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1997 Ford F-Series 7.0L gasoline heavy dump truck. Cranks…

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1997 Ford F-Series 7.0L...

1997 Ford F-Series 7.0L gasoline heavy dump truck. Cranks but wont start, but it will start with starting fluid then it stalls. The fuel pump works, there is a spark, I cannot find the data link connector to connect to my computer, I need some help please

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the engine's fuel supply? And the spark plugs -- are they all working?

Yes

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your F-Series yourself? What have you tried so far?

Yes, i checked the inersia switch, first thing that came to my mind, i checked fuel pressure, it seems to be good. i dont have any books on this truck. i dont have injector tester lights

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

According to the driver, on the highway the truck died, but it started again for another 10 miles and then it died again

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Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
thank you, ***** ***** reply.
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

Hey how are you,I will try to help you with this issue

if you sprayed starting fluid and it start and died and do you have fuel pressure to the fuel rail than that means the Truck computer is not pulsing the injector ?

that means we have spark and fuel pressure and no Injector pulse

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
i rather you write it down so i can read again in case i need to
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

yes ignore phone call request the website prompting it nit me not necessary here

The Data Link Connector (C227) is located behind lower RH side of the instrument panel, before glove compartment.

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Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

send me vin #

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
1FDNF70J0WVA09794
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

do you know how to test for ground on the injectors ?

are in the u.s ?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Not really. yes in the U.S.
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

If you do not mind me asking ,are you looking at fixing this yourself or looking to know the most possible cause of this issue and taking it to repair shop for the work ?

Do you have any prior experience in electrical troubleshooting and testing with a test light for power & ground ?

Do have a power probe for testing ?

Do you have a test light so we can check for spark ?

Do you have fuel pressure tester to check for fuel ?

Did you scan it with factory scanner or equivalent to retrieve faults codes for vehicle modules ?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
i would like to fix it myself. yes to all, but i didnt scan for codes, I have my own scanner, I cant find data link connector anywhere
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

Data link connector location

The Data Link Connector (C227) is located behind lower RH side of the instrument panel, before glove compartment.

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Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

ok , let me know if you have injector pulse when you are trying to start and we go from there

check all your fuses if you have not done so already

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
i checked, all fuses are good, relays are good. i want to make sure i can find the data link connector
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

unless you have an OBDI not OBDII , if it is border line production year, but for 1997 you should have an obdII ,all trucks after 95 should have OBDII connector ,DLC

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Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

do you see it or no .

if not go to under hood ,driver side inner fender , is there a plug connector there with grey looking cover on it

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
no i dont see one
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

inside or outside under hood ,you do not see one ?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
normally they are next to the spout plug, the spout plug is there with grey cover, but i dont see the obd plug
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

did you look inside the dash, in case somebody took it off prior and stuffed in the dash instead screwing back in place ?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
i am going to the shop, i was chatting from my home computer, can you give me your phone and i will call you from the shop in a few minutes
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

yes , sure, when you get there , just reply back here , for me and i will send you a phone call request ?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
in a few mins i will be at the shop thanks
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

ok

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
i found the obd connector, it was not in the right place. i will check the codes, if i have any more questions i will contact you. thanks
Ford Mechanic: Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems replied 3 months ago

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