First off i'd like to say i'm new to FTE so if i'm posting this in the wrong section I appologize. Ok now down to the problems...so i have a 2002 F350 7.3L. I have been having starting problems for about the last month or 2. I've had the truck diagnosed at checker multiple times and so far have replace the starter, one battery (the other one tests good), and an alternator. The truck starts about 90% of the time but the other 10% of the time it will not start. I have taken it back to checker and there diagnostic shows nothing is wrong. I refuse to go to a dealer because i believe they screw you most of the time. The truck will start with a jump most of the time so i don't thinkn it is the glow plugs. I've checked fuel lines and filters along with air filters all is well there. The truck still has power when it wont start (radio, headlights, instrument cluster all comes on, no check engine light is on however) I don't know what is causing this problem, i am clompletely at a loss as is the auto parts store and my friend whom is a diesel mechanic. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys/girls!!
Is it a manual??? Clutch safety switch? Check battery ground cables and positive cables, and the big gauge power wire that goes to the starter for good / clean / tight connections, tears or cuts or wear thrus in the protective coating on the wires.Check the HOT wires that go from battery to alternator. Does the truck have a draw that slowly drains power from the batteries as the truck sits?
Is there any relation between how long the truck sits for, and whether or not it will start?
What does it do to 'not start'? does it crank without firing, turn the key and wont crank, turn the key and it clicks, turn the key and lights dim and starter clicks, turn key lights dim and starter doesnt do anything???
Do you have different keys for it and sometimes use a bad key and 90% of the time use the good key? Anything is possible.
I know you are in Thornton, but if you are willing to drive it to Castle Rock, there is a GREAT shop down there who I highly recommend you atleast call. ART Automotive, They are at 1015 Park St, Suite B in Castle Rock, and you can get a hold of the owner, Chris Andrews by calling the shop at 303-660-0522. Let him know that John from Bandimere recommended you contact him and he will take good care of you and your truck.
Its an automatic unfortunately, i'd prefer it to be manual but oh well. haha Maybe it could be the nuetral safety switch which the automatic has (good call on that)...All connections are tight and cables are in good condition. When it doesn't start, it clicks once and doesn't even try to crank. no lights dim or nothing. Its pretty random on the sit time, one time it sat for 5 minutes and the next time it sat for ove 4hrs so idk. I heard the glow plug relay sometimes goes bad and will draw amps as the truck sits and this could be the problem. Have you heard of this problem on other 7.3's??? Anyways, i will give that shop a call and see what they say, and keep ya updated. I appreciate the input!!
I cant tell you for sure just by what you said here, and I dont know how familiar you are with these trucks/ motors but if youd like Id be willing to take a look at it for you. I live in Thornton too and do work on the side. Ive fixed stuff for some guys here in different sections (specifically 7.3 diesels) and if nothing else Id be willing to diagnose it for you for free. if your interested let me know and we'll figure something out.