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Old 09-09-2007, 04:44 PM
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White smoke, won't start

My truck ran fine yesterday and now I went to start and it wont.
I get white smoke out of the exhaust and from around the down pipe area (can't tell exactly where).
CPS? the tack moves a little but I have never payed attention to it before.
Im a newby to diesels and don't know much.
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Old 09-11-2007, 02:17 AM
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bump for some help
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Old 09-11-2007, 04:05 AM
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if the tach moves the cam sensor may not be your problem , if your geting white smoke , that tells me your getting fuel, make sure its full of oil and its in good shape , you can pull the fuel filter cap off and just make sure its full, check the oil level in the high pressure oil pump reservoir, really need to get codes pulled , just have to start here , make sure all this is good first
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Old 09-11-2007, 05:04 PM
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I tried to start it yesterday morning and it tried to fire once but that is all, last night nothing.
This morning it started just fine, so I drove it to work. After work it wouldn't start so I went ahead and changed the cps and it started just fine.
I'll go out later and see of it will start.

It has less then 1K on a oil change and it is full.
It is my first diesel and I have a LOT to learn (like how to pull codes and where the hpop res. is).

I have a friend that is a mechanic and has a truck just like mine, he can come and help at the end of the week. I just hate having to bum rides to work and not have my truck with my tools.

Thanks for the help!!!
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Old 09-11-2007, 05:25 PM
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the hpop res is at eh very front of the engine on top it looks like a rectangle sitting on top of th e engine. i beleve (drivers Side) or looking at it your right on th e
very top of th er ectangle there is a plug should take a 1/4 in extension to remove/install it take it off and see if the oil is about 1/4 in from the top.. that is the high pressure oil resv. normal level. i dont understand the running than quitting part . usualy diesels start and run till outta fule. OK lets heare what youhave come up with... Bill
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Old 09-11-2007, 05:53 PM
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I went and restarted it and it started fine.

I found the HPOP res. I needed to remove the plastic cover with the door to the fuel filter to realise where it was and it took 3/16" allen wrench (If anyone else has to do this). There was oil about a quarter inch form the top.

As of now I will wait to see if it keeps starting to look for more problems.

Maybe it was the CPS? I'm glad I listened to the people here and put a extra in my glove box .
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:11 PM
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I am having this exact same problem. I work a remote job, and when I let the truck sit for 4 weeks... LOTS of smoke. I just replaced the glow plugs, it has a fresh oil change, and new fuel filter. I haven't checked the HPOP. Some times it takes 4-6 tries to start of 10-15 second cranks. It also does this if I let it sit over night. If it has been run within 8-10 hours it starts EASILY.
It runs flawlessly other wise. I love the thing.... until i have to cold start.
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Old 10-03-2007, 07:48 PM
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My truck is starting a lot better now.
Once in a while it starts hard.
What I have been doing to start it easier is I turn the key on, wait for the start light to go off and then wait a few extra seconds before I start it and it has been starting fine.
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:41 AM
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I have the same exact problem as ak morris1 stated above.
Also when I am cranking it over, it has a loud CLICK click CLICK click...ect. the whole time you crank it, it goes away once started...its not the soliniods clicking, it sounds like one injector is is firing hard and the rest are not.
Once I fianally get it running, it surges and sputters for about 15 seconds then runs perfect.

Any ideas?
I use this truck daily and its making me nervouse that I will be stuck somewhere with a load.
PLEASE HELP!

Thanks.
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Old 10-19-2007, 04:44 PM
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Ok,
So I was told it was the heat plug relay... I check it, and wo and behold.
The wire leading to the relay was rather crispy. If you havent checked the relay, check it and the wires leading to it.
Glow plugs put you through a similar issue... but the relay is easier.
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