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Unhappy Ether?

I had some problems starting my truck the last two times. I left my truck sit at work for 2 days. First time this year that it got down to 27-33 degres over nite. Tried starting it that afternoon- did the glow plugs about 5 times and tried starting it. Wont start. Kept doing the same pattern till the battery started getting week. So i squirted some ether in and then finally it started. Did the same thing Friday. left it sitover nite but started sat afternoon. Left it run for a minute or 2 and contued working. It got down to 26 last night. this afternoon i finally had to use ether to get it started. Running straight diesel from pump, no additives or anti-gel stuff. Someone thought my fuel pumps bad.

Any thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!
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Are you sure your glow plugs are working? glow plug relay?
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I had a crank but no start problem about a month ago. I also used Ether/WD-40 to get the truck to fire. Changed IPR(Injection Pressure Regulator) sensor and the ICP(Injection Control Pressure) sensor myself on seperate occasions, niether worked. Took it to the dealer, turns out my injector o-rings were worn and cracked(the technician actually showed me the pictures. I have have 99 7.3 with 150,000 miles. Hopefully this can help.-Trevor
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I would look into a block heater!
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I had some problems starting my truck the last two times. I left my truck sit at work for 2 days. First time this year that it got down to 27-33 degres over nite. Tried starting it that afternoon- did the glow plugs about 5 times and tried starting it. Wont start. Kept doing the same pattern till the battery started getting week. So i squirted some ether in and then finally it started. Did the same thing Friday. left it sitover nite but started sat afternoon. Left it run for a minute or 2 and contued working. It got down to 26 last night. this afternoon i finally had to use ether to get it started. Running straight diesel from pump, no additives or anti-gel stuff. Someone thought my fuel pumps bad.

Any thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!
What year truck? If its an 03 with less then a 100k this should be a warranty issue. The truck should start at those temps without a problem. I havent plugged mine in yet this year

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My guess would be that your glow plugs aren't working. If they were, I can almost guarantee that they don't now that you've used ether. Glow plugs and ether don't mix! Hot glowing objects plus volatile ether go boom when you don't want it to. Usually the glow plugs removed from a truck that's had ether are about half the size that they once were because they get shattered.

If you don't have a way to read codes, you need to go to Autozone and have them scan your truck for DTCs. They will do it for free and should be able to tell you where the problem is.
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id check into glow plugs. if your truck fires and runs after a shot of either then its the glow plugs or relay for the glow plugs. your truck wont even start in the summer time with bad glow plugs. a good block heater wouldnt hurt either.



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i guess ill look at my glow plugs. The light comes on and then goes off after about 10 sec or so. thought they were working. It is an 03 with 69,988 miles on it. How long does this truck warremty last?
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i guess ill look at my glow plugs. The light comes on and then goes off after about 10 sec or so. thought they were working. It is an 03 with 69,988 miles on it. How long does this truck warremty last?
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I had the same problem this afternoon. My truck was sitting for 24hrs, I had the iPod plugged in, cell charger and when it wouldn't turnover the first time, I turned on my turbo timer and it was reading 10Vs!!!! I just kept trying and it finally started after about 5 tries. I think it being so durn cold today assisted in the 'no start' as well. Check your battery voltage and see if that is the problem. I did notice that after starting, the voltage came up to 12.8Vs in about 5 mins.


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