99 7.3L hard start, no power
I finally solved my dead battery issue but I still have an underlying issue. My 99 7.3L with 267,000 doesn't start unless it's been sprayed with starting fluid. It doesn't matter if it's in the 40's or -40. If it's been run for hours or a cold start. As soon as I shut it off it doesnt want to start. I can crank intermittently for 5-10 minutes then sometimes it starts. When it is running it sometimes has an erratic idle, but always has very poor throttle response and it is so gutless I can't even burn the tires on SAND! I've replaced the cam sensor with a Ford part, new fuel filters, fuses, relays, new air filter, oil filter, oil, a bottle of diesel 911. When its cold it has a minor blue smoke cloud, when it warms up there's almost none. There is also oil residue in the intake piping. I have no idea what to do and I don't want to throw money at parts that aren't the problem. The closest dealer/shop is 35 miles away.