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Hard Starting I have an 03 F350 with a 6.0. Recently the truck will turnover and turnover regardless of how many times the glow plugs are put on. It will always eventually start, but it can turn over for 20 or more seconds before starting. Glow plugs are all functional. They were just checked. Once it has started and warmed up, it will start like normal. What could be the problem. Fuel pressure?

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    Michael Masters May 11, 2010

    hi, is this a 4wd or 2wd??

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    is the pickup low pressure electric diesel fuel pump working? any trouble codes?

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HI, there are many issues that can cause this situation you are experiencing at this time. i will list a few problem spots that i recommend inspecting. you will find the issue is one or all of the problem areas below.

1. Inspect the battery. it may be discharged or faulty(weak). test accordingly.
2. Inspect the air filter. this device could be clogged or dirty. replace if so.
3. Inspect the rotor-ignition. you may have a faulty ignition rotor.
4. Inspect the fuel injector pressure regulator. this regulator may be faulty and you should replace if so. this will cause the symptoms you are experiencing.
5. Inspect the Throttle Position sensor for faults and incorrect connections.
6. Inspect the entire injection assembly for faults. make sure they are all firing and pulsing in good timing.
7. Inspect the air charge sensor for faults. this sensor could be damaged. replace if so.
8. Inspect the MAP sensor. this sensor could be faulty or disconnected.
9. Inspect the mass air flow sensor. this could be loose or damaged or, the circuit may be damaged as well. replace if needed.
10. Inspect the air cleaner temperature sensor. this sensor may be faulty as well or damaged.
11. Inspect the fuel injector cold start valve. this valve may be damaged or faulty.


This list will help you track down the actual issue here and help you fix it as well. I would pay close attention when inspecting the above components and sensors.

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There are a number of things that can cause this. If a fuel line is leaking or the fuel pressure regulator is bad you will have to build the pressure back up each time. Otherwise I would suggest adding some good diesel fuel supplement with water dispersant and injection system cleaner.

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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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