Engine just quit! 96 E350 7.3 Power Stroke Diesel

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DAVID40
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  • 1996 FORD E-SERIES VAN
I have a 96 Ford Econiline E350 diesel conversion van with a 7.3 PowerStroke diesel engine. Has about 150 K miles on it. I drove the thing for about an hour and I went to pull into a parking lot. I turned in and without any warning the engine just stopped. I was able to coast into a parking space. It cranks like a champ but will not start. I got towed home and connected my AutoXray scanner and do not get any error codes. Someone told me a bad cam sensor would do that. I don't know where to start. Can you give me any advice on what to check?
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David
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Monday, July 30th, 2007 AT 2:41 PM

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Tiny
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Possible causes include cam sensor, exhaust back pressure sensor, IDM, fuel filter, and fuel pump. After you towed it home has it restarted. Also forgot to mention low oil level will shut down engine. Have seen all the problems on the 7.3L first hand. Hope this helps
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 AT 12:56 PM
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I am back up and running. I had to buy a new scanner that would work on the Powerstroke and it came back with a bad IDM. I replaced it and she fired right up. Now I've moved on to an ABS problem. I have been getting an intermittent ABS light for years. The scanner I bought, an MT2500 was supposed to be able to read the codes for the ABS system but it turns out the ABS data link is some strange round connector they used for just that partial year and my scanner does not have any adapter like that. The Snap-on company has been totally useless as far as any support for their scanner. After emails and phone calls I have not received a single reply. If you know of any place I can get help with that I would appreciate it.
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 AT 9:49 PM
Tiny
ATERRY606
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For a 96 it will depend on the VIN 5th Number either an E or S. And if it has 4 wheel ABS or RABS (rear ABS only ) check for wheel sensors on the front wheels, to determine. My scanner would require a 3305-27 Ford ABS Cable. I have a OTC Genisys 2.0. Snap -On should be able to get you the correct plug adapte and software. The connector should be in the left side of the engine compartment. Let me Know I will do what I can to help. Glad to hear you got it running ! Hope I was helpful in that?

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 AT 11:34 PM
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This one is definitely the 4 wheel ABS. It took me a while to find the Data Link. They put it in three different locations that year. I have two 96 vans and they are a pain because 96 was the year they made the transition from EEC to OBD. On my other van I thought the Engine link was under the steering column but it was wired only to the fire wall and stopped. Took me months to finally figure out it was still an EEC with the connector by the battery. Anyway, back to the Powerstroke ABS. The ABS link on this van is under the steering column attached to the same bracket as the engine Data Link. It's a 3/4" round plug with three pins. The schematic shows the three wires as Rear wheel +, rear wheel -, and data. I might be able to wire it manually to the scanner if I could get any help from Snap-on but like I said they will not answer me. I guess what I need is an MT2500 owner that has encountered this and knows what to do. Might be best if I post this ABS problem as a new thread.
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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 AT 6:15 AM

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