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I'm having two separate problems when starting my 97.

1. When you start it, it chugs like its gasping for gas, but after revving the engine a little it idles normal.

2. In cold weather, it won't start without putting an ignitor fluid in the air filter, which I know is bad but it's the only way it starts. After one start and driving it it'll start up fine.

Any ideas for solutions?? I'd really like to get it starting up normal on one try.....
 

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glow plugs and glow plug relay
 

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Second vote as to glow plugs being the pace to start.

CLICK HERE to see a post in the technical library here that may be of help on checking and working on your glow plug system.

Dave / Believer45
 

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For Q1, do you hear a hissing/whooshing noise along with it? If so, that's your EBPV. It closes when cold to heat up the engine faster. Lots of people have disconnected/removed theirs.
 

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For Q1, do you hear a hissing/whooshing noise along with it? If so, that's your EBPV. It closes when cold to heat up the engine faster. Lots of people have disconnected/removed theirs.

This happens when it's not cold also though. Is that still a solution of it happens anytime?
 

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There's a sensor that's supposed to make it not close as the truck warms up. It's connected to a tube that can get clogged with soot. If you unclog that tube, it'll probably stop activating when it's warmed up. I don't remember the exact location, but do a search on "EBP sensor" or some such, here and on the other diesel sites, and there're plenty of threads on the topic.
 

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Can anyone tell me how to test the glow plugs? I just replaced the gpr yesterday but tried to start it again today and it wouldn't.
 

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I wouldnt even test them, just replace them. If that doesnt do it you may have a starter or a battery issue with slow cranking. When a truck is cold, I think its normal to idle a little rough
 

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I know it sounds dumb, but I had the same problem with my truck when I started it up and it surged at idle. I changed the neutral safety switch on the trans and it has never loped again. Just my two cents
 
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