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Old 12-06-2010, 01:03 PM
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Yet another no start thread

So its about 30 degrees here. Ive got my truck with me at college, and have no way to leave the block heater plugged in. It will crank over but not catch. i can tell its working real hard to crank.

Is there any other way to start these things in the cold? Ive used ether on dump trucks before to get them started. Is that ok to do? (In short bursts obviously)

My only other option is to have someone bring a generator and leave it plugged into that for a few hours.

Ive been thinking ive had some glow plug issues, now im definitely going to have to check that out.

Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:04 PM
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Don't use ether with them glow plugs....bad idea

Need to check your glow plugs and glow plug relay....there is a write up available

How long has it been sitting

If mine sits long at all when its cold I normally have to get someone to jump me off to give it that little extra boost to get her to pop off

How old are your batteries? Good connections?

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Old 12-06-2010, 01:13 PM
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Yea , you shouldn't need to plug it in at 30 deg. if the g.p.s and relay are working . Also your batteries and all connections need to be good . I live in N.E. Ohio . I have never needed to plug any of my diesels in . I just make sure my g.p.s and relay are working . Ohm out your g.p.s , they are the outer two contacts on each end of the valve cover plugs . Test them to ground . Should be .6 to 2 ohms . Then check the relay , it is on the passenger side of the engine valley . It is the front of the two relays . Test to see that the relay is making contact with the key forward .
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Battery connection, Batteries, Glow Plug Relay, Glow Plugs is the order you need to go about checking everything out. Don't cycle your glow plugs, let the key sit in the run position for longer than normal but no more than 2 minutes and give her a try then.
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