Join Date: Jun 2011
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Truck won't start After using block heater???
Ok guys, this was the weirdest thing:
First time ever actually using the block heater today. Its been down to 15 degrees or so and has started just fine every time but I figured with the good weather I'd see if the block heater actually worked and plugged it in, a few hours later I go to start it
Walk outside and unplug, let the glowplugs cycle 2 or 3 times like I always do, Then when I turn the key to start I get nothing! No clicks or lights or anything just the spring-like resistance in the ignition. I tried this 3 more times and still got nothing.
After that I wait for a minute and try again, this time a few lights flash and the Water In Fuel light flashes in time with the 3 or so (totally guessing) cylinders that are turning over. Its mostly shaking at this point, certainly far from running, shaking like the last couple revs before I turn it off after a drive.
After this I'm frustrated and totally confused and get out my multimeter and open the hood. 12.65 volts on my new (yesterday) batteries... not a power problem. Then because I've never used a block heater before I start touching things, absolutely everything is warm, the fuel filter, heads, alternator, Everything is warm (guessing 80 degree???)
Anyways I get back in the truck for one last try before I quit and it starts before I can let off the key, high idle working and everything. I check voltage and its running at 13.3 or so and everything is working as good as can be.
Sorry for the long background by why would my truck not even hint at turning over until several minutes after it's unplugged then start like its the middle of July?
Thanks in advance guys and Merry Christmas!
1989 IDI F350 4x4 ATS Turbo 5 speed 160k miles 6 inch lift