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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-22-2015, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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2003 6.0L Hard start

Alright so I have a 2003 f250 6.0L. It has 240k and in the last 4 years it has the following new parts: oil pump, oil cooler, radiator, turbo, injectors, ICP sensor, FICM, and steering column. I bought the truck about two weeks ago in Texas. Since being home in Indiana (no issues in Texas), I'm having trouble getting it started in the morning. It will crank and crank before finally firing and sending out a cloud of white smoke. Once it starts I don't have any problems and the smoke goes away instantly. A friend of mine said to check the glow plugs but I'd like a second opinion. Also, today I got it started and ran to pick up some food. I shut it down in the drive thru and it wouldn't start back up. It would crank for 2-3 seconds and then make a sound like someone trying to start a car that is already running. Any ideas on either issue?


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Re: 2003 6.0L Hard start

do you have any way to monitor ICP? sounds like you may have a HPO leak somewhere.. possibly. if you have a monitor of sorts, take a look at ICP pressure and IPR duty %. if not, go to a local parts store and buy an IPR removal socket , take a look at the valve and screen / o ring and check for damages. ANY damage to the screen essentially means it needs to be replaced and will be causing an issue.

the sound only happen to hot start? starter sticking?

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No monitor at the moment. I just bought the truck two weeks ago. It did fine starting in Texas but ever since I got home it's had trouble. I'll run and get that socket and see how that looks. Is it the glow plugs by any chance?


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Okay so I went out to mess with a little bit more. Starter is almost definitely shot. Sometimes it engage and sometimes it won't. So before I go any further I need to get a new starter. While I was in there though, I noticed my coolant level was low. I checked the oil and it appeared normal.


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Re: 2003 6.0L Hard start

Definitely get a way to monitor ICP. I just ordered a Scangauge II. They can be had from Autozone for ~$150.

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Definitely get a way to monitor ICP. I just ordered a Scangauge II. They can be had from Autozone for ~$150.

What are the benefits of a Scangauge ll versus the Edge CTS?


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The Scanguage is cheaper. If you need a way to monitor sensors and you do, they're a good value for the money spent.

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I just don't like having to code in all of that stuff for it to work. I will probably look at something different like the Edge. Either way, that's going to be my next purchase.
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There is also the Torque app for your phone combined with the OBD-II adapter through Amazon. For as little as $20 you can monitor nearly everything you could ever want. Yeah, it's a good idea to get one of the "pro" setups like the scangauge, but this will do nicely for much less until you can afford the big boys. I have a scanner and still use my Torque app regularly because I always have my phone with me, but never the scanner unless I'm doing maintenance.
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