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Old 11-01-2006, 10:29 AM
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Engine won't start

I've got a '99 F250 w/7.3L TDI. This morning was cold and I didn't plug in the block heater. First start attempt it was chuggin' so I shut it down and left the key on longer to give the glowplugs a little more time to heat. Next start attempt the engine was not firing (no exhaust) but I did notice a low clicking noise while cranking the engine. There is fuel in the fuel filter bowl and the engine oil level is good. Anyone have any ideas as to a possible problem?
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I've got a '99 F250 w/7.3L TDI. This morning was cold and I didn't plug in the block heater. First start attempt it was chuggin' so I shut it down and left the key on longer to give the glowplugs a little more time to heat. Next start attempt the engine was not firing (no exhaust) but I did notice a low clicking noise while cranking the engine. There is fuel in the fuel filter bowl and the engine oil level is good. Anyone have any ideas as to a possible problem?
Are the batteries original?
Take them out and go have them load tested.
Sounds like old week batteries.
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Thanks CHenry ... put the batteries on a charger for and the engine fired up immediately. I never would have thought of that as the problem without your help. Well, I'm off to get new batteries. Thanks again.
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Old 12-01-2006, 02:37 PM
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Lightbulb Engine will not start

I have had similar problems with my '95. First, find your cold-start solenoid on the left/passenger side of the engine compartment. Turn the ignition key to the warm glow-plug position. There will be 2 visible screws and one with a covered terminal, smaller than the other two. Remove the covering to the smaller screw. Using a screwdriver with a plastic non-conductive handle, touch the larger screw(the one with the battery connector cables/other wires attached) and the smaller, now exposed screw, simultaneously. This will create an arc and the engine will either click as before or start. If it starts, your solenoid is going out. If it clicks, be prepared to say goodbye to your starter. Another way to check the starter is to have someone attempt to start you truck while you try to directly arc the starter itself. I suggest wearing protective eyeglasses. The dust and dirt can be horrendous! Be sure not to over turn your key and give the glow plugs a break so that one problem does not lead to another(glow-plug burn-out). Refer to the trucks manual for glow-plug info for starting
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Engine won't start

Sounds to me like you had enough power to crank but not enough to run the pcm. There are other threads on here and it has been stated many times you need at least 10.5 volts to run the pcm. So if you have enough volts to crank it you may not have enough battery power to run the pcm. I have had this problem a few times. Hook up the battery charger put it on start. Got in the truck and crank it over and the truck started right up.
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