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2000 7.3 very hard to start

I have a 2000 F350 and every time I go to start the truck it turns over WAY to long before it fires up. Sometimes it takes so long I let off the keys, turn it off, and start over. When I do this, most of the time it fires right up, instantly. If the truck sits for over an hour it does this. It's like there is no fuel getting to it. But once its running, everything is good. Is this a sign my fuel pump is going out? Do these trucks have a lifter? Is it seperate from the fuel pump or are they together? Or am I way off? Your help is much appreciated.

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Maybe a HPOP going out?

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take a video of you trying to start it, the sound would be key in determining the problem, we have some real gear heads on the org that could tell ya right off


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I don't know if it would be the oil pump.... could be I guess.....

Might be able to get a video, have to see if I Can try. Feels like its not turning over quite as fast as it should with these batteries. I just put new batteries in this spring, and I don't drive the truck everyday (only 40K on my baby) but I have been driving it here a lot over the past few weeks. At first I thought the batteries just need charged, and it seemed to get better by the second start. But again, as I would try to start, it would take forever to catch fire. This morning it wasn't that bad, but still took longer than normal. I did stop for breakfast, came back out to the truck, and I didn't wait for my wait to start light to go out, just turned the ignition.... started right up. I read somewhere that another guy did that and his truck started better due to the weather. I don't know. I'm at a loss I guess, with the possibility it could be different things. I know one thing I have tried, and seems to help with the starting, is I'll turn the the key on, wait a minute, turn the key off, then on again, wait a minute, then do it again, and start it and sometimes that helps with the starting. Most of the time though, the only thing that helps it the most is actually trying to start it, turning it off, then starting it again. I guess you can say I'm lost and confused.
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Just did some more reading on the HPOP, and I think this could be something. I have an edge indash programmer and I think I have cleared the code P1211 before, and I read that that code could lead to issues with something in the Oil System. Now I understand. I will have to scan my truck again later to see if that code will come back up.

So if that is the case for my starting, what are some ideas that would keep pulling a charge on these new batteries......
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