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Old 01-09-2018, 11:35 AM
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problem solved! (fuel filter)

Hi everyone, well as i had posted before, i've been having some odd issues with our 2001 e150 van. I thought it was a tranny thing as when i would floor it, the engine would rev up but go no where. It would often have a hard time starting in the morning, even on slower speeds, it would kinda buck back and forth and when driving on an incline, there was no power.
I thought maybe it was the serpentine belt going bad, changed it, wasn't it. Then i thought.."hmm maybe not enough fuel"? i saw there was a fuel filter on it, and didn't know if it had ever been changed, so i had it changed a few days ago. Today i had a chance to try it out (got lots of snow on the ground and don't wanna kill myself), i floored it and the van came back to life and took off! As well, i noticed no more weird screeching noises coming from engine compartment. When in park or at a stop light its hard to tell if the engine is running! very smooth, unlike before (stumbling).
So if you have some of these issues, maybe have your filter changed?
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:13 PM
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Thanks for sharing.
 
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:06 PM
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:42 PM
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Glad the filter fixed it, but re: screeching, belts/ serpentines can make some weird noises, and new may fix; (but) new may (soon) start making noise also (because) idlers and pulleys will develop surface rust within hours, and being off for days/ weeks can make things worse and noise return. The good news is that the noise will go away in 5-15-minutes.... when it does not, then it is time to check bearings/ belts. :-) Best to you..
 
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:10 PM
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Update*** now I got it!
so I thought I had solved the problem by changing the fuel filter (which was still a good thing to do). The van had been sputtering and getting a little worst by the day. TODAY...finally! The "check engine" light started flashing and stayed lit...yay! Took the scanner and showed "misfire on cyl #3". So I got a new plug, when I took out the old one, the rubber end (that goes over plug) had started to split down the middle!! Putting the new one in was a b-+ch! It didn't seem to sink in over the plug, but I tightened it and the van is running like a champ. Btw...whoever designed these curved plugs, should be flogged with a wet noodle! Super poor design and don't sit properly.
 
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Old 02-27-2018, 11:14 PM
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should be flogged with a wet noodle!
Glad you got your issue resolved but please watch the language around here.
 
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:17 PM
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oups..sorry.
What i did want to know is....the coil that i put in was not OEM. Is there an easy way to get the coil on? i was pushing down on the coil so hard, and when i let go it would kinda bounce back up, is this normal?
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Old 03-20-2018, 10:48 AM
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Glad you got your issue resolved but please watch the language around here.
Um what language? wet noodle? flogged? you realize the OP is chef? lol
 
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Old 03-20-2018, 10:52 AM
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Update*** now I got it!
so I thought I had solved the problem by changing the fuel filter (which was still a good thing to do). The van had been sputtering and getting a little worst by the day. TODAY...finally! The "check engine" light started flashing and stayed lit...yay! Took the scanner and showed "misfire on cyl #3". So I got a new plug, when I took out the old one, the rubber end (that goes over plug) had started to split down the middle!! Putting the new one in was a b-+ch! It didn't seem to sink in over the plug, but I tightened it and the van is running like a champ. Btw...whoever designed these curved plugs, should be flogged with a wet noodle! Super poor design and don't sit properly.
Thanks for posting this I am going through the exact same situation except its cylinder 6 missfiring. I have it in today getting all new plugs and coils. Im not leaving anything to chance like the piece of mind a full tune up with fresh parts. Your post gives me hope that mine will be fine. Im at 110thousand miles so a refresh could not hurt.
 
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Thanks for sharing. Having almost the exact same issues in a 88 E350 7.3L IDI and also thought fuel filter and/or glow plugs. Looks like injector lines are leaking though. Which, for me, is much more disappointing. Kind of explains my MPG though. Not that it was great before I was leaking fuel haha.
 
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Um what language? wet noodle? flogged? you realize the OP is chef? lol
lol I thought the exact same thing
 
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Old 03-23-2018, 03:56 PM
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I got my van back. I had all plugs replaced and boots and coils. All codes are clear and sensors are complete now.
The engine noise is back to very smooth sounds now and I lots more power. I'm sure I've been suffering with the cyl 6 coil for quite awhile before it finally cacked. it like driving a completely different vehicle.
 
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