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Old 11-14-2012, 06:06 PM
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2001 Ford F-350 Powerstroke Hard Start

Hey guys,

I need some help diagnosing why my truck's got a hard start right now. Here's the video on YouTube so you can hear what's going on with the start. You can see I give the glow plugs a little longer to heat than the Wait to Start button. I wait until I hear the click.

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:53 PM
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how old are your batteries i would check there first. make sure they are 875 CC amps.
if you are getting white smoke on startup it would be possibly glow plugs/ GP relay.
your truck does not seem to get the romps. so it does not sound like a glow plug or oil issue tho.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:57 AM
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Batteries should be fine (one is less than 6 months old, and the other could be as old as a year). I'll go have them tested, though. I run an amplifier for my speakers and sub, and it could be draining those batteries. May need to get a cap in there somewhere.

I don't get white smoke on start up, as far as I can tell.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:31 PM
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try and replace batteries as a pair. i noticed my truck was having a hard time starting when i was just driving a mile back home from work in the cold and not letting them recharge.

so now ive been driving for an extra 5 minutes and letting them charge back up.
and i didn't realize when i bought batteries i only got 750 cc amp ones
but the truck still starts every time.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:47 PM
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Yeah she starts everytime... She never stumbles or fails to start. I would replace them as a pair, but it's expensive.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:03 PM
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ya i hear on the expensive part.
i paid 150 for both with my discount from napa.
now im sure i would pay closer to 200
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:07 PM
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yup sounds like she is spinning over a little slow.
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Diesels are not cheap to maintain properly.
Load test them properly, and individually.
Read and do this cause it never hurts - Troubleshooting GPR & GP's
Winter Operation, Hard Starting, Hissing Sound Etc...
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