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Own a 2001 E-350 7.3l engine cranks, doesn't start. Thinking it might be glowplug related (fuel fumes come out of the exhaust after a number of attempts... So it is getting fuel) What can I test myself, (where do I find the bits to test... It's really tight in there!)

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Try plugging in the block heater and see if that helps with the starting. Haynes has an excellent Diesel Engine Repair Manual, part #10330 that will help you find and fix the problem. It includes photos and tips as well as upgrades. It also gives you test readings to look for and how to test as well. It covers the 6.6 and 7.3 as well as GM 6.2 and 6.5. Hope this helps.

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  • cy schousboe Mar 21, 2011

    That should be 6.9 instead fo 6.6.

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