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97 powerstroke takin its time.

I bought this truck a little over a week ago and have been working the bugs out of it. This is my first diesel powered truck so there's a lot of stuff I don't know. So here's my question... when I turn the key everything appears to be fine, no check engine light, the wait to start light comes on for a few seconds... It all seems good. When I crank her over it takes a good THREE seconds before she fires... Is this normal? I'm just kind of worried about what will happen when it gets cold out... My gp relay checks out fine... So its not that... Any ideas? Hey if its normal than just tell me to stfu, and we can all carry on forgetting I even asked... Sometimes I'm a bit anal... But she does run great! Can't complain about that... She just takes her time gettin out of bed. Oh BTW... It will do the same thing even when it been warmed up and then restarted...


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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2011, 02:04 PM
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Re: 97 powerstroke takin its time.

stfu.....lol

When I was on the mechanical fuel pump mine would have to turn over a few times before cranking. I don't think you are experiencing anything abnormal.

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Re: 97 powerstroke takin its time.

its normal. sometimes even my 01 takes a bit to crank over

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Re: 97 powerstroke takin its time.

Could be a worn starter...

My OBS starts right up every time unless it's under 30* outside... Then you have to expect a little crank time...

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Re: 97 powerstroke takin its time.

Normal

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Re: 97 powerstroke takin its time.

Three or four TURNS (maybe one second) is normal. Three full SECONDS is NOT. Think about how long a second is.

Have you measured the resistance of the glow plugs themselves? Inspected the wiring to the valve covers?

Once it starts, does the voltmeter stay left-of-center for a minute or two, and then swing to the right?
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Re: 97 powerstroke takin its time.

Haven't messes with the glow plugs at all... But would the glow plugs being bad, still have an affect if it does the same thing when warm? And three seconds is a pretty long time...


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Re: 97 powerstroke takin its time.

1 second is more normal. could be as simple as weak batteries or starter or corroded connections or wires.
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It turns over pretty fast and strong...


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Re: 97 powerstroke takin its time.

Mine does that madpogue, once I start it the volt meter stays left of center for about a minute, what causes that?
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