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Just a bit of concern yesterday! Happy ending, after all!

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The wife and I headed up on a road trip yesterday, pulling off US 93, and heading up over a trail that includes a long, steep grade on not much more than an old mining trail, (Cherry Creek Rd) reaching an elevation around 8950 ft. over Antelope Pass, and then dropping into Copper Basin and the head waters of the Big Lost River.

The day was 'around' 85-90 deg, zero wind, zero clouds.  Absolutely gorgeous.  

We took the 04 F250 with the Triton V10 on the trip, because it is SO comfortable.  Had the air conditioner on, crawling up the grade over that pass, and around 8000 ft, we got a check engine light, the temp gauge pegged, and the motor started running on perhaps 5 cylinders.  NO place to turn around, or for that matter, maneuver so that we could take advantage of the few up-canyon breezes.  Also, the "pucker factor" was up around 8.5-9, as a look out the passenger window revealed a drop, with nothing between there and the bottom of the draw, of around 1,000 feet!

Sooooo......we pulled off, made lunch, let the dogs chase ground squirrels, shot the "new" 10-22 a bit bit, and, after a short nap, and around an hour and a half wait, the temp came down, and we started up, and went on our way, though this time with the AC off, in a lower gear to keep the engine rpm's up, with less lugging, and to move a bit more air through the radiator.

Now, we've apparently "set a code".  The engine now runs as well as it ever has, with all the power it ever had, we just have a "full time" check engine light that we'll have to see about getting rid of.

 

 

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The code should be helpful...Great country for a crisis, though remote, too.  You have terrific access.  Trust the wife still likes your F250...

 

Let us know the code.  A simple OBD II code reader will retrieve it.  The repair could be more involved.  Curious whether this is just an inadequate cooling episode...Lots of BTUs with a Triton V-10.

 

Moses

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