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Struggles to start , turns over untill battery goes flat

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  • whyte105 Apr 12, 2009

    its derv, new glow plugs have been put in, newe battery also?

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Are you getting a spark?( take out plug and set against block, have some body turn it over. if you see a spark jump ok..out of gas? are you getting fuel to the throttlebody? are the injector spraying a fine mist? is the battery fully charged?

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

  • Larry Mack
    Larry Mack Apr 18, 2009

    how old isi the battery. have it load tested at parts store of your choice. usually every two years you need to reup the batt. im in arizona though but have it tested.

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