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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Pikeville, KY
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Newbie w/ Starting problem (need help)
Last night I took delivery of a 95 (reg. cab/long bed) F-250 PSD and it seems to have somewhat of a starting problem. I tried starting it this evening and it cranked & cranked but would not start,..........until I sprayed a little starting fluid down the intake tract. I know that this is a big :nono: , but it absolutely would not do anything. I cranked it so much that you could tell the batteries were getting weak.
Could this be an issue with the glow plugs? Todays temps were in the mid 50's, so I don't know if that had anything to do with it or not?
I went back out and tried to start it again 3 hours later (after I let it idle for 20 minutes when I first strated it) and it fired right up.
I bought the truck off Ebay, so I don't know much about the history, or Diesels in general for that matter.
I've never had a diesel before or ever done any work to one, so needless to say I'm somewhat lost as far as what to do. But,......... (not trying to brag), I do have a vast knowledge of mechanics in general and of gasoline engines. As the main reason I bought this truck for, is to pull my 93 F-150 Lightning Drag Truck [That I built from the ground up by myself over a period of almost 2-years] to & from the track. (514 Big-Block that runs high 9's in the 1/4)
Anyone that might be able to shed some light on what my problem might be, I would really appreciate it, as racing season is upon me and I need to get this thing lined out quickly.