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New guy/ Washington State Fuel

Went through all the cold weather advice, dosen't quite fit. Batteries good, etc. Western WA This winter very hard starting/ white smoke. not that cold, around 35 deg problem shows up. Waiting 1-1/2 mins for the gp's to get good and hot helps a little. Filled up in Eastern WA 3 days ago and now it starts without waiting for GP's to heat. Fires almost instantly. It appears the diesel in Wenatchee works a lot better then the diesel in Seattle. Is this likely and what can be done (additives?)
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Have you been buying from a place in Seattle that sells a lot of diesel? Need to make
sure it is fresh.

You can try a additive like Optilube (tested as one of the best lubricant additives) and
see what happens. Just make sure the label says for DIESEL.

Also, the glow plugs only stay on for 30-45 seconds I believe. So you might want
to try leaving on for 45 sec, then cycle the key again to get a restart of the plugs.
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Thanks, for sure I'm going to try a different station. Added my sig.

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I had read that before posting, started working my way down the list until the Eastern WA fuel worked so well. Don't think its the GP GPR or batteries.

99 late F350 7.3 XLT auto 3.73 SuperChips economy mode no other mods, well, except for a built tranny + HD torque converter.
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I'm a Washatoneion, stay away from those stations that are pushing the Bio Diesel, and start adding Diesel Kleen in the gray bottle. The fuel is different in the winter on this side and makes them hard to start (unless you plug it in at night). You can also try adding 2 stroke oil too, it helps me and I have over 100,000 on using it in mine and never a problem. If you do do the 2 stroke oil you should hear it after about 50 miles or so. Add 1 oz for ever gallon of fuel. If you start with a full tank start with 30 oz. then on your next fill add that about of gallons in oz. of oil. Your best luck is to get it at a good truck stop and you should see a change in 1 tank. Latter


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What should the battries read when cold? mine are at 12.00 VDC after sitting for a while. Put a charger on them last night and this morning they read 13.9 VDC with charger on, dropped to 13.00 when charger removed, fired right up, +32F at my house this morning.

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Batteries sound good, but you really need them load tested. Most all parts houses
have the testers. Just sitting doesnt show how much current they can put out.

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Just scaned the posts, but it sonds like you got some #1 diesel or at least winterized.

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