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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel and cranking no start?

Recently I bought a 99 3500 for $700 knowing it didn't run I replaced the battery cables and bought new batteries the truck cranks fine and I have fuel from the lift pump to the vp44 and from the vp44 to the injectors but it won't start unless I spray ether in it and then it only runs for about 3 seconds off of the ether and ideas what it could be?

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I bet itís one of the injector.


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Possibly but wouldn't bad injectors atleast run the truck but run very rough and smoke?
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Is the Check Engine light On?
Have you had it checked for trouble codes?
I didn't have any trouble codes when mine did that, the injector pump was just wore smooth out. It couldn't open the injector nozzles....the pop pressure is 4500psi +or-250psi..
Installing a rebuilt injector pump put me back to instant starts.

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Sounds like that's more then likely the issue I just scanned it and it threw an injector pump code where did you get you pump from and how hard is it to install?
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Available many places, don't pay over about $1100 + core. Where are you? Not too hard to replace, It takes 2-4 hours if your are decent mechanic and bleed it properly when finished. You do need to do it properly without shortcuts and will need a small steering wheel disc style puller, about 10-20 bucks. If you have any oil leaks in the vacuum pump or tappet cover gasket, do them at the same time, for only about 20 bucks each for new seal or gasket.
Bad VP44 codes are usually accurate.
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In Toledo Ohio Northwest Ohio Southeast Michigan area
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I'm a diesel tech at a Ford dealership so it shouldn't be within my skill limit
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You should be good then. The injector lines come off in two groups of three. Do not bend them. Remove the rear lifting loop from head to get at #6. Be sure and put it back. Make sure you clock the key way on shaft to the same position as old one and it will match up fine. Finding TDC is not necessary if you do that. Make sure you replace all the blue clamps and in their original position or it will vibrate and brake injector lines.
I had mine rebuilt by a local shop Valley Injection in Woodland CA. Local shops must have a Bosch machine to do it correctly. Saved a couple of hundred that way.
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What code did you get?

I used a small bendable mirror so I could see the injector pump shaft/pump gear keyway during assembly.

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P0216 code and roughly how much was it because it might be worth it to ship it out there if the price is right there's a couple of local shops around me that I'll have to call and see if they can do it
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