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01 5.9 dodge diesel slow to start in morning. Starts fine rest of day Why

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  • stevencec658 Aug 01, 2009

    Let me say again. 24 valve 5.9 cummins 24 valve. replaced injector pump and lift pump. In the morning its a little hard to start cranks fine just cranks for about 20sec. before firing. The the rest of the day it fires immediately. But over nite settng, next morning another 20 sec. of cranking before it starts. Pressure test shows 14 psi when i bump the starter and 10psi at idle.8 to 10 psi and full open throttle against the governor.idles at approx.600 to 800 rpms. Any suggestions Thank you for your time it is very appriecated.


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Check standing battery voltage after sitting overnight. Battery may not be in very good shape, after starting, it will develop a surface charge that helps during subsequent starts. A starter that is drawing too much amperage can also cause this. Also make sure glow plugs are good.

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  • Richard Scordino Aug 01, 2009

    #s you gave don't sound terrible...I'd expect it to start better. Was talking with a friend that has a cummins in a big dodge who was complaining about nearly the same thing. He put some acetone in the fuel and hasn't had the problem since. I use it in my gasoline engines once in a while @ 3oz per 10 gal, to keep the injectors clean...I think he got the idea from me, but I've never tried it in a diesel. Can't hurt to give it a try!! I'd think that perhaps you have a couple of injectors that may be dripping, but I'm more oriented to really big-inch "old school" injection systems that pump nitromethane...never was in love with diesels 'cause they don't go fast. Reason I gave previous asnswer is that a few months back I watched two techs struggle with a no start diesel that had a marginal starter. When they finally figured it out it was four hours later! But...that's obviously not your problem. Fuel quality overall has been lousy for the past year and seems to be getting worse...don't know how it is near you. Like I said...give it a don't even have to get dirty to do it!

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