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Old 02-27-2018, 09:48 AM   #1
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Total shut-down while driving

I was making a turn from a turning lane onto a side road between Goldfield and Tonopah last week and midway through the turn my engine shut down completely, total loss of power. No warning. I was able to complete the turn (without power steering) and pull over. I then put it in park and turned the key off. A moment later I turned the key and everything came back on again like nothing was wrong.

After getting home to SLC I've not driven it, but plan to take it to a mechanic today. But I wondered if anyone had thoughts about causes. I've had previous problems with the throttle and filters causing hesitation during acceleration(fixed, mostly), but this was just a total shutdown, creepy when it happened.

By the way, there's an awesome hot spring just off Silver Peak road.

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Old 02-27-2018, 10:07 AM   #2
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What motor? In my case, sudden death of the motor was caused by the fuel pump in the tank. I replaced a couple actually. Good luck..........
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:33 AM   #3
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Check your battery terminals. A momentary loss of of connection can kill the motor, especially if the alternator was not generating because it was running too hot from compensating for the loose connection.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:40 AM   #4
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whoah that is scary!

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Old 02-27-2018, 10:46 AM   #5
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Missing some pertinent info.
As mentioned, what motor, any gadgets, bolt-ons, reflash, obd2 stuff?
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:51 AM   #6
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It's a 2001 E-350 V8, 5.4lt. I'll check the terminals now.
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Old 02-27-2018, 11:21 AM   #7
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Everything seems to work just fine now, visible connections look solid. But it kind of leaves you wondering if and when it could happen again. I'm going to test-load a pic here too just to see if I've re-mastered how to do that.
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My 2001 5.4 did the exact same thing a few times. After a few stalls / no starts over a period of a couple months, it suddenly gave up completely, requiring a tow. Check the output pressure for the fuel pump. There is a fitting on the fuel rail you can screw a gauge to and you can borrow a gauge from an auto parts store. I think minimum pressure is about 20lbs but don't quote me on that. I've replaced the pump more than once, it's a pretty crappy design and I now carry a spare.
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:46 PM   #9
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I got it. You've been putting gas in your 6.0 diesel thinking it was a 5.4l. Put gas in it from now on. 5.4's don't break.

However, if it did, it's probably the fuel pump.
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Old 02-27-2018, 05:16 PM   #10
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I got it. 5.4's don't break.
However, if it did, it's probably the fuel pump.
I have to agree with you that the 5.4's don't break. Diesels on the other hand Oops, I've done it again, will I get banned if I keep bashing diesels?
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