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My 2007 sprinter has difficulty turning over on cold mornings. It has to crank for a good 8 to 10 seconds before turning over. If I turn the ignition on to pre heat the glow plugs and then off 3 to 4 times it starts fine. I have had all the glow plus replaced, the glow plug controller module, crank shaft sensor and power cable from the battery to the starter. The engine light on the dash is off but the problem continues.

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  • frank_owns Sep 27, 2010

    This solution is useless. It is 55 degrees fairenheight. The glow plugs should be staying on longer. When the truck was new they would stay on longer and and the truck would start immediatley every time. I hope you have a better solution than this. Using a block heater in the summer is rediculus

  • frank_owns Sep 27, 2010

    I don't understand your saying I know the answer. My truck has always started in these temperatures just fine and the problem started about 5 months ago. I am looking for the truck to operate as it did a few months ago in factory condition. I am not looking for a bandaid option that has me using a block heater to start my truck in the summer months. What happens when I am staying in it over night and do not have a plug in? if you are able to provide me with direction given the steps the the dealer has already taken unsuccessfully please do. If you do not have any idea's that do not include altering the operation of the truck from it's normal operation to overcome the problem please let me know. I have owned this vehicle for 3 years, live in Canada and have started it without issue at 5 degrees fairenheight before and now have trouble at 55 degrees fairenheight.

  • frank_owns Sep 28, 2010

    Look I am not trying to be an *** but adding a new part to a vehicle has has operated fine without it is not the solution I was looking for. The computer generated a code for a bad glow plug and I had all 6 replaced. It also generated an error for a bad glow plug controller module and I had it replaced. It then created an error for a bad crank shaft sensor and I had that replaced. I am 2k into work from the dealer and have the same problem. They can not do anything for me as the computer is not generating any more errors for them to follow and without directions from the vans computer they seem unable to work on it. I know it is not fuel as it starts fine if the ignition is turned on several times to heat the cylinders. It has cranking power and file but does not seem to be preheating enough. I thought maybe the controller module was taking it's temperature cues from the coolant temperature sensor so I had it replaced but no improvement. All research seems to state that the glow plug controller module is solely responsible for the time the glow plugs remain on to preheat the cylinders but this is a brand new module and the computer is not generating an error that it is faulty. For some reason it is no longer keeping the glow plugs on longer in cooler temperatures. Is there anything I am missing? Please forgive the spelling as I am on an iPad and it auto completes.

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The problem is your engine heater booster is running all the time. You will need to replace the dash switch that controls the heater boost (even though not lit) is sending a message to the water control valve to turn on. Replace the switch and it will start up every time on a cold morning

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Hello! I want to make sure, up front, you are using the correct fuel...Please tell me what brand and type of diesel you generally use...There are Technical Service Bulletins written for your vehicle concerning fuel types...Send a comment

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    David Burbee Sep 27, 2010

    Hello! Setting the fuel type to one side...The most likely cause of hard starting on cold mornings is not enough cranking power...The daytime running lights draw quite a bit of current and since the battery is small it has an effect on cranking amperage...The positive and negative cables need to be absolutely resistance free...If you have a voltmeter...Connect the +probe to the + battery terminal and the - probe to the other end of the cable where it connects to the starter motor...Crank the engine for only a couple of seconds...Just enough to get a reading but not start the engine...You must read lower than .4 volts...Optimum being .1 volts.....Perform the same test only move the - probe to the - battery terminal and the + probe to the outside case of the starter motor...Crank the engine for only a few seconds...Reading must be less than .3 volts...

    People who own Sprinter's have disabled the Daytime Running Lights to remove their current draw...

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Yes a diesel engine to start on a cold morning: the glow plugs must be activated about five times, wait for the glow plugs to switch off before you crank or else the battery current will be reduced to the starter making it crank slowly due to the current drain to the glow plugs.
Now two reasons, one being if the battery is a little poor in current rating, it will make the cranking slow and so the compression to start will be limited , than a fast crank.
The second can be poor starter response due to the low battery VA.
Since your glow plugs were replaced these are the two possible areas but the tuning of the pump and the compression of the engine are other factors.
So if the engine does not start in one crank, allow again the glow plug to work and shut before you crank to fire.

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'Cranking' and 'turning over' is the same thing. You need to get some heat into the engine before it can fire ... you have answered your question ... Let it preheat several times then give it a go.

Alternatively, you could put a block warmer on your engine and have it warm when you come out in the morning. Expect to pay up to $300.00 for a good block heater for your Dodge Sprinter. Keep it plugged in over night ... you will start right up and have cabin heat as you drive down the driveway ... For economy, you may want to put a timer on the heater so it will come on just a couple hours before you want to start your day.

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  • A Miller Sep 27, 2010

    Why are you so mad?



    What you said in the question would lead a reasonable person to believe you were in a area that is not so warm ... "... Difficulty turning over on COLD mornings..." I operate two diesel trucks and have experienced EXACTLY what you described and I applied the technique I described to you to my situation and it works ... my problem is managed. Is yours?



    Since you already know the answer why are you waisting your and my time here at this web site? You have it solved and think Im stupid ... that is great ... You still have your money don't you ...



    Get off your high horse.


  • A Miller Sep 27, 2010

    Rediculus is spelled ridiculous ...

  • A Miller Sep 28, 2010

    You are just full of surprises, Frank_owns ... You come here asking for help with what would appear to be a simple problem. I don't have any idea where you are located ... and I like it that way ... nor the circumstances leading up to this moment ... I read and respond to your question which is woefully inadequate with facts ... you call me rediculus because I tried to help you and now you reveal that the Dodge dealer can't fix it, even though you have put $2,000.00 toward that end... You do know the answer, Frank_owns ... but you want your three year old truck to run like a new truck. Frank_owns, it is not a new truck. The answer is more heat ... apply it.

    Here is the towel, Frank_owns ... I'm throwing it in ... as a volunteer question catcher working from my home here at this do it yourself site, I cannot match or beat the wits of the trained mechanics you have already consulted with their resources, and THEY can't help you.

    I'm sorry, Frank_owns, I can't help you.

    BTW, my two diesel trucks will fire right up in the morning ... Good luck to you in solving your conundrum.

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