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Old 06-22-2014, 04:03 AM
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Last minute questions cold starts

I am buying the truck Monday and i have not been able to start the truck cold mostly due to the truck is the guys daily driver and the only times I have been able to hook up with him is after work when It has been driven. How much should I worry about this? Thank and any other info for a 1st timer would be great, i know that used trucks if they run good usually are what they are and most stuff you can see on gas trucks but on the diesel i am a virgin 1st one ever. Thanks
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Old 06-22-2014, 04:22 AM
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I would meet the guy in the morning at his house BEFORE he starts it up. Chances are if its his DD then your not gonna have issues. But I know if I just took him at his word and something did go wrong, I would break my own leg trying to bend my foot around to kick my own azz.
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Old 06-22-2014, 04:25 AM
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If it's his DD I would worry to much till fall comes around, it's not gonna be as issue either way this time of year
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:16 AM
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Cold start problems are almost always either the glow plug relay (the usual case), or the actual glow plugs (less often). The relay is a dead simple fix (put in a better relay).

Also, they're not actually needed to start the truck as long as it's not below freezing (ish).

If it runs solidly and has no issues when warmed up, there's very likely nothing wrong with how it starts either. Worst case, it'll take a few cranks to light up - mine did that when I got it, and I found the glow plug relay completely failed.

But if it's the guy's daily driver, I don't think you're likely to find too much wrong with it. You should ask about coolant anti-cavitation status, though. It's a commonly neglected item that can do major block damage if ignored.
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Old 06-22-2014, 02:58 PM
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coolant anti-cavitation status

When I ask him what should be his correct answer, he is supposed to be a mechanic at a dodge dealer in town, or at least he works in their garage, he seems knowledgible i just dont know much about diesels. Any help thanks!
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