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Cold start battery issue...Maybe
I have been lurking here for a bit, gleaming knowledge and trying to search before I ask. I am now at a stopping point and about to take the truck back in to be worked on. It is a F250 King Ranch 2005 161XXX miles.
Before I had Hot start issues, after some reading I believed the repair work was beyond me so I took it in. O-rings, HPOP seal and several other items and she was was running like a champ. 2 weeks later I am having cold start issues. I get about 3 two second cranks and my battery is starting to sputter and I can't get the truck started without a jump.
I charged the batteries hoping that would fix it, but nope, I have been plugging in the engine heater, and that helps it (starts right up). Well yesterday left it at the station for 12 hours, cold front came in, and she wouldn't start without a jump. Took it to Auto Zone... I know not the best choice, and they said my starter was pulling to many amps but batteries were good. I pulled the starter and it is showing good now.
What do I do next? Glow plugs? Should my batteries go belly up after only a few cranks? This is my first diesel so I am learning alot with it right now. Also I have one battery that showed charges of 100% and the other 34% BUT showed good? Maybe the other battery is not being used?