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Old 12-07-2009, 04:03 PM
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Wont start in this cold

I live in Wyoming and its been about -12 or lower. I drive a 2000 f 350 that i just replaced the battery's and the alternator and ignition switch and the cylonoid by the fire wall 2 days ago. My truck has a quarter of a tank and has been plugged in. I let the glow plugs warm up alot when it is this cold but when i crank it over all it does is crank and the radio and all the lights stop working do you think its the glow plugs or the relay or the batterys freezing>
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:45 PM
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do you plug it in at night??? is it possible your fuel gelled?? did you replace the parts or have someone do it for you? if you did it, did you put it back together exactly as it came apart?? its been in the low teens here and my truck is having a tough time starting if i dont plug it in.
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:26 AM
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It has plugged in someone put everything on it not myself. We even tried jumping it but its just cranks and cranks and cranks it wont kick over at all
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:56 AM
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yeah I am in wyoming too, I have to leave mine plugged in all nite or for several hours when its below zero, not to bad above zero. Keep fuel treated with anti-gel, but I don't forsee that causaing a dead battery symptom, it'll crank awhile and not fire or run for 2 or 3 seconds then die. I would have your batteries checked down at the parts store. Anyways, make sure you put fuel treatment in and check the batteries then let us know.
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did you ck your fuel filter to make sure the fuel hasnt gelled up on you. mine did that once when it was like -10 and it sucked to change everything out in the cold. i never let mine get below half a tank in the winter now. and add stuff to your fuel and you should be good. good luck man
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:22 AM
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When you turn the key on, does the "wait to start" light come on?

Reason I ask, I had a similar issue with my truck. It would crank and crank with no fire. The "wait to start" light did not come on when I turned the key on and the overdrive off light would come on the shifter.

Found out the fuel bowl heater was broken and it popped the fuse that controls it, the main computer and something else. I unplugged the fuel bowl heater and replaced the fuse and all was well.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:09 PM
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I was having the same problem and it turned out that the block heater was bad,ford wanted 50$ for the element and 80$ for the cord,and they were on back order and wouldnt ship out till Feb 1rst!I went to international and they had a kit with both for 37$!.I didnt want drain the anti freeze and was able to pull the old one out and get the new one in with very little coolant loss,starts on the first crank and has heat almost instantly.
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:21 AM
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STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!
I am not saying he doesn't have a gel problem, but the OP stated when he tries to start the truck all the lights go off and the radio. Something isn't right here!!!
Plug the truck in all night, or if you can get it in a warm building for 8 hours that would be great. Pour some 911 in the fuel tank and fuel filter bowl as well as change the FF. Then while cranking check the voltage on your batteries. This will take 2 people, if it drops below 11 volts your batteries are to weak. Have you also switched to a lighter weight oil? In those temps 15w-40 is going to be like pudding. Switching to a 10w-40 or 5w-40 will make a huge difference. Your truck needs to have have fuel, oil pressure and voltage to start. Start with the basics. If you think it is gelled, cycle the key a few times with the fuel bowl drain open to get the gelled fuel out of the lines, then treat the fuel bowl and new FF and see if she will fire up.
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STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!
I am not saying he doesn't have a gel problem, but the OP stated when he tries to start the truck all the lights go off and the radio. Something isn't right here!!!
Plug the truck in all night, or if you can get it in a warm building for 8 hours that would be great. Pour some 911 in the fuel tank and fuel filter bowl as well as change the FF. Then while cranking check the voltage on your batteries. This will take 2 people, if it drops below 11 volts your batteries are to weak. Have you also switched to a lighter weight oil? In those temps 15w-40 is going to be like pudding. Switching to a 10w-40 or 5w-40 will make a huge difference. Your truck needs to have have fuel, oil pressure and voltage to start. Start with the basics. If you think it is gelled, cycle the key a few times with the fuel bowl drain open to get the gelled fuel out of the lines, then treat the fuel bowl and new FF and see if she will fire up.
Kev. I totally agree with you here. One thing to add though. Since he said all the accesorys shut down when he hits the key I'm betting the guy that installed the new starter solenoid got the two small wires crossed
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