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Old 10-08-2008, 06:06 PM
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97 Powerstroke White Smoke

Hello All,

I'm sure you all have had this one plenty of times before, but I am new to the forum, and it may take DAYS for me to find it.

I have a 97 F250 PSD w/ 146,000 miles on the clock. When I start it, it puffs a pretty big cloud of white smoke. After the initial cloud, it just has a steady white haze until it warms up. The exhaust smells VERY strong, almost bad enough to burn your eyes. Once warmed up, it does fine, no smoke, all day long, even after sitting at work for a little while, then the next morning it does it all over again.

Not sure what would cause this, but I am leaning toward glow plugs, or......GULP.....injectors.

What are your thoughts???

Thanks in advance!!
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My first though would be the glow plugs. Maybe the injector o-rings could be burnt up? have you checked the oil lately
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:21 PM
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does it start ok? or does it turn over for a while? if it was the injector orings, it usually puts out a blue-ish smoke. also leaning towards glow plugs and/or GPR
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Oil level is good. It starts ok, but sometimes kind of a rough start. I don't know how to describe it. I don't have to crank it long, but usually starts better when cold if I wait about 10 more seconds after the wait to start light goes out, and not quit as much smoke initially, but I still get the haze until up to op temp. Are glow plugs a relatively inexpensive thing to replace??

Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:55 PM
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mine does that also. but only when it gets cold and its been in the 30s here. its not glow plugs cause i just replaced all of mine. a lot of the older fords do it. mine has 251xxx on the clock
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:08 PM
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Hello All,

I'm sure you all have had this one plenty of times before, but I am new to the forum, and it may take DAYS for me to find it.

I have a 97 F250 PSD w/ 146,000 miles on the clock. When I start it, it puffs a pretty big cloud of white smoke. After the initial cloud, it just has a steady white haze until it warms up. The exhaust smells VERY strong, almost bad enough to burn your eyes. Once warmed up, it does fine, no smoke, all day long, even after sitting at work for a little while, then the next morning it does it all over again.

Not sure what would cause this, but I am leaning toward glow plugs, or......GULP.....injectors.

What are your thoughts???

Thanks in advance!!
Mine does the same exact things exact to the T i was told it was because of glow plugs or my glow plug relay was going out or injector O-rings need replaced but i have learned to live with it i am going to do new injectors soon if that doesnt fix it then i will assess the problem at that time but its not affecting my performance o hurting my truck so it doesnt bother me at all. BTW WELCOME TO THE ORG let see some pics of your rig???
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:10 PM
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My 97 blows a tiny puff of white smoke in the mornin but thats it..
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:42 PM
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THANKS!!

Hey thanks everyone for the input. As soon as I sell another truck of mine, I will be ordering stage 1 injectors so if that doesn't fix the cold start smoking, then I will know to look at the glow plug system. THANKS AGAIN!!
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:12 AM
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so if the smoke is just white, not blueish it is not bad injector o-rings, probably need new glow plugs. i just installed a new glow plug relay. and that didnt help the problem. I have a 97 with 198,000.
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