Positional starting? - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
Please Visit our Site Sponsors
Powerstroke.org is the premier Diesel Truck Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-15-2014, 08:31 PM
Compression Ignition Addict

Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 175
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Positional starting?

We spent the weekend in high-country where it got down to ALMOST freezing at night.
My truck was parked on a bit of an incline the whole time - nose down. When I went to start up to leave, I had a helluva time. She cranked and cranked and when she finally caught, there was white smoke everywhere. Those sitting behind me said that the exhaust pipe blew a perfect smoke "ring" during this!

My question is....will parking on a slant cause this? All of my GP's are new.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 06-15-2014, 09:24 PM
Serving Our Country!

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Manor, TX
Posts: 2,960
Thanks: 0
Thanked 23 Times in 22 Posts
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
Your glow plugs have to be working to start in that temp but it is possible that some of them have a bad wire or burnt connector. Check around the valve cover gasket/harness for any signs of burning or chafing.

The other thing is how long did you wait after turning the key to run till you tried to crank it? The WTS light is an idiot gauge, glow plugs can stay on for up to two minutes even with the light out. When it's really cold out, turn the key to run and wait a minute or two. Sometimes you may even have to cycle the key a few times.

Otherwise, it's normal for a diesel to blow a bunch of white smoke on start up when it's cold.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-16-2014, 01:26 PM
Compression Ignition Addict

Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 263
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Your glow plugs are new - but what about the relay?

"Hard starting & blowing a ton of white smoke" is consistent with the glow plugs not getting any power, and the stock relay is a known weak point.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
What state or province do you live in?
Security Question
*Required, this field is not shown to others. Enter the last two characters of the word "Powerstroke"
Security Question #2
*Required, this field is not shown to others. "While balancing on a piece of wood, two inches by four inches known as a 2x4, john and his friend sally both spotted a dalmatian inside a truck with sirens, headed to put out a fire. State the animal mentioned in the sentence above."
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:20 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.