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Hard coldd start.

I have a 1997 7.3 and it is hard to start when its cold. I was told to check the glow plug realy and timer. Where is it and how do I check this. Also how to tell if my glow plugs are good or bad.



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    will not start without starter fluid



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On a 7.3 you have to take off the valve cover to test the glow plugs disconnect the wires from each glow plug and take a single wire run it from the positive pole of the battery and touch the tip of the glow plug. If it sparks it is good and if not it is bad. do this one by one. I have almost the same problem but mine is the icp above desired and here in belize nobody knows about 7.3.

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Dont know the mileage of vehicle but as far as age goes the glow plugs are due for replacement and cold start issues are a good sign that they are .Not aware of any test for the glow plugs however they will be the cause of your cold start problem

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    tony yeatman Nov 29, 2008

    One other thing make sure the electrical contacts on the glow plugs is giving a good contact and that a good and constant source of power is being delivered while in glow position.Good luck.



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