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Old 12-27-2007, 05:28 PM
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Let it sit and it won't start-

I have a 2000 f250, if it sits for more than 16 hours or so it won't start. If I let it sit only overnight it will fire right up in the morning, wait until afternoon though and she won't do it. The starter sounds like it gets progressively more tired as I crank it, tonight it wouldn't jump either. The volt meter on the dash will drop below 8 when the glow plugs are on then jump back up after a couple minutes to the middle of the gauge. I just got the truck a couple weeks ago so I don't know what is normal or wrong just yet. When I first got it, when the wait to start light came on it would buzz. Doesn't do this anymore. Seems like there may be a draw from somewhere on the batteries or bad batteries, but they are optimas that can't be more than a couple years old. Any ideas would be great thanks in advance.
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welcome to the forum! what part of the country are you in? if its freezing cold out that makes these things harder to start.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:02 AM
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I am in Colorado, but I had the truck plugged in overnight as well. I don't know if this matters, but there is also a sound like a pump running up by the passenger front side of the truck. It goes for about two minutes or so then shuts off, I don't know if this is normal or not.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:46 AM
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Mine did that during a 3 week trip to Ill. I changed the Alt. and it didnt fix it. I wound up changing 1 battery and it helped for a while then wound up buying 2 new ones.Low batteries are a real PITA with these trucks.
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:45 PM
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I had similar starting problems with my 99 F250 PSD a few winters ago with letting it sit for anything more than overnight even with the block heater plugged in down here in Indiana/Chicago. Finally solved the problem by replacing both weak batteries with 2 new Gold Series Batteries from Auto Zone and problem was completely cured!
To play it safe,think I'm gonna go with a higher ampage Abulance style Alternator for a little added cranking assistance.
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Old 12-29-2007, 04:57 AM
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have the batterys tested. it takes a lot of juice to turn over the motor, week batts. will make it tough to start, especially in the cold + alot of cranking is not really good for the life of the starter.
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:30 AM
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you guys were spot on. The right battery was shot, 0 cold cranking amps. Had two new Interstates put in with 1000 cca's. Needed new glow plug relay as well, now she fires up with no fuss what so ever. thanks for the help
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Read my post on the Cam Position Sensor recall. Mine had the same problem as yours did and after 2 battery replacements (Optima) and an Alternator replacement I found the recall notice!
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