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Old 06-15-2014, 08:31 PM
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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.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:24 PM
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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.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:26 PM
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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.
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