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Cold weather problems

I have a little bit of a problem and would like some help. I drive an 01' 7.3 Powerstroke F350 and I live in NJ. It is the first winter i have had this truck and I am running into a problem. I go to school all day so my truck sits there from 7:15 to 1:45. The other day it wouldnt start. I got it running finaly but after a couple of failed attempts. It would start then stall. than start and lope like a big block. then it would settle down and warm up. is there anything i can do to keep it warm all day. Thanks.

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Keep it plugged in on cold days. If not, cycle the glow plugs 2-3 times before cranking. Also, try using a diesel additive to prevent fuel from gelling up. I use PowerService Diesel Fuel Supplement with Cetane Boost.
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You're glow plugs probably aren't working right. That or the relay controlling them. How cold was it?
Good info here:Winter Operation, Hard Starting, Hissing Sound Etc...

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Read my write up , liked above, quit cycling the key on/off, it does nothing!!! If your GP system is working correctly ( which I doubt) on cold days wait 15-30 sec after the WTS light shuts off before cranking, this will do more than cycking the key 100 times!!!

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