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Old 11-26-2008, 01:01 PM
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Update on starting issues. had hard start issues again, after truck sat almost two weeks (not plugged in). ran great once it was warm. truck was up to operating temp. then sat about 30 min. cranked and cranked but would not start until i floored the pedal. then it was fine. it has never done that before, ever. at temp it starts right up( 1-2 cranks). today i plugged it in for two hours (it sat for 1.5 days prior). it cranked, caught, and died. cranked, caught and i hit the throttle pedal once. it fired up and when i let off it chugged for a second and then settled into normal idle. not sure what may be wrong. it seems to blowing a large amount of blue smoke, continuously now. when i bought it it would do it right after startup and thats it. spent a lot of money for new glowplugs, glowplug relay, glowplug harnesses, valve cover gaskets, fuel flush and trans flush in February 2008.n plus two new batteries. not sure what to try next
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Old 11-26-2008, 01:40 PM
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is it getting enough fuel to start?
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:45 PM
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i honestly don't know. that was my first thought. the guy i bought it from is a diesel mechanic by trade and he told me it can't be the fuel pump because it's a mechanical pump. it wll never go bad. i dont know how to check if its getting enough fuel or not. and i figured there is no way to test that pump because its mechanical. thanks for you reply and help
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your welcome, it could be something in your fuel system like the injectors or it could be something in your fuel causing your truck to not start and run properly. how many miles are on the engine?
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:03 AM
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the fuel is about a month old, from the usual place i go to. the truck has been sitting a lot since i got that fuel. it has a bad u-joint and i have not had time to change it yet. the motor has approx. 104,000 on it. it is from a 1995 E-350 hotel shuttle. the truck has 208,000 on it. the fuel filter was supposedly replace in february 2008 when all the other stuff was done by the Ford dealer.
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:35 AM
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have u tried adding any diesel fuel additives yet? sometimes that helps make your truck run better.
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Blue smoke, sounds like oil in the cylinders. Might be leaking past the valves!
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:13 PM
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Oil in the cylinders? I was afraid of something llike that. The truck was never low on oil so far though. I will check it again. The truck runs great once it starts. The smoke seems to stop after the truck is driven. It happens during after-start idling. I have not noticed any smoke after the truck has been driven. Although, during cold weather, there is a whoosing sound from the back of the truck. It is definately not there during warm weather.
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Let's do the easy bits first. Check the fuel water separator and replace the fuel filters.
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ok, i am new to this. where do i find the water seperator? i was supposed to be shown by my friend but never was. truck was started two days ago. it cranked longer than it ever has before it caught. it still seems like it isnt pushing fuel through and so it isnt firing up quick. i may be off on that though. its just a thought
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