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Good News...BAD News...and some questions
First the Good News: After several months of searching for the appropriate tow vehicle to match my wife's plan to move from our travel trailer to a 5th wheel, I purchased a 2010 Ford F-350, 6.4L PSD, CC, Dually from a dealer about 75 miles from home. Brought 'er home late yesterday afternoon, and took the wife out for dinner and a ride.
Now the BAD News: Got up this morning and decided to fire up the truck and go out to our local diner for breakfast....and NO start! Tried several times (and allowed the Glow Plug indicator to extinguish)...but not even a click from the starter. So...I checked the batteries and found them to be at 12.4 V. But since it was rather cold, I decided to hook up my battery charger. After about an hour, I tried to do a start....and Nothing! on the first two trys. On the third, she fired off...so fast, in fact, I didn't hear the starter crank at all.
Oh, there's even WORSE News: After about 20 min. of running, I noticed that the transmission temp gauge was mid-range, but the engine temp was still quite low. So...I decided to take 'er for a run to see if she'd warm up properly. After a couple of miles at 30 MPH, I got to a highway and took her up to 55. I only got about 2 miles down the road when I found the need to drift over and try to figure out why the engine had quit. She'd crank...but wouldn't fire. But after about 5 min. of sitting, I tried again and she fired right up. But that wasn't the end of the problem...long story short: The darn thing quit on me three more times as I struggled to get back home, only 5 miles away. Each time she'd quit, same story: crank but no fire, then sit a while and she'd run. I should add: This truck has only 12K miles on it..so it's barely broken in!
Here are my questions:
1) Does anyone agree that my current problem is fuel related: maybe a bad (intermittent) fuel pump? Or maybe an injector problem?
2) Is it normal for this model truck to have the tranny warm up before the engine?
3) I noticed that when I tried to start the truck, as I was limping home, the starter would crank even though the key wasn't being held in the forward/start position. Is this normal? (Yep, I only let 'er crank for 10 seconds or less).
And, finally, 4) the dealer claimed to have the oil changed while we were doing paperwork...but the current oil is not the honey color I see from new oil after a change in my gas engines. So...if I'm having fuel problems, could that be contaminating my oil? The thought did cross my mind that the oil may not actually have been changed!
Thanks in advance, folks, for any advice or answers you can provide.....