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post #1 of 17 Old 01-02-2009, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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Help With Cold Start Issues

I did lots of stuff to my 2000 Excursion a few months ago -- 4" TB Exhaust, DP Chip , gauges and now that it's cold out I am having a hard time starting it -- unless I keep the block heater plugged in every night -- even when the temps are above freezing. When I start it cold (when the block heater was not plugged in) -- it revs up and down for about 15 seconds -- and smokes like crazy -- and usually requires me to re-start it 2 or 3 times until it smoothes out.

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This might have nothing to do with your mods, but have you had the batteries load tested? My truck and hard starting were caused by a battery that tested at 12.3 volts, but a load test showed only 159 CCA instead of 850

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I've got 2 brand new batteries

I just bought the about a month ago -- at Tri State Battery and they are correct ones for my truck -- but I'll go back and have them check it out.
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DP Tuner F6 chip with 60HP tow, 80HP Econ and Decel Tunes
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everyone i know has the powerstroke cold start lope, because of this i assume its normal.
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Mine doesn't lope ever. I wonder whether this is cold weather thing; something my truck never sees.

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my 7.3 has done the same thing whenever the temp drops below 30 I just have to make sure its plugged in. I got stuck in northern Arizona one day because of this when I first got the truck.

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Well this is new for mine. I have 80,000 miles on it and it never did it in past winters -- I hope to get the relay by UPS mid week. I'll let you know if it works. Today it was in the low 30's and I experimented this morning and started it without waiting at all for glow plug heat -- and it started the same way -- lope lope lope lope -- smooth. So I'm sure I am not getting any power to the plugs. I have two new batteries so that's probably why I can start cold without the glow plugs working. I do not however have any "codes" that have come up.

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Diamond Eye 4" Turbo back exhaust
DP Tuner F6 chip with 60HP tow, 80HP Econ and Decel Tunes
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FOLLOW THE PROPER TROUBLESHOOTING IN THE LINK I PROVIDED ABOVE!!

A proper working GP system will not lope, period!!! If yours is loping you have issues and I have showed you how to find them easily. I will say my GP's never worked so well until I used the Stancor Relay, if you have ever torn apart the cheap relay that Ferd uses you would see why it candle handle a 200 amp draw for very long.

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I DID. I DID. Get off the shift key -- it sounds like you're yelling. As I said -- I ordered the Stancor relay.

2000 Excursion 7.3 psd
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PowerSlot Cryo Rotors + Hawk Pads
Edelbrock Performer IAS Shocks
Diamond Eye 4" Turbo back exhaust
DP Tuner F6 chip with 60HP tow, 80HP Econ and Decel Tunes
Boost, EGT and Trans Temp gauges on pillar
K&N air filter in stock system
Pull Rite towing system
6.0 Trans Cooler
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