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Old November 18th, 2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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I have a 96 F-250 with a turbo powerstroke . I have a problem with what i think might be the glow plugs. If i try to start it after it sits overnight it will not start. But if i plug the truck into 110v it will fire right up. I can drive it into town and turn it off and go inside a store or restaurant, come outside and it starts just fine. Leave it for any longer and it wont start again.

Any ideas what the problem might be ??
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Old November 18th, 2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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I would replace the glow plug solenoid/relay first. Right on top of the intake. Looks like a starter solenoid.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 04:59 PM   #3
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Thanks, I will try that. Iam looking for inexpensive fixes first before i go hog wild and spend allot of money. Iam thinking it has to be something simple. The truck only has 95,000 miles on it.
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A quick test for that is to take a big bolt 1/2 inch or bigger in diameter and put between the 2 big terminals of that solenoid and short them together tightly . Count to about 10 and start it if it fires right up its definately the relay is bad or not being energized . I say to use a bolt that big because there is alott of curent draw on that system and anything smaller may start to glow red in your hand branding you . This also is good to know if your in the middle of nowhere with limited test equipment .
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Make sure to hold bolt with pliers, also check the wiring that runs to the glow plugs. It can rub on valve covers.
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simple volt meter will do the trick. I just replaced mine last month because it would sometimes not start. The meter showed it would cycle from 8-11 volts. Found a napa part that was $20 instead of OEM ford which is around $80. Works great now with no issues.
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simple volt meter will do the trick. I just replaced mine last month because it would sometimes not start. The meter showed it would cycle from 8-11 volts. Found a napa part that was $20 instead of OEM ford which is around $80. Works great now with no issues.
What is he napa part number?
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accurate diesel sells one for $35 Made in Usa.

I think Napa's is GPR 109
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Old November 29th, 2011, 10:39 AM   #9
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If you dont already know, the 50amp fuse will also blow and cause a no start.
Dont skimp on the glow plug relay when you replace it, its just not worth it. fix it once.
I dont know which one is on mine but its a huge 'ol thing, very heavy duty cycle.

Also, you should replace the glow plugs, they are due. Be sure to use only IH or FORD packaged glow plugs, the aftermarkets tend to swell and break off (Big $$ to fix).
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