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jimmyburg
12-06-2007, 09:39 AM
08:30 AM CST on Thursday, December 6, 2007

Bloomberg News

Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S. automaker, is recalling 1.2 million large trucks to fix a faulty engine sensor that can cause sudden stalling and lead to a crash.

The recall affects 1997 to 2003 model-year F-Super Duty pickups, Excursion sport-utility vehicles and E-Series vans, all with 7.3-liter diesel engines, Ford said in a letter posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web site.

The camshaft-sensor circuit can degrade over time and cause the engine to shut down unexpectedly, Ford said in the letter. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said it will replace the sensor at no cost to owners.

Ford said it received 14 reports of accidents or loss of control related to the sensor problem with none resulting in injury. Owners will be notified of the recall starting Dec. 17, Ford said. Dan Jarvis, a Ford spokesman, didn't immediately return a voicemail message seeking comment before regular business hours

mowing grass 1111
12-06-2007, 09:46 AM
better late than never i guess

Scag48
12-06-2007, 12:15 PM
Awesome, the camshaft sensor was always a bit of a flaw. Now we can get the work done for free, sweet.

BrandonV
12-06-2007, 12:22 PM
so that's why it has been doing that

AintNoFun
12-06-2007, 01:46 PM
any idea about trucks i used to own, probably replaced 5 cps's over the past 5 years mostly in trucks we sold...

Dirt Digger2
12-06-2007, 02:08 PM
happened to me in our 350...it also happened a few times in my buddies 2001 F150

TXNSLighting
12-06-2007, 04:52 PM
MAN!!! i cant believe it!! after all these years they are finally doing somethin about that cam sensor!! how exciting! i didnt know it affected the 97's tho... i heard it was the worst on 99-01's

mike lane lawn care
12-06-2007, 05:39 PM
MAN!!! i cant believe it!! after all these years they are finally doing somethin about that cam sensor!! how exciting! i didnt know it affected the 97's tho... i heard it was the worst on 99-01's

i would have thought you were going to say something like how it was never really an issue, or say something about chevy or dodge to level the playing field.:laugh:

lawnspecialties
12-06-2007, 06:22 PM
As much as I loved my '01 7.3L, when I lost the second cam sensor, I started looking a new truck. It's ridiculous they would start recalling them this late since it's been an extremely well known problem with the 7.3s for a long time now.:confused:

Hummer
12-06-2007, 08:03 PM
Hell, I carry two spare CPS's in the glove box of my 2000 F-450 with the 7.3L engine. I haven't had a problem with the currently installed CPS since buying the truck in Oct. of last year though, I just carry the spares based on the advice of guys at www.ford-trucks.com .

TXNSLighting
12-07-2007, 11:40 AM
i would have thought you were going to say something like how it was never really an issue, or say something about chevy or dodge to level the playing field.:laugh:

ha!! nope! that is the big problem with the 7.3's! about 95% of the tow ins were cam sensors! but better a sensor then a fuel pump or injector or all that. ha!! hows that? :laugh:

mike lane lawn care
12-07-2007, 11:43 AM
ha!! nope! that is the big problem with the 7.3's! about 95% of the tow ins were cam sensors! but better a sensor then a fuel pump or injector or all that. ha!! hows that? :laugh:

well, look at it this way, if the sensor on a ford fails, the truck can't be driven, if the fuel pump on a chevy fails, the truck can't be driven, and if the tranny on a dodge fails, guess what, the truck can't be driven.

JoeyD
12-07-2007, 11:58 AM
Miney went out on my 99 7.3 at about 120K. This was about 1 1/2 months ago. Got a new one for $25 and changed it out in about 15minutes. The CPS is located on the front of the motor just below the bottom pully. I think it was an 18mm socket on a 3/8 rachet with a 2" extension. Was kind of a ***** becuas you fdont have much room between the fan and the pully to get leverage. Once i broke it free it was a piece of cake. May be easier to just do it yourself then to take the truck in. Just have them give you the CPS.

TXNSLighting
12-07-2007, 12:08 PM
well, look at it this way, if the sensor on a ford fails, the truck can't be driven, if the fuel pump on a chevy fails, the truck can't be driven, and if the tranny on a dodge fails, guess what, the truck can't be driven.

yes sir! what ya gonna do? o well!

TXNSLighting
12-07-2007, 12:13 PM
Miney went out on my 99 7.3 at about 120K. This was about 1 1/2 months ago. Got a new one for $25 and changed it out in about 15minutes. The CPS is located on the front of the motor just below the bottom pully. I think it was an 18mm socket on a 3/8 rachet with a 2" extension. Was kind of a ***** becuas you fdont have much room between the fan and the pully to get leverage. Once i broke it free it was a piece of cake. May be easier to just do it yourself then to take the truck in. Just have them give you the CPS.

i think theyve hopefully improved on the product, otherwise its a pointless recall. cuz the majority of 7.3 owners have already replaced this. some multiple times.

supercuts
12-08-2007, 09:39 AM
figures, the day i read this (yesturday), i load my f550 with firewood, going to deliver it. leaf vac still on the front and box on the rear. driving down the main road, put my blinker on start to hit the brakes, stalls dead in the middle of the main road, rush hour traffic, heavy snow just coating/icying the road.

if this happens, you give it 10 mins to cool the senser down and they fire up. ill be calling ford today. all i was thinking is they cant tow this full of wood with the vac and box on it. i was PO'd.

Pietro
12-09-2007, 11:47 PM
Free work on my truck? OK Fine! lol

TXNSLighting
12-10-2007, 11:50 AM
well i read up, and yes they made them better. as of july 1st 2007.

lwcmattlifter
12-10-2007, 07:59 PM
I'm on my 3rd CPS in a 1997 F-350. I have been told the new CPS is less than $30. I remember paying closer to $100 for the old ones. The new CPSs' are gray. I will find a part number if anyone is interested.

Scag48
12-11-2007, 06:33 PM
I've informed my dad about this recall, although he may do the work himself as it's easy to do, just get the sensor for free and throw it in. He has a '99 F350 with 185K on it, he bought the truck with 100K on it and he hasn't had a CPS failure yet.

BentleyOutdoors
12-11-2007, 11:21 PM
Never replaced mine on my 2000 but it only have 46k on it? I am just waiting becuase i know it will go out.

lawn king
12-12-2007, 06:37 AM
No big surprise on the recall delay, GM never recalled the exploding gas tank pickups, i know because i bought 1 new in 1985. Every time there is a catastrophic accident, they settle!

TXNSLighting
12-12-2007, 09:50 AM
Never replaced mine on my 2000 but it only have 46k on it? I am just waiting becuase i know it will go out.

only 46k on a 2000???!! man thats great! that truck isnt even broke in yet. wow. very rare to see that. i bet thats a beautiful truck.

BentleyOutdoors
12-12-2007, 08:26 PM
only 46k on a 2000???!! man thats great! that truck isnt even broke in yet. wow. very rare to see that. i bet thats a beautiful truck.

Thanks, I love this truck!! Its black and minty!! I have a long time til she is broke in.

TXNSLighting
12-13-2007, 09:21 AM
man can you post some pictures. id like to see that! i think wed all like to see that!