When its under 40(F)degrees the car will not start. I warm the glow plugs a few times, and then the battery dies when i crank the engine. Dashboard goes haywire, the clock resets to 1200. I end up jump starting the car. any ideas?
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Since batteries lose almost half their cranking power at freezing, and since diesels require much higher fuel temps to start than gasoline engines, many recommend using a block heater whenever the temperature is under 35-40 degrees if starting becomes a problem.
When was the last time you changed or cleaned the spark plugs. I had an older car and just would not fire up when it was real cold outside. We ran down two batteries so at zero degrees Fahrenheit I changed the spark plugs. No problem after that
also is your carburetor set up so the choke is working properly?
in cold weather diesel gels up and sometimes causes a no start issue..a cetane fuel additive helps with this issue. if temps go below 20 degrees, add a quart per tankful of cetane to the fuel to help start on cold mornings. also diesels require more amperage to crank than gas engines do..thus a stronger battery is needed..
Your glow plug controller is out, or there is an interruption in its power source, etc. Diesels are coldblooded by nature, and most need glow plugs to heat them up before starting in cold weather. The controller supplies the power to the glow plugs, but if it goes bad, or its supply of power isn't there, it won't start in cold weather, and that wait to start light which is also controlled by it won't come on.
Yes it does. Let the glow plugs warm up for 7-10 seconds (the light on the panel should go off) and then crank the engine. If the weather is cold, half an hour of running does not warm up the engine completely so you need to use the plugs for the first few startups during a cold day.
Yes, my 2003 did the same with about 75k miles on it, stranded me on days it stayed under 40F unless I plugged in the block heater the night before, then it started like a champ. Dealer replaced the relay and a control unit under ESP warranty. There's no way to fix this one without throwing parts at it.