Hey all, I'm new here
I found the forum while googling around about my current troubles. I've had some really rough starts since the cold weather has set in. My truck is an '02 F250. The starts have been cranking fine, but with some problems (I'll tell you about them in a moment). Batteries are new and I always plug in when the temp is 30f or below. I just had a new fuel filter and overflow valve installed. I am running 15w 40 oil.
What happens is that the starter will crank, but it seems right when the motor wants to start, there is the most godawful sound, like the flywheel is missing about 50 teeth. Then, it will make that sound right when I turn the key again, a time or two, without cranking at all. After that, it will repeat the first pattern of crank-and-grind. Eventually it will start, but I've only had success in temps above -7f.
I haven't had the glow-plugs or relay checked, but I would think plugging in would make them a non-factor here, whether they're working or not. The only other suggestion I've gotten is that the fuel pump may be low on pressure.
Anyone have a similar experience? I'm hoping some of you guys have had something like this happen, so I can tell my mechanic about it when we talk.