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Ever popped the clutch to start a 7.3?

Title says it all. How fast do you have to roll it, and what gear should you be in? Kind of scared to roll it down the hill without power steering or braking, but I have to get it home somehow.
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I had to start my 6.2 GM at different occasion years ago and it was easy.
Just glow and tell everyone to push and as soon as you have a bit of speed on 2nd gear not 1st or bull low and let go the clutch. Actually my wife did the driving while we pushed.
Make sure you glow early enough so the engine will just turn a few turns.

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Yeah no problem. If its cold and hasn't been started in a while it might take a long hill lol.

Get her Rollin and pop it in 2nd should fire right up.


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Yeah no problem. If its cold and hasn't been started in a while it might take a long hill lol.

Get her Rollin and pop it in 2nd should fire right up.


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Exactly what he said. My starter pooped the bed on me last winter. Because of the way the truck was parked I had to roll it backwards and pop the clutch with the trans in reverse... as soon as I let the clutch out she roared up. I did have the advantage of good batteries so the plugs were plenty hot by the time I let the clutch out.
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Got a 30 foot downhill driveway. Put it in reverse as I'm rolling out pop it and go. I probably do it way more than i should. Never had a problem with it but i do turn my key and let the glow plugs get hot first.

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Works great too if you run out of fuel and your batteries aren't great. I just asked the tow truck driver to pull me around the parking lot and after about 30seconds @15mph it fired right up


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I use third gear...little less of a massive jolt to whole drive train. Have seen tires just skid in 2nd and your motor will NOT turn if you try it in first lol.

...oh yeah and as previously mentioned, cycle your glow plugs first. You can start it without them if you are pulling it with another vehicle or have a long hill. If your buddies are pushing they will not be impressed


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just like they said above...just get a little speed, pop the clutch and you're good to go.

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As JJ mentioned, 3rd works better.

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I use third gear...little less of a massive jolt to whole drive train. Have seen tires just skid in 2nd and your motor will NOT turn if you try it in first lol.
Learn something new every day. For fun, I would coast out of my garage and down the alley (all downhill) and unless I started coasting right from the door of the garage, I couldnt get the truck to turn over unless I was just about at the street (200ft away) using 1st gear. It would just let out a grunt, rear duals would skid in the gravel, and come to a stop. Now this game will be even easier with 3rd gear.

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