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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-13-2007, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Cold start issue

Went out to start the pickup this morning and it ran badly for about 3 minutes. I thought maybe the fuel was slightly gelled so I was hoping that the engine heat would warm it up a bit. It ended up dieing and I left it until the wife could bring me some anti-gel stuff from town. Put most of the bottle in the tank and when I went to put the rest in the filter housing, it wasn't gelled. Started it and it ran badly for about 15 seconds and died again. Cranks at about 200 rpm and we hooked the cables to it to keep the battery up. I'm stumped. Anyone have an idea? Forgot to mention that it ran like a demon yesterday.

1996 F250, 219K miles, manual tranny. Beans Diesel Stage 1 injectors, 5 position chip, homemade intake, 5 in. straight pipe exhaust.
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Fuel pump? Remove the cap, drain the res and crank and see if it fills again.

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Ran fine yesterday so I don't know why the fuel pump would go out over night. I've had the lid off the filter 3 times today and every time it is full after cranking, so I would guess that it is filling.

1996 F250, 219K miles, manual tranny. Beans Diesel Stage 1 injectors, 5 position chip, homemade intake, 5 in. straight pipe exhaust.
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I think that the mechanical pumps on the obs trucks is a two stage pump the top part pushes the fuel through the filter and the bottom part builds the high pressure to supply the injectors so I would go ahead and check your fuel pressure and see what your getting.

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Intercooler is from ATS. Previous owner put that in there.

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Got it going. Looked at getting a new cord for the heater but at almost $60 I figured I would play with it a little before I spent money on something I could fix. I knew the problem with the cord was at the plug, so I bought a new plug and put it on, plugged it in for a while and after a bit of cranking it fired up and ran. I'll check the fuel pressure at idle later this afternoon. Thanks to everyone for tossing out ideas.

1996 F250, 219K miles, manual tranny. Beans Diesel Stage 1 injectors, 5 position chip, homemade intake, 5 in. straight pipe exhaust.
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