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post #1 of 11 Old 10-04-2006, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everybody. Just purchased my first diesel, a '97 F250HD 4x4
supercab/shortbox with 116K miles. I looked a long time before I
found one like I wanted with a 5 speed & relatively low miles. Driving it home from the big city I was very impressed with the torque & fuel mileage, my
old '79 F250 would have used twice as much fuel in it's 429. Of
course it has some issues & I've allready found information on this
forum that has been very helpfull.
I just installed a 4" exhaust system as the stock system was bent in
the rear from backing over a stump or something, it sounds better &
has to flow better.
The truck is getting harder to start the colder it gets, I'm at 4300'
elevation, I'm thinking a glow plug change is in my near future.
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Welcome to the forum man!!! Make sure to test your glow plug relay first, because it is the most common reason for a hard start!!
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You might want to check your batteries, if they are weak, that could be part of your problem. Also, change all of your fluids so you have a good baseline, and change them on time after the first change. Congrats on the new rig.

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WELCOME DOUG!!!!!!!!

Great to have another member from the Great Northwest!!!

Also, ya never know, you might see me in your town around Turkey day or x-mas! Spend a lot of time over there, so, I do know what your elevation and weather is like, might want to try plugging your truck in if you haven't done that.

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I second the batteries! Make sure they're load tested individually. GPR next simply because that would be harder to do then changing out some batteries

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Thanks for the greetings & input guys.
When I bought the truck it had one good battery, showing over
12.5 volts & 750 CCAs. The other battery was a deep cycle??? showing
almost no cold cranking amps, so I've been running on one battery.
I finally sold my old truck so I have some cash to spend on the new
one, I will replace both batteries & see how she starts cold. The GPR
looks like it was recently changed, hopefully I won't have to replace
the glow plugs.
Thanks again
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