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Stranded w/ my '05

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I had the brilliant idea of taking my '05 PSD CC SB on a 2000+ mile (each way) road trip. I was 300 miles away from returning home after 1900 miles and three days of driving w/ my wife and 7 mo. old daughter when the unthinkable happened.

I had the cruise control set at about 75mph (the speed limit) when all of a sudden I lost all power for about 3 seconds. Then the engine died completely. I was on an interstate 100+ miles from the nearest town in a very hot region. There was an off-ramp right where it died (luckily) that I was able to coast to the end of. I tried to start the engine with no success. It cranked fine but would not start. I called the emergency roadside assistance line and 2 1/2 hours later a tow truck came to pick us up.

We were dropped off by the tow truck at a hotel 120 miles away and my truck taken to the local Ford dealer last night. They have had the truck all day today and cannot figure out what the issue is. I'm very frustrated because I need to get home with my family and get back to my job.

I've had the truck in for service twice for a supposedly leaking oil pressure regulator valve. I just had it replaced before my return trip (1900 miles ago) and it appears to be leaking from the same place once again. I don't know if this is related to my current problem.

This is becoming a very expensive problem for me (hotel, food, lost days on the job) and I'm not sure what to do.

Anyone have any ideas or had a similar experience? Will Ford offer any help?

Thanks for reading.
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You probably had the distribution block on the back of the high pressure oil pump blow off. It is a common failure on the 05's. There is nothing you could have done to cause it or prevent it. The dealership will typically see a low cranking icp (less than about 300 psi) and an air test of the system will result in a small air leak noise that seems to come from the center rear of the engine. It is a pretty labor intensive job to do; it takes me about 3.5 hours to do it. If that is the problem, the recommended repair is replacement of the fitting on the pump, and replacement of the distribution block. Let me guess - you have between 20,000 and 35,000 miles on your truck?

As for your leak, you may have a front crank seal leaking. It appears at the same location. It is unrelated to the distribution block failure.

Sorry to hear about your inconvenience. Thank goodness I haven't had a vehicle failure with my 3 year old present yet.
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