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Old 11-19-2009, 08:17 PM
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stupid cold startup

i went out of town for a week and had to leave my truck with no access to a plug in. temps averaged in the negatives, when i started it after getting back the sounds that came from the engine bay made me cringe. anyone else know what im talking about or have to do that to there truck. i hope i never have to do that again.
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:25 AM
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my hpop reservoir was leaking down to empty overnite, it would make a loping idle sound very very rough like 3 cylinders were firing at first start up. I would shut it off immediatly and restart. It would do this like 4 times til it was ok. It made me nervous.
If you ever let it sit that long again, pull the sight plug on top of the reservoir and see if its still full. It wont be to the top but will be to the sending unit level.(back of the reservoir drivers side) should be to where thats threading in(approx) Would be a place to start?
You would also want to glowplugs to be working. But if its that cold just overnite is cold enough to need glowplugs. Not a week of sitting. So if in cold tempsits fine in the morning but not fine after a week check oil levels. I can explain what i found with mine if you pm me, iff it turns out to be your problem.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:05 AM
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A cold diesel sounds very different and to some down right scary especially in temps below zero!! A properly working GP system and decent batteries should start the truck down to 20 below without being plugged in. You can read how to troubleshoot the GP system by reading the write up that is now a sticky in this section. Thanks Dave!!!

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Old 11-20-2009, 05:18 AM
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fill the truck up and let it run over night i had to do that a couple times lol
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:42 AM
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welcome to the world of diesels. They sound (to most people) like garbage and scary (hell I think it sounds awesome). Thats the nature of the beast. They will warm up over time and smooth out. Just dont rag on it before being properly warmed
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:49 PM
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ive had some buddies who had their trucks freeze up on them and when they finally got them started they sounded pretty bad till they warmed up a bit. my gp system is good to go because it started it up fine it was just the motor itself being so cold that made the horrible noises. it hit -40s last year and people were leaving their trucks running the whole day at work because everybodys stuff was freezing up. only one more month in alaska then back to the south. yaayyyyyy
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:48 AM
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every started up a piece of heavy equipment in below freezing temps? Do that and your truck will sound like a porshe next time you cold start it haha.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:19 AM
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ive had some buddies who had their trucks freeze up on them and when they finally got them started they sounded pretty bad till they warmed up a bit. my gp system is good to go because it started it up fine it was just the motor itself being so cold that made the horrible noises. it hit -40s last year and people were leaving their trucks running the whole day at work because everybodys stuff was freezing up. only one more month in alaska then back to the south. yaayyyyyy
It's because diesels need HEAT to run and when all the cylinders are heated unevenly it sounds like death in a hand basket
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:27 AM
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every started up a piece of heavy equipment in below freezing temps? Do that and your truck will sound like a porshe next time you cold start it haha.
boy no kidding starting up the beet digging tractor last week made me cringe a few times...my buddy has an excivator with two cats on it holy crap when that thing starts up it sounds like the cylinders are changing holes lol
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:57 AM
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holy crap when that thing starts up it sounds like the cylinders are changing holes lol
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