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1996 power stroke wont start when cold


Created On Thursday January 24, 2008 14:51 Diesel Talk
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delane2886
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1996 power stroke starts & runs perfect when outside temp is 50 or above. Below 50, Ihave to heat
it with block heater. Then it starts & runs perfectly. I have replaced the glo plug solenoid, but it made no difference. It has 111 K miles. Will appreciate any help as to next thing to check

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Carl V. DeLaney Jr.
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The 7.3 Powerstrokes have a plug connection problem in the valve cover gasket. The plug connection on the inside of the valve cover for the glow plugs and injectors comes loose and looses connection. If the v/c gasket has 2 plug connections on it, the first and last terminal on each plug is for a glow plug. If the v/c gasket has only one plug connection, the first 2 and last 2 terminals in the plug are for glow plugs. A continuity check at these terminals will tell you if you have a harness problem or bad glow plug under the valve cover.

The heater element under the fuel filter in the bottom of the filter housing also fails and short out. When they do, the fuse they blow also is also used for a feed for the glow plugs. You can usually drain the filter-housing remove the filter and visually see the condition of the heater. The ones that I have seen short have been in pieces and / or submerged in sediment.
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