Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Gainesville, FL, USA
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Re: 85 Ford F350 Diesel information?
Well, on that 85 I would bet for one thing either there are some bad glow plugs or there are air leaks around the injector leakoff caps. Seafarer is not wrong, but his truck is a PSD, controlled by a PCM computer, so playing with the pedal may do nothing in a stroke. What it does in an IDI is set the fast idle and cold timing advance. Here's the procedure, turn key to on, wait for glow plug light to go off, and then depress throttle slightly and crank, let off the throttle as soon as it begins to start. No need to race it. If the truck for some reason ahs a manual glow plug system, hold the button on for only 6-8 seconds in warm weatehr, maybe 10 in cold. You don't want to burn up the glow plugs, it can get ugly fast! I would get the light diesel shop to look it over, ask them to check for compression and excessive blowby. It may cost you a couple hundred, but it will be cheaper than a longblock or rebuild if things are not right with this engine. My gut says it's minor, but I don't want to sell you on a truck that will not serve you well.
J.D.'s Fords: 1986 F-250 6.9 diesel Solid State Glow Plug System 3.55 gears C-6 2WD 178,960 miles.... it still runs pretty good!
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1989 Ford Ranger ga$$er, non runner, soon to be donated or scrapped!