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Old 02-09-2011, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2003 E-350 7.3L Very hard to start when cold

I have this 2003 Diesel 7.3L very hard to start when cold. I just put in 2 new battery and when the weather very cold it won't start, the starter can't turn over fast enough. when i plug in the engine warmer electrical the truck would start ok. The problem when i leave home it wont start if i park too long. Anyone have any similar problem like this, would the starter go bad that can cause this problem or the glow plugs?
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it sounds like the starter may be going bad. does it turn over really slow all the time?
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You need to start with Kevin's write-up:

Hard/No Start? Check here first.

The starter can definitely be the issue, but the glow plug relay is more commonly the problem. If you do find it bad, consider the Stancor mod:

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It turn over really slow when too cold outside and turn normal when warm up
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Then, if you are sure your batteries are well charged (possible alternator issue if they aren't) and that all your connections are clean and tight, then you need to replace your starter. When and if mine goes out, I plan on replacing it with this one:

Ford Extreme Diesel Starter - 2-2197-ND Starter - Nippondenso OSGR 4.0 kW, 12 Volt, CW, 13-Tooth Pinion

If you are in a cold climate, you might also consider using Rotella T6 5W40 during wintertime as well.
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Have your Alt checked to just make sure. But it sounds like the starter to me.
My guess, is you replaced the batts because it was not cranking over good. You put them in and it probably cranked over fine. Then shorty after it went back to the same old poor cranking. Thats what mine did. Replaced the starter and problem solved. But my starter about a week after putting the new batts in sounded like a garbage disposal grinder HA! So it was pretty clear what the problem was.
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If your running 15w-40 oil that could be the problem. When it really cold it gets really thick. I'm using the Rotella T5 5w-40 synthetic and the engine cranks over and starts way better than it did with 10w-30 Dino oil I used to use in winter.


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Let's hope that in the three years since he posted this he got it figured out...


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