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Ford F250 Super Duty The service engine soon light is on and

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The service engine soon light is on and my 2001 f250 is running rough. pluged in to the data link to check codes it acts like its not there. Checked and replaced all the fuses still nothing. unhooked the battery to reset light came back on still running bad. How do i get the code so I can at least find out where to start. And it seems to run worse at about 1300 to 1400 rpm.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  John Crouch replied 5 years ago.

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If using a code reader, it most likely is not compatible with your truck. A lot of them do not seem to work properly with the diesel trucks, some will not pull all codes, some will not communicate at all. I wish I had a explanation for why this is, unfortunately, I do not. I even have one of the Mac Tools code readers that came out a few years ago and it is worthless on diesel trucks.


FIrst you will need a good scan tool to pull codes from the truck. Most likely you are going to have to perform what is called a "injector electrical test" or called a "buzz test" to pull codes for the fuel injection system. These engines are prone to have the connectors that are from the valve cover gasket to the injectors and glow plugs to come loose under the valve covers will loose there connection and can cause exactly what you are describing. There are other things that could be the cause of the concern, a bad injector or a issue with the Injector Driver Module, but this is the most common cause for what you are talking about.


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