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Colder Weather Here Now Hard To Start

So I have had the truck for a little while now but will be first winter with it. Never had anything but a fire right up when turning the key to start. Weather just started getting down in the 30's to low 40's at night and when trying to start in the morning after sitting all night first turn of key running the starter about 5-10 sec engine does not turn over. Repeat one more time same thing, repeat a third time and fires up after about 3-5 sec running starter and then big smoke cloud out the tailpipe. Same every morning if it is cold the night before. Drive to work and truck sits at the office all day 7am-5pm without starting and at 5pm it starts right up first turn of the key but in the high 60s all day. I am in the south and I know there are tons of these up north so this can't be the norm. What gives? I have read a good bit and everyone says FICM is the issue with cold start issues. Checked on the Edge CTS and voltage reads a solid 50v in the morning before not wanting to start and 50v driving and 50v in the afternoon when it fires right up. Does not seem to be an issue there. Just changed the oil and I use Rotella T6 Syn 5W40. What else could this be. I always turn the key to start position then wait till glow plug light goes out then pause a sec and try to start it.

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Try starting as the glow light goes out. If I pause on my '04 it's harder to start than if I don't. Not sure why.

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At 30* it should fire right up without much hesitation. You may have a glow plug issue that may not be throwing codes, yet. It is much colder where I live and it fires within a few seconds at 20*F. I won't plug it in until the temp is below 10*F. If I forget and it gets real cold, below 0 or -10*F, it still fires up fairly quick, but runs a bit rough for a few seconds. You could try to wait another 5-10 seconds, the glow plugs cycle on for about 2 minutes.

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Check for glow plug codes. I have one bad plug and mine runs a little bit rough for a few seconds on a cold start. Try turning the key on, let the plugs heat up, then off for a couple of seconds, then back on for anyother cycle. It might start easier letting the plugs cycle more than once.


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So I have had the truck for a little while now but will be first winter with it. Never had anything but a fire right up when turning the key to start. Weather just started getting down in the 30's to low 40's at night and when trying to start in the morning after sitting all night first turn of key running the starter about 5-10 sec engine does not turn over. Repeat one more time same thing, repeat a third time and fires up after about 3-5 sec running starter and then big smoke cloud out the tailpipe. Same every morning if it is cold the night before. Drive to work and truck sits at the office all day 7am-5pm without starting and at 5pm it starts right up first turn of the key but in the high 60s all day. I am in the south and I know there are tons of these up north so this can't be the norm. What gives? I have read a good bit and everyone says FICM is the issue with cold start issues. Checked on the Edge CTS and voltage reads a solid 50v in the morning before not wanting to start and 50v driving and 50v in the afternoon when it fires right up. Does not seem to be an issue there. Just changed the oil and I use Rotella T6 Syn 5W40. What else could this be. I always turn the key to start position then wait till glow plug light goes out then pause a sec and try to start it.
So the first start the starter runs but the motor doesn't turn over? Or the motor doesn't start?

If the starter isn't turning the motor over I'd probably start looking there for your problem.

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Wondering same, but assumed other than solenoid or starter.

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