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post #1 of 18 Old 10-16-2011, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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in a bind 96 7.3 f250 psd

can someone help me please. i have a 96 powerstoke 250 4x4. it has 235,000
ive done all the basic stuff to it. oil change. fuel filter, oil cooler rings. has a zf5 manual 5 speed. now i just left mississippi and ive moved to maine. on the no stop 24 hr drive aparently the cross over red battery cable had come off the battery on the passenger side and the cable fell on the battery mount and burned a hole in it, then when it made the connection it melted the led connection to the battery on he driver side. now ive fixed it all and for the first time it will not start. has tons of power to crank but cranks and cranks blows tons of white smoke and wont fire. it is 55 degrees here and when i bought the truck it was in florida and the guy took off the fuel heater. any ideas. sry so long just wanted anyone reading to know as much as possible. thanks anyone with helpfull info.
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Check fuses and your glow plug relay. If the GPR and glow plugs havent been changed then its about time to change them. Mine is in Houston, Tx and when it gets a little nippy out it does the same thing with white smoke and cranking forever.....I did GPR and now I need to do glow plugs. If you got some starting fluid then give it a little spray and it should fire right up. That will tell you if it will still run or not.....but most likely just need GPR and glow plugs. Keep us updated.
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Check fuses and your glow plug relay. If the GPR and glow plugs havent been changed then its about time to change them. Mine is in Houston, Tx and when it gets a little nippy out it does the same thing with white smoke and cranking forever.....I did GPR and now I need to do glow plugs. If you got some starting fluid then give it a little spray and it should fire right up. That will tell you if it will still run or not.....but most likely just need GPR and glow plugs. Keep us updated.
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a rag with alittle gas on it sitting near the air intake will be better on it than either. Yea, disable teh GP's

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I'm leaving all kinds of details out of my postings today! Yes disable GPR! Good catch guys
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Ok so I got two new batterys and a glow plug relay. Changed everything and still lots of smoke and cranking. So guess its the glowplugs. O Yah didn't check back after the first post. And sprayed starter fluid big boom and lit the air filter on fire. Love it, any ideas on where to get good plugs? Thanks.
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Motorcraft glowplugs from your local parts store will do.
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If they don't have them at the local parts store, you can get them off of rock auto
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Thanks for the info. Going to do it in the next two days is there any helpfull info like seals or gaskets I should replace while I'm doing the plugs. Or any helpfull tips or tricks to make it easy on me. Never done it b4. Already have the repair book from chiltons thanks for all the help.
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If you really want to you can do Valve Cover Gaskets and Under Valve Cover Harness. Put some anti seize on the new glow plugs even though it's not required it will make them easier for next time.
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