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1995 dodge cummins diesel hard to start

A few days ago my truck wouldn't start. It was low on fuel. I added 4 gal of diesel then it had a hard time starting. I drove it 1 1/2 miles, shut it down, then started it. Drove 1/2 mile to the gas station and filled tank half way. Truck wouldn't start. Opened bleeder bolt on top of water fuel seperator and pushed primer.it didn't seem as though much air was bled out. next I replaced the filter and filled it with diesel. Still no change. Next i attempted to bleed the high pressure injector lines, but probably not long enough, then stopped to recharge batterys. following day, attempted to bleed lines again with fresh batterys. This time the man turning the key held it in the start position for as long as possible, rather than the short normal key turns. Slowly the engine began to fire longer and longer. It seemed as though it needed a little extra longer boost from the starter. IT stayed running after 15 attempts. I drove the truck for 20 min at highway speeds, came home shut it off and the same thing happened again requiring the same starting method. I checked the fuel solenoid shut off switch and found it to move up and down when power is turned to start and off.I talked to the man who drove it home and he the fuel light had just come on before he parked it and doesn't think it ran dry. Any suggestions and opinions would be greatly appreciated. Chris

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SOURCE: New fuel pump,started & drove 15 miles fine ,the next day no fire

The fuel pump electrical harness must be replaced.

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Fuel injected or carb? Make sure fuel line itself is clear. Some pumps are designed to self regulate (carb systems) some continually pump and a psi regulator sends back the excess fuel back to the tank (fuel inj systems) If the line is obstructed then pump can't deliver fuel fulltime.

If you think pump is not on consistent, try running a dedicated wire through a switch directly to the pump. If it works then you are looking for an electrical fault going to pump. Good luck.

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I dont know if this will help but i had a similar problem with an isuzu sbr and after doing all that you have done i took the fuel tank off and drained it. Every thing looked fine so i washed it out with a little bit of petrol and a small piece of clear plastic came out. What it was doing was floating up when the truck was not running but after i started the truck it would slowly get sucked down to the outlet and block the fuel line.
It was very frustrating and it took me quite a while to find the problem.
hope this helps.

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SOURCE: we recently rebuilt the engine

Font spend any more money on parts unless you know they are bad. Take the car to the shop that replaced your engine and have them check to see if they left a sensor or vacuum hose loose or disconnected. Even if it wasn't something they did they should be able to diagnose the problem.

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