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Old 10-28-2006, 08:51 AM
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Tough to start after setting overnight

Hey everyone, new to the forum, finally got my powerstroke I always wanted Hoping someone can help me out with some problems. My truck is rough starting when I leave it set for 6 or 8 hrs. It cranks but does not fire for alittle bit. I crank it for 10 to 15 seconds then turn the key off and back on and try it again, it usually takes 8 to 10 trys to get it to fire. It puffs white smoke while cranking and smells like raw fuel. I it has been in the 30's and 40's here. It started after leaving it sit for about 20 days while I was away. I plugged it in a couple nights ago and it has started every morning without a problem. Any ideas besides keeping it plugged in would be appreciated.

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Old 10-28-2006, 10:56 AM
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You either need to change your glow plug relay or your glow plugs themsleves...try the relay first it is cheaper and much much easier
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:23 AM
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When I had my '95 P.S., same exact problem. I had 2 out of the 8 glow pugs working. I replaced them all, and was good to go. It would take me about 10 minutes of cycling the plugs to get it started. Or like you did, plug it in, and it was good to go. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-28-2006, 02:41 PM
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Seems like a common problem, my friend on around town and on here (96stroker) just replaced all of his about 2 weeks back..
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Old 10-28-2006, 06:48 PM
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RE: Problem

I'd bet on the Relay being the problem.

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Old 10-28-2006, 06:58 PM
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Check this link out
http://www.powerstrokeforum.com/foru...ead.php?t=1027
The picture of this guy is funny but he give good advise.

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Old 10-28-2006, 08:17 PM
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How much will it cost for all 8 Glow-plugs? I know all but the #7 and #8 are easy to change. Any info would help a great deal. I will be installing the on a 96 2wd psd. Thanks.
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Old 10-29-2006, 07:08 AM
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Re: Glow Plugs prices

I bought motorcraft glow plugs and paid about $9.00 each for them. I was in a hurry and didn't shop around so you might beat this price. There are some links in the forum that discuss the replacement of glow plugs you might want to check out.

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Old 10-29-2006, 07:38 AM
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Also, I just got done working on my system over the weekend..clean your battery cables (both ends!) and the connections on the GPR for corrosion before you run out and buy a new relay! All that was wrong w/ mine was dirty cables. Also, have your batteries load tested, if they fail and you get new ones your problem will most likely be fixed.
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Old 10-29-2006, 09:28 AM
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I had the same problem on a '95 I had. It was the plugs. The relay should stay on for a few seconds, not cycle on-off quickly. Never had a problem on my '97 though, other than battery cables.
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