i did the whole search thing and read through the tech files and there is just too much info to try and figure out where i should start with mine.
i have a 2003 7.3 that i don't drive very much
if i start the truck every day or two it starts and runs fine
if i leave it for a few days, it chugs with the starter for a few minutes before it will finally idle on it's on
once it starts and idles on it's own, it runs like a bag of feces for a few minutes
i tried starting it today after it had been sitting for 2 weeks. i checked the oil in the HPOP reservoir before i did anything and the level was down about 1/2" from the top which seems to be about normal as it goes down to this level after sitting overnight. i checked that trying to start the truck because i was sure that it was draining down and causing my problems but it doesn't seem to be the problem. it took about 5 minutes of cranking before it finally started today. it blew out puffs of black smoke as the starter cranked it over. after it started up i put it in drive and it didn't have enough power to move the truck. i had to run it at high idle for about 2 minutes before it had enough power to move on it's own. once i got it to move, i drove it for about 500' before it turned into an awesome running truck with no problems.
i checked the glow plugs with my ammeter and they are drawing about 50 amps per bank (just over 100 amps total)
the GPR is clicking in
after the truck has started and warmed up for a few minutes, it runs awesome with no problems at all.
what should my next step be here?.... something leads me to believe i have injector issues but it seems to me that injector issues would be there with a hot or cold engine.