Ford F-350 Diesel Dualie, 7.3 turbo. 114,000 miles
Having difficulty starting in cooler, but not freezing weather. If I plug in to warm the engine block it starts just fine.
Could it be the glow plugs or residual problems from a bad tank of diesel (5 tanks ago)?
The glow plugs are the originals.
thanks so much for your input!
You may need to check the manufacturer recommended interval to replace your glow plugs. You very well may be due to service and replace. You also may be in need of replacing your fuel filter as well.
〉 Answered on Feb 28th, 2010 by Amanda J. Pierce, MBA "AJ", Certified Mechanic, Project Coordinator; Primavera Scheduler at VIGOR Alaska Industrial Shipyard & BizzM3ch Solutions
It could be fuel related or the glow plugs. I suggest seeing a good mechanic
〉 Answered on Feb 27th, 2010 by Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube
Hi Lene -
Could be that the glow plugs are getting weak, especially if heating the block resolves the problem.
Unless the problem only started after the bad tank of gas - i wouldn't expect that to be the issue - especially 5 tanks ago. But you might try some diesel fuel addative to absorb any moisture or build up that might be in the system just to be sure, it can't hurt.
If the problem persists or gets worse i would have it checked out by a diesel specialist.
180 Degrees Automotive, Inc.
〉 Answered on Feb 28th, 2010 by Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive
Hello Lene- best guess it is time for new glow plugs also the glow plug control system should be checked for proper operation-also change your fuel filter as this should be done on a regular basis to prevent damage to your fuel injectors- hope this helps - thanks Super Girls Auto.
〉 Answered on Feb 28th, 2010 by Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto
It is extremely important to use high quality fuel with these engines. I actually have a lot of experience with these in particular and I consider them to be 'powerful but delicate.' It could be a glow plug problem, but more times than not, in my experience, it has turned out to be a fuel injector issue. The only way to really know for sure is to bring the vehicle to a Ford dealership that can plug in and find out what is happening in each individual cylinder.
〉 Answered on Feb 28th, 2010 by Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management