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Help! Truck wont start w/o plugging it in!
ok, I have a 1995 F250 with the 7.3 Powerstroke (early 95). It's been a great truck but this winter I started having cold starting issues. I live in the Pacific Northwest and it hasn't been all that cold with lows in the high 30's/ low 40's. The truck will not start unless I use the block heater for about an hour or so and when it does fire up, it blows a lot of white smoke. Other than that, it runs and drives great.
I've been looking around this forum for a few days and let me give you a bit of backround info:
Starter and batteries are new as of 6 months ago. WHen I turn the key to the "on" position, I hear the glow plug relay 'click' and the WTS light comes on for about 6 seconds. If I try to start it cold, it will crank over just fine, but it will not fire. I think it's the glow plugs but I dont want to buy new ones just to have the same problem so I'm hoping someone out there might have some ideas.
Other info about the truck - its a super cab long bed, 175,xxx miles, 2wd and I had replaced the ICP and IPR about a year ago when I had the high pressure fuel lines fail. Other than that, it's stock/original. I have to park the truck a bit from my house so I'm having to run a 100' cord everyday just to get it running and a few of my neighbors have been complaining about the 'trip hazard' the extension cord is causing.
If it is the glow plugs, do I need special tools to remove/ replace them?
Thanks for looking!