Can anyone help with this? The part number that was given to me is 51832345AA; sound familiar? Or should I check something else first. Thanks.

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#1 scan for codes. Report back.
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#1 scan for codes. Report back.
The only Code is the "PO148" ...Fuel Control Actuator in conjunction with Fuel Delivery problem.

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Or fuel delivery error.

If you disconnect the fca and start it should default to full rail pressure. I will sound very different. Shut off immediately. That may give some clue as to wether it is a malfunctioning fca.
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Im haveing the same problem in my 2003 will only start by spraying into the intake. When mine started to do this I changed the fuel filter and everything was fine for a week now it is cranking hard agian and will not start. My truck is displaying 4 codes p0107, p0516, p0642, and p0480.
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The same was true with changing the fuel filter on this one too. It would run for about a week...the fuel filter would look like it needed changing again ...I'm on my 4th fuel filter ...its is very monotonous; especially when I have to use it from job to job & it will not start without the Ether ...I'm told that I could really screw the engine up on a diesel using the Ether on it. Let's hope that its the Fuel Control Actuator, rather than anything that is more expensive. The only code that shows up is this PO148 - Which implies that its a fuel delivery issue.

Thanks for your input.
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Or fuel delivery error.

If you disconnect the fca and start it should default to full rail pressure. I will sound very different. Shut off immediately. That may give some clue as to wether it is a malfunctioning fca.
Thank you for your help ...I will give it a try.
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For s and giggels I just tried unplugging my FCA to see if my problem was simmalir to your but agian would not start
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For s and giggels I just tried unplugging my FCA to see if my problem was simmalir to your but agian would not start
Well with enough people reading this post & giving us their suggestions, we're bound to figure it out through elimination...keep me posted if you hear anything else ...appreciate it.
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Sounds like you one or more leaking injectors, especially with 200K+ miles on them. Best way to tell is take it to a dealer and have the scan tool hooked up to monitor rail pressure during startup. Too low rail pressure the fuel doesn't atomize correctly and makes for a difficult start.

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Too low rail pressure and the computer will not signal the Injectors to fire.
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