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Old 03-27-2011, 06:27 PM
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7.3 Blues!!!

Ok I own a 95 powerstroke 7.3 turbo manual 5 spd. My son ran the truck totally out of fuel, so his friends dad used starting fluid to try to start it and the air box EXPLODED!! They got it started after they called me at work I told them to prime the fuel filter... Now since this has happened I put a cold air intake on it , it ran ok for about 1 month.. Then if it was not plugged in(block heater) it would die about 1 mile away from home and you had to turn it over and over ..... and over till it would start(yes I cycled the glow plugs) it would run rough for a lil bit till it cleared up. now it really does not want to start, and if it does it will die right in the drive way .. It is acting like the fuel in the filter is all it is running on till it is gone then it dies!!! Is there a in take pump?(A pusher pump) I really like the truck! but right now it is a lawn ornament. Please helpThanx Timber!!
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:48 AM
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Just some thoughts. First of all I did the same thing on my 95. It aced out two glow plugs. Made it hard to start and what most people don't know is if it's cold the glow plugs can run up to about 3 minutes.(Even though the light is off) You never know what damage has been done with the starter fluid and the best I can advise is start with the glow plugs, and then injectors. Good luck
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send the bill to your sons friends dad!
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:54 AM
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I am not sure if its a freak thing or caused by the either but, the hard starting is indeed probably bad glow plugs. Either is know to ruin them (and yes some cases the whole motor) but once you have it cranked and head down the road you should be ok and up and die and not want to restart. Unless its romping real bad and you try to drive it any way I would think you have another problem starting to show its self.

Is it full of fuel now? I know in some cases the pick up tube in the tank rots off and the pump can't get fuel unless its all the way full. Just a thought.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:24 AM
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Possible bad glow plugs

FYi, you can test the glow plugs easily while still in the motor. All you have to do is remove the wire from the tip of the glow plug and connect a multimeter in the ohm's position and measure the resistance from the top of the glow plug to the engine block. you should get a low resistance (much less than 50 ohm's). If you get a high number or infinity, your glow plug is bad and must be replaced.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:44 AM
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Check the cam position sensor. It's completely unrelated to the ether, but will cause hard starts, as well as killing the truck after it's started.
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