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Old 02-16-2012
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Icon9 Whats wrong with my truck.... bought new things too

So this morning i drove my truck for the first time in a week or so to work i was going to buy a new camper shell off cl. i get there and check out the shell and it was on a 06 that had been rolled. the guy said that his son rolled the 06 in a field and the shell had scratches(chips) all over on the top of it. so i decided to not get it. but i did score some 06 badges, headlights and clear and amber corners for 40 bucks. thought it was a good deal....


NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I go to leave and start my truck and it just there and sputters and idols really low like 200 rpms and after like 5 sec it idols up and revs and runs fine then starts the sputtering again and shakes really bad. i turn the truck off and cycle the key and start it up again drive about a block and does it all over again. doesnt respond to giving gas or nothign. played this game for like a mile or so on and off. it would run fine no issues and all of a sudden idol low and sputter all over again.... stopped at a shop and they are going to diagnose it tomorrow....

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04 4.0 5 speed 101099 miles

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dude im telling you.. its the inertia switch. it wont stay alive after being turned off after the switch has been hit.
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dude im telling you.. its the inertia switch. it wont stay alive after being turned off after the switch has been hit.
If it was the intertia it would start then die. If he tried starting it all it would do would crank.

I would get the vac lines at the throttle body. Also clean MAF and IAC for sure start there!! any codes?
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well when mine got tripped itd start and idle like ****. then die.
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Seems like the past few months guys with 04's have been having problems with the fuel pump relays going out. Sometimes they would just quit , other times would work intermittently.
If the contacts in the relay are arcing/burnt , the pump may not begetting enough power and not delivering enough pressure.
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I'm guessing vaccum lines or intake gaskets
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you have probly had it checked out by now, but the first thing i would check is the gas. you had not run it in a week, didyou get gas?or was it sitting there in bad weather. could have water in it. that happen to me once on a trip , took me 13 hours for a 10 hour trip. and putting in good gas and additives barely helped, only thing is dump the gas or run it out. mine would run fine for 1 minute or 30 minutes then sputter and shut down or just sit there jerking and then run ok. hope you got it fixed and no big expence.
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well the culprit was a wire that shorted on the fuel pump resulting in the intermittent problem. it was originally 65 to diagnose the problem. he originally said that the fuel pump was bad but when ne went to change it he found the problem. he charged me for 3 hours of labor so my total is like 350 to fix it. but for an aditional 50 he offered to do a tune up to kinda counter act the labor charges... kinda confusing but it was to bad in the end.... sucks but oh well
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Seems like the past few months guys with 04's have been having problems with the fuel pump relays going out. Sometimes they would just quit , other times would work intermittently.
If the contacts in the relay are arcing/burnt , the pump may not begetting enough power and not delivering enough pressure.
i think youd win the guessing game lol you were the closes im not sure exactually what was burnt but something was
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ok new game!!!!!! haha so i drove home and it ran great for about 30 miles hoome. went to the parts store to get some stuff for the gf's car. on the war home i had a new problem. it started running fine then about a mile from my house it started to run like ****... now it idols fine but it sputters while accelerating. in neutral if i rev it up you can hear it not running right. then the more load it is under the worse it runs. as i try to speed up it sputters(kinda pulsates down, if that makes sense) kinda feeling like if you were to stab the clutch really fast. but i know its not the clutch cuz like i said it does it in neutral!!!!! OMG!!!!
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For your second problem I'm kind of having the same problem. Mine seems sluggish getting up to higher speeds (50+). What I've come to find out from making a thread of my own about the problem is that its either a bad IAC, TPS, MAF sensor or bad Coil Pack. I'm in the process of replacing them in that order ha.
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GO BACK TO THE PLACE that did the turn up.... if u put in the WRONG plugs these trucks dont like it.... also look for crappy wires... plugs.... make sure there completely on... not just sitting on the plugs flopping around
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GO BACK TO THE PLACE that did the turn up.... if u put in the WRONG plugs these trucks dont like it.... also look for crappy wires... plugs.... make sure there completely on... not just sitting on the plugs flopping around
im going to call him and see whats up for sure.. the only problem is is that the shop is like 40 min from my houseand my truck is barely driveable.
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could it even be the pump if i can hear it whineing SP? when i turn on the key... i can hear it and it idles fine...
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SP? If you can hear the fuel pump when you turn the key that is a good thing. That just means its working haha. Mine is the same way It idles fine but is acting weird at higher speeds. IAC helped a little when I replaced it, but I'm going to replace the TPS and see what that does.
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SP? If you can hear the fuel pump when you turn the key that is a good thing. That just means its working haha. Mine is the same way It idles fine but is acting weird at higher speeds. IAC helped a little when I replaced it, but I'm going to replace the TPS and see what that does.
well ill let you spend the money on everything and let me know what fixes it haha jk... im hitting the fuel pump tomorrow
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my gosh... anybody think the fuel filter is plugged from the sediment in the tank after being still for a week?
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I refuse to read small red text.


Gives me a headache and looks ridiculous against a blue background.
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I refuse to read small red text.


Gives me a headache and looks ridiculous against a blue background.
there is that better lol....
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lets see pics of them corners on! get the headlights baked? badges?
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there is that better lol....
At least now it doesn't look like tiny lines of red.

I do believe you are looking at a sensor that has went bad, assuming your fuel pressure is good. Although it should throw a CEL during this, without one you are looking for bad wiring.
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ok well a little update.... i went to get gas last night in my truck and it drive better but now only when i really give it gas and its up in the rpm range it ALMOST feels like its hitting a rev limiter but at like 4k rpm... any ideas.... its just hard to explain... oh also the mech that worked on it originally last week is coming to my house to try and fix it
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Regap the plugs. Check them closely for cracks when you take them out. A crack in a plug will cause weird things to happen.
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