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Old 12-21-2006, 02:06 PM
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96 7.3 powerstroke slow starter...

I have a '96 powerstroke that slow starts the first start of the day. Once it has been started it it restarts without difficulty all day. the batteries are new. I have never had the glow plugs changed--I don't even know where they are---nor have I changed the starter. (It seems to crank a bit slow even with new batteries) My questions are 1) where are the glow plugs, 2) how do I check and or replace them, and 3) do you think it is the starter, glowplugs or both?

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Old 12-21-2006, 03:39 PM
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I would check your battery cables first.

The glow plugs are located under the valve covers.
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I had a 96 that was slow to crank, and I put new batts in it. It was slightly better until it got cold, then it would not start very easy the first time for the day. Eventually the starter quit (possibly due to the extra cranking). I replaced the starter, and it cranked at about 1000 MPH! It started very easy after that. Moral of the story - don't rule out a starter as a possible cause of poor starting.
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I agree with Pipelayer. I'd check you battery cables first just to make sure you have a tight connection. I just put batteries in my 250 work truck and it had the same symptoms, it ended up being a loose ground on the right side battery.
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