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Hard to Start - (when hot or cold, new CPS)
I have a 2000 F350 7.3 4x4 (no mods, unless you count body damage)
At first I started it up on an average summer day in California and it would slighly miss in the morning, then it would go away a few minutes later.
This got worse. Starting in the morning was no problem, but about 60 seconds later, it would have absolutely no power. I could have the pedal floored and it would barely hit enough rpm to stay on. But, if I could keep it on, this would go away after a couple minutes and run fine the rest of the day.
Then it would run rough and die. I could do nothing to keep it running.
I took it in for the recall of the CPS (if I remember correctly). I was able to drive away from the dealer with no problems. The next day, it was back to doing the same thing.
Then I discovered it was 8 quarts low on oil! So I filled it up. I also replaced the batteries since they were dead and needed replacing anyway.
After a about a minute of turning over, it started, but ran rough. Then it began to smooth out and after five minutes it's running as smooth as ever.
I turn off the engine (for just a couple seconds) and it takes a bit more cranking than I like to start it again. Leave it off for a few minutes and it takes much more cranking than it should to start. The longer it stays off the more I have to crank it to start again.
Also, should the fuel filter bowl stay full at all times? I'm wondering if that may be an issue. I wonder if it is having to crank to get fuel in the bowl again... Leaking somplace? Or perhaps I should look in another direction like glow plugs. It runs great once started now.