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Old 12-07-2013, 07:24 AM
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cycle glow plugs 5 - 6 times

So I put in some motorcraft glow plugs Thursday night and new valve cover gaskets after having to cycle plugs 5 or 6 times and crank a bit at 15 - 20 degreea went out yesterday morning cycled WTS one time truck started about 15-20 degrees did the same thing yesterday night same temp. This morning it's about 5 degrees and I had to cycle the plus 5 or 6 times with a little cranking and she started. I know it needs plugged in with the temp so low but I can't get close enough to the house last night and it's gonna have to sit outside at the armory all day un plugged. I just curious is this normal and could so much cycling at once damage the new plugs?
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Glow plugs stay on for up to two mins. after the light goes out. Wait 20-30 seconds after the light goes out before you try to start.
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agreed there is no need to cycle the glow plugs.
once the wait to start light goes out, wait 30 seconds to let them heat the cylinders up a little longer and then start it.
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Gunnison, Co. is the coldest spot in the lower 48 and my truck sits outside all day for work. Luckily I can usually plug it in at work, sometimes I don't get the option or am to busy and forget. When it is -15* to - 25* at the end of the day and I did not plug her in I will run the Glow Plugs thru one full cycle, about 2 minutes. You will see the battery volt meter jump up to the right when they shut off. Then I recycle them and wait for about a minute before firing up the truck. She starts but makes some good smoke when it is that cold - no smoke if plugged in. Running 5W-40 Schaeffer's synthetic oil instead of Rotella 15W-40 also helps with how fast the motor turns over and starts. Good batteries and starter are also a must, not to mention functioning glow plugs and relay.
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Ok well that is good to know, my old idi you could here the relay clicking after the start light went out I haven't ever heard that in this truck though. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't burning up plugs I just spent 90$ on lol I am gonna have to get stuff moved around at the house though to plug her in I reckon. I run 15-40 Detroit diesel oil (I work for Detroit)
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