HELP!! HARD STARTING WHEN COLD! HELP!!
Hello everyone, Im new to the boards here, I own a towing business here in Winter Park Florida. I have 1 2001 f450 7.3 Pwerstroke and 1 2002 f450 7.3 Powerstroke. It has been a bit chilly here in florida over the past few weeks. Down in the 30's if you consider that cold. Every cold morning my trucks cranks and cranks but will NOT start easily. I wait for the "wait to start" light to turn off and try it. About 7 or 8 times i cycle this. It will eventually start but i dont see what the problem could be. This happens to BOTH of my trucks. In the summer time NO ISSUES whatsoever. I have tried a shot of starting fluid just to see if that works. and SOMETIMES it helps. I try not to use that stuff at all. It gets to the point when im almost draining the batteries before it will finally start. When they are started they SMOKE like crazy because of the built up fuel in the motor. Once i get them running. They run like a champ. I keep my trucks VERY well maintained. They are definately workhorses. and usually have minimal problems at all. Just basic wear and tear. My 2001 has 330,000 miles on it and my 2002 has 167,000 miles. I just cant figure out where to start looking to solve this starting issue. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you very much for the help. I look forward to meeting new people here on the boards. Mike