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Old 11-10-2012, 06:50 PM
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1999 F350 7.3 fires but no start

Hey, new guy here...I have searched and googled, but I haven't found my answer. It's probably because I am new to diesels and don't know what I'm doing. I'm buying a work truck (99 F350 7.3 4x4) that has been sitting for a few years. I read the basics on starting it and did all that. The tach is jumping a little and fuel is there but don't know pressure. I here it wanting to start but won't. It turns over, stumbles a few times and goes back to just turning over. I feel like its going to start the next go around and does the same thing. I ran out of time today and going to try again in the am, but does this sound familiar to anyone? Am I close or do I still have a lot to check. It's more about the challenge and I'm still reading, but if anyone has some insight it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Also trying to figure out this phone app. Sorry if I posted in the wrong spot.


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Not an answer for you... but someone with a scanner would really help tell you what is and isn't happening. There maybe a member close to you that could scan it for you?

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when you say sitting for a few years, did you drain the tank? Old fuel becomes pretty nasty . Might want to drain the tank and change out the fuel filter if you havent done that already. Take a look at the fuel filter when you pull it, if your trying to start it with that old fuel i bet its fouled up.

It shouldnt be an issue unless its pretty cold out but you might want to check your glow plugs as well.

Good luck!! Welcome to the forum

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Old 11-11-2012, 11:08 AM
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I read in a few threads that diesel doesn't really go bad and to just add fresh to the existing, so I did that. I thought it would at least start and maybe run rough if the fuel was bad. I'll try draining the tank next AND hire a mechanic with a scanner to help me. Thanks for your help


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diesel goes bad.. Put some in a jar and let it sit and watch......it breaks down, changes color, gets moisture in it, turns to crap. Look at your fuel filter as well.

Im sure ill catch some flak for this but diesel can start breaking down if un treated and in improper conditions in 6 months.

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