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Cranks, almost start but can't

My truck doesn't want to start in cold weather. I crank the engine and only fires a few times per attempt. I checked the glow plug relay and it works the way it should. Everything works the way it should when the key is turned on. I think the glow plugs are bad. I need some advise.
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Do you have the ability to plug it in? If so, does it still have the same problems? You could be looking at a low voltage FICM or bad glow plugs. Mine was doing the exact same thing. I installed a heater cord and it started right up after plugging it in for a while.

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Do a voltage test on the FICM!

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I do plug it in so it starts right up in the mornings. In the afternoon, after school, I struggle to start it. If I don't plug it in, I'll be sitting there for half an hour, literally, trying to start it. Each time this happens, I need a jump. I checked everything, and I think it's the glow plugs themselves that are bad.
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I do plug it in so it starts right up in the mornings. In the afternoon, after school, I struggle to start it. If I don't plug it in, I'll be sitting there for half an hour, literally, trying to start it. Each time this happens, I need a jump. I checked everything, and I think it's the glow plugs themselves that are bad.
Bet your right!! Order the harness for both sides because the boots on the harness always break when you remove the glow plugs!

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I'll get the whole glow plug kit with gaskets, harnesses and the plugs themselves.
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