it will crank with out it when it is still warm but once it get cold it wont start without it unless i plug it up (block heater) for half hour or so...found out this by going to a friends party(no where to plug up) was their for a few hours an it wouldnt start. shot a quick shot of ether ( per the guy i bought the truck from) and it fired right up... he then told me he was doing that ever since he had the truck, when it was cold out and had no where to plug in... i just knew it wasnt good for a diesel but didnt know what exactly it would do, one of by buddies told me it was like crack to a person, an if done long enough it would become dependent on it...
Yep like trampsdiesel said,I had the same problem (cold starting) I checked my gp's and found one bad, replaced it and problem solved! You definitely need to check your gp's with a ohm meter It's super easy and while your at test the wires to. You can learn a ton around here just search the forum or ask these guys are awsome!
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yea if you got the gps working now, i would toss the ether in the garbage. one good puff and bang. ive heard of it blowing glow plugs to bits, blowing the prechambers out, and in one case a guy was diagnosing a no start after a head gasket job and it turned out he used the wrong bolts, so when it went bang it ripped the bolts out, and destroyed the threads in the holes.
93 F250 ext cab 4x4, 7.3 5 speed, Banks Sidewinder, straight piped (I've actually seen people look up when I pass to find the low flying jet ) 2 tone beige (fugly) I dont worry about how much weight my truck will pull, I worry about how much it'll stop.
No disrespect to your buddy but a truck becoming dependent on ether is just rediculous!!! Its more like the driver gets dependent on it cause he doesn't know how or is too lazy to fix the real problem.
And yeah if you do ether wrong very bad things happen!!
BTW fixing the real problem with gp's is usually not very difficult.
So like the guys have said check the ohms on your glow plugs even if they are new even one bad can cause problems.
After that check your glow plug controller.
I think chuckster already asked but no answer ... How long is your wait to start light in the cab staying on when you first turn the key on?
This answer will tell us a lot and we can go from there.
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