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post #1 of 3 Old 02-11-2014, 08:51 AM Thread Starter Rookie
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I just bought my first powerstroke, had the cummins and duramax, now playing with a 7.3.

I'm having a hard time starting it, temps in the single digits to teens. When I turn the key overt for glow plugs to kick in, fuel starts pouring out from under it. I eventually got it to start yesterday and fuel stopped leaking. Today the fuel did the same thing. I have the block heater hooked up now and am going to try and see if that helps.

is this normal or am I having issues with fuel pump?

should I still have to hook it up even if the glow plugs are working properly? planning on putting a meter on them today to see if they even work.

more issues to discuss after this.

Thanks for any help. I haven't had the truck a week and want to make sure I'm not in for major trouble off the bat.
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post #2 of 3 Old 02-11-2014, 11:37 AM
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FIRST thing is, what Yr is your truck? They made the 7.3 for some time and Many changes took place. Earlier ones had Mechanical Fuel Pumps and later Electric.

In ANY case, if you have Fuel leaking Any Time, you have a Problem!

As for cold starting, two things;

Plug it In, if you can, for 3hrs (I use a timer to come-on at 4:30AM) anytime it's into the teens (F) and below.

Below 40, roll the key to ON to activate the Plugs (along with the heater when you plug in) and leave the key there for between 30 & 120secs (the colder the longer) and Forget about the WTS light, it's No Indication of GP operation.

In the cold you Need a fully functioning GP system. Test it all like this -> Troubleshooting GPR & GP's
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Thank you for your help. It's a 1999. I found the fuel problem just after posting this morning. bought a fuel filter and a new drain valve. replaced the filter and the leak quit. The o ring was bad I'm assuming.

As for the glow plugs, I just wasn't sure if I'd have to plug it in even if they were working properly. With my previous diesels, granted they were 05 and 06, I had never had to deal with the cold.

I like the old 7.3, but I will have to add some hp pretty soon. She's a little doggie!
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