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TONS OF SMOKE NO POWER.

Alright guys i have a 2000 7.3 powerstroke that wouldnt start in the cold weather unless its plugged in. if i dont plug it in it will start and run for maybe a min then just dies. i can hold the accelerator to the floor and no power and it will still die. the only way i can get it to start and stay running if it aint plugged in is keep starting it over and over till it starts up and shakes lik it gonna die then it finally starts to idle. now when im driving down the road between shifts in abot 2grand to 3grand on rpms the truck will bellow out white smoke and i can put accelerator to the floor and it has no power at all then it will finally clear up then it does it over and over again. any ideas?
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Alright guys i have a 2000 7.3 powerstroke that wouldnt start in the cold weather unless its plugged in. if i dont plug it in it will start and run for maybe a min then just dies. i can hold the accelerator to the floor and no power and it will still die. the only way i can get it to start and stay running if it aint plugged in is keep starting it over and over till it starts up and shakes lik it gonna die then it finally starts to idle. now when im driving down the road between shifts in abot 2grand to 3grand on rpms the truck will bellow out white smoke and i can put accelerator to the floor and it has no power at all then it will finally clear up then it does it over and over again. any ideas?
There's a couple of things it could be, so let's name the most common. 1st & foremost, have you scanned for codes? It'll give you a general area of where your problem is. By the sound of it, I'd always check the fuel bowl/filter 1st. Check the condition of the filter & also the fuel. If the fuel is really cruddy-looking, your next place to check would be the pickup screen in your fuel tank. The screen is known for accumilating crud & could cause these problems. There are a couple of other things it could be, but check these areas 1st & see about getting some codes.

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Alright guys i have a 2000 7.3 powerstroke that wouldnt start in the cold weather unless its plugged in. if i dont plug it in it will start and run for maybe a min then just dies. i can hold the accelerator to the floor and no power and it will still die. the only way i can get it to start and stay running if it aint plugged in is keep starting it over and over till it starts up and shakes lik it gonna die then it finally starts to idle. now when im driving down the road between shifts in abot 2grand to 3grand on rpms the truck will bellow out white smoke and i can put accelerator to the floor and it has no power at all then it will finally clear up then it does it over and over again. any ideas?
what temps? you may have gelling issues....

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Is it knocking real bad when it's idling once it gets idling? Could be glowplugs/glowplug relay for the starting problem, could be injector(s) for the white-smoke.

But the scanner would be first so you don't throw parts at it. It will tell you what's wrong. Gotta love OBDII.

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ok i dont have any way to check codes but the temps are normal, and the furl filter is clean and fuel doesnt look like it gelling i put stuff in tank evrytime i get diesel and yeah if it cold as **** and aint plugged in it wil knock like crazy till itwarms up
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ok i dont have any way to check codes but the temps are normal, and the furl filter is clean and fuel doesnt look like it gelling i put stuff in tank evrytime i get diesel and yeah if it cold as **** and aint plugged in it wil knock like crazy till itwarms up
Try to get your hands on a scan tool with diesel diag capabilities. It's one of the most useful tools you can buy owning a diesel. I know this isn't much help, but if you can get one or know someone that has one, throw it on your truck & see what you get.

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