New to Diesel- 6.0 cold weather question/problem - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 Old 11-06-2012, 09:54 AM Thread Starter Rookie
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
New to Diesel- 6.0 cold weather question/problem

Ok, so, I am fairly new to diesel. I have an '03 F-250 with the 6.0 which I love, but I have been experiencing some hard-starting issues as the weather gets colder. For all I know it could just be typical, but I'd like to do what I can to relieve it or fix it if need be.

I purchased the truck about 7 months ago with the only known performance modifications being the typical intake/exhaust combo.

I typically leave for work about 0515hrs and as the cold weather moves in for the season, I have been been experiencing the following-
- Extremely rough idle upon start up, takes a while to get to normal
- about 15- 30 seconds of alot this white/light gray smoke

Due to the fact that I have to park a ways from the house, plugging in at night is not an option really. I do plan on an additive formulated for cold weather to help though hopefully.

So, my question is-

Is this typical? Or does it appea I may have a problem on my hands?

Also, is there anything I can do to help with combat the cold?

03diesel is offline  
post #2 of 4 Old 11-06-2012, 01:10 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
southend's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Gulf Coast
Posts: 5,201
Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
First you need a monitor........Write Up: Monitoring the 6.0L PSD.
It shouldn't be that bad, what are the temps? What oil and filters are you running?
You should load test your batteries, and preform the ficm check procedure.

Sent from my phone that somebody didn't help me get.

Unfortunately had to Sell my ......2004 KR CC SWB FX4 - Edge insight cts, blue spring upgrade, updated HFCM drain plug, XDP coolant filter, CAT EC-1 rated coolant, Custom Diesel EGR delete, CAT delete, Rotella T6

southend is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 11-13-2012, 05:44 AM Rookie
coalburner03's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Temperance, Mi
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I would like to add that it sounds like a typical case of stiction to me. What kind of oil are you running I would recommend rotella t6 5w-40 and motorcraft filters also some rev x or hotshot secret wouldnt hurt it a bit.

03 F250 4x4 Crew short box
6.0 PSD
Kitty ran away, muff ran away
Zoodad, Recon LED cab lights amber of course
107,000 so far

1984 F250 6.9IDI 4spd 4x4
Reg cab Long box
682,000 and counting

Odd duck of the bunch
2001 Ram 2500 4x4 360 auto 4x4 Service Truck
8' 2" Boss V
Reg cab , service body, onboard air, welder, torches, tools, rolling heavy equip shop
128,000 so far

Ford makes it, International Shakes it....
coalburner03 is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 11-17-2012, 03:23 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
Pistolgrip426's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Ottawa,canada
Posts: 281
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
depending on how cold your climate is,try titan pan heaters,they have a 12 volt, low wattage oil pan heater,will keep oil at 140*F overnite. controlled by a thermostat,about $100

2004.5 F-550,4x4,6.0,auto,CTS monitored,
Performance Machine egr delete,caterpillar elc,blue spring, CTS Monitor,flat plate agm batteries,K8 code, super tow pkg. (4.88),twin line recovery wrecker.
Pistolgrip426 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome