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starting problems '88 F250 diesel

 
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:36 PM
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starting problems '88 F250 diesel

7.3L IDI Custom --Truck started right up initially, then died abruptly. Now won't start. Ran fine for a 400 mile jaunt before letting it sit for a week. Turns over good and fast. Was cold (upper 20s) in morning, but didn't try starting until afternoon (in mid 40s), so didn't use heater. Usually starts pretty good, regardless. Had it about 2 years now. 120k on odo. Good workhorse, overall. Starter is new (one month ago). Electrical good (new batt. and volt. regulator), and had one glow plug changed a few months back.
 
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If it started up good, then died, that's the classic Air Intrusion problem.

You have a leak somewhere in the fuel return lines between the injectors or around the fuel filter.

To bleed it, open the tire valve on top of the fuel filter and have someone crank it untill lots of fuel pukes out of that. Then you'll have the injectors them self to crack open each one, or at least 4 of them, again cranking untill you see fuel start pissing out. Careful not to open them to much and it be a good safe thing to put a rag over them so fuel doesn't hit you in the eyes as theres around 1800PSI in those lines.

Your leak in the system is most likely the return lines, you'll need new rubber lines along with plastic T's and O-rings. Kit is about 15$.




WARNING! Do NOT crank more than 20 seconds at once! Your starter will thank you.


20 seconds crank, 2 full minutes cool down time.
 
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Thanks much! Will try your advice and let you know..
 
 
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