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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-12-2007, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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cold weather starting - not!

I have a 1999 F350. It has been getting tougher and slower to start in near zero to 10 degree conditions. Yesterday was a no go at all. Some fire but very little. Even had it plugged in. Air filter, fuel filter and oil changed last week. I'm new to diesels - help?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-12-2007, 06:31 PM
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How old are the batteries? These trucks need a lot of cranking power to fire them up.

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Check the glow plugs and/or glow plug relay. Same thing happened to me last week! Had to wrap a concrete blanket around the truck and stick a kerosene heater underneath the engine and nuked it for a couple of hours, Then it fired up and i could drive the thing into a warm place to check it out.
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Batteries were installed last summer. New alternator.

I bought the truck in June and the previous owner really took good care of her!
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Where are you located, you had the truck plugged in and it wouldn't fire? What motor oil are you running? It would help a lot to switch to a lower weight oil if your still running 15W40, I run the the 5W40 Shell Rotella in the winter months, and it makes a big difference. I would say you also want to check you glow plug system.

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I live in Michigan. I just put 5-40 synthetic in the truck two weeks ago. Changed the oil, air and fuel filters. I'm too inexperienced with diesels to know what to look at next. But I really like my Big Boy's Truck!
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i had the same thing happen to me. turns out one of my batts was weak. replaced it and all is good
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