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Truck won't start in the winter

I've tired to adding diesel addtative and i've tried draining the fuel filter at night but nothing seems to work. Yes i'm a mechanic in the army but i can't figure this problem. well plez respone asap this is my only truck and i need for work thanks

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If the weather is cold enough where you are at, the diesel fuel in the line, or the tank, is turning to gel. also in the fuel water seperator the water is probably stopping up in there. Try using a heater to warm the tank up before driving.

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