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Old 12-01-2012, 07:52 AM
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Not a Cold Start Prob - Rather a Non-Daily Start Prbblem?

2001 F350 Crew Dually
I've searched and searched. At first I though I had a cold start problem. So I got the glow plugs replaced + upgraded w/the Stancor relay.

Turned out my problem was not even cold start issue. It's a problem of NOT starting only when I let vehicle sit for more than 3 days. If I crank it EVERY day = NO Problems, cold or not. If I crank it every other day, it's slow to crank but still cranks. IF I wait more than 3 days, it's impossible to crank without squirting fuel or ether into the intake.

I've check the fuel pump pressure, it's showing 65 on gauge, so I'm not sure where to go now ?? It has new batteries replace last August, proper oil, proper winter diesel fuel, and new starter, new plugs. I can't find ANY fuel leaks, nothing underneath, nothing on the engine trough. It runs strong and just fine, no other problems at all. ???

Thoughts or suggestions ? Time to take it into shop ?? Or just go crank it every day and not worry about it ? (hard to do when I leave for out of town trips)

Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:55 AM
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2001 F350 Crew Dually
I've searched and searched. At first I though I had a cold start problem. So I got the glow plugs replaced + upgraded w/the Stancor relay.

Turned out my problem was not even cold start issue. It's a problem of NOT starting only when I let vehicle sit for more than 3 days. If I crank it EVERY day = NO Problems, cold or not. If I crank it every other day, it's slow to crank but still cranks. IF I wait more than 3 days, it's impossible to crank without squirting fuel or ether into the intake.

I've check the fuel pump pressure, it's showing 65 on gauge, so I'm not sure where to go now ?? It has new batteries replace last August, proper oil, proper winter diesel fuel, and new starter, new plugs. I can't find ANY fuel leaks, nothing underneath, nothing on the engine trough. It runs strong and just fine, no other problems at all. ???

Thoughts or suggestions ? Time to take it into shop ?? Or just go crank it every day and not worry about it ? (hard to do when I leave for out of town trips)

Thanks!
I'd pull the HPOP reservoir cover off after it sits for three days and see if the level is low.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:06 AM
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Maybe just take the plug out and stick the allenwrench you used down there

It should be @ 1" down from the top...
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:10 AM
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Ok, will check that, THANKS !!
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