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post #1 of 12 Old 03-19-2008, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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will not start without being plugged in

my 2000 7.3 will not start without being plugged in (120v heater). I had the glow plugs system checked out and all was well. Is there another sensor that I might be missing? Garage that check it out said I might need a new computer, if so is the dealer the way to go on that?
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Are the glow plugs not energizing, leading them to think it needs a new PCM?

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Are the glow plugs not energizing, leading them to think it needs a new PCM?
No they are energizing, can't understand why it won't start with glow plug system working but will if engine is warm from heater.
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How many miles is on it? I don't see how they could assume it needs a new PCM. If it does run the PCM is probably fine. Are they the ones that checked the glow plug system also?

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Pipelayer they are the same, honest shop tho. The truck has 250,000 miles on it. When he pulled the codes on it he found two that indicated a faulty PCM.
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Doesn't make sense to me as you need the pcm to start the truck whether its plugged in or not.

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I had the same thing going a couple of winters ago. My truck wouldn't fire up even when 50+ degrees. I had to plug it in all the time. I changed the Glow Plug Controller and that solved the issue. Mine didn't throw any codes when it happened, and if it weren't for this website, I may still be plugging my truck in every night.



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I would say check you glow plug relay etc.. and also check your battery cables. I just had a similar problem with mine and it was a bad battery cable.

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one of my batteries was bad and i had the same issue. 2 bats and i was good.

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