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92 F350 7.3 Glow plug problem

I have changed the controller and all the glow plugs and they still dont work, the controller just sits there and clicks every second for about thirty seconds and then stops, any ideas

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Check the wiring harnesses under the valve covers. The heat damages them. Frd has connector kits to service them versus $600 harness. Some dealers know about kits, others do not.
Cycling says reays are working but glow plugs are not getting current. My guess.

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Glow Plug System: Description and Operation
GLOW PLUG SYSTEM
The 6.0L diesel engine uses a glow plug system that preheats air in the combustion chamber to improve cold engine starting.
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- glow plugs.
- glow plug control module.
- powertrain control module (PCM).
- engine oil temperature (EOT) sensor.
- barometric pressure sensor (BARO sensor).
The glow plug monitor system is part of the On-Board Diagnostics II (OBD II) System.
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control module will energize the glow plugs immediately after the key is placed in the ON position. Then, depending on the readings from the engine
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Section 03-07B: Glow Plug System 1996 F-250, F-350, F-Super Duty Equipped with 7.3L Diesel Engines Workshop Manual
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