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Old 06-25-2009, 02:28 PM   #1
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I just got this 89 F-250 non-turbo diesel. did about 500 worth of work so far wraped up the diesel and trans leaks and replaced starter and batts. but where i am at now is it will not start without assistance from some sort of starting fluid. i heard it has become dependent and the habit can be broke. it will start normal about and hour after running but any longer i have to use some fluid again. anyone know how to break my "drug" addicted diesels habit?
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:33 PM   #2
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Yeah I believe glowplugs and glowplug relays. I used to drive a Powersuck that had an addiction. It could be 100 freakin' degrees outside and that sucker would not crank. You could just hold the ether can close to the air intake and it would fire up....LOL!

Seems as if the Fords get addicted the easiest, that has been my experience anyway.
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I would agree and say either glow plugs, weak starter or weak batteries. My 6.2 is addicted to either and won't start without it until it warms up. I know my glow plug relay and glow plugs are bad, but I'm too cheap to replace them.
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There are some tech write-ups about wiring your own GP system on some of the diesel sites (dieselstop.com). If the relay and stuff is bad, it's cheaper than going back with stock stuff. I looked into it at one time when I was gonna buy an addicted '83 with the 6.9.
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As warm as it's been it should light off if the starter is strong, with no glow plugs. Has anyone turned up the fuel adjustment screw or jacked with the IP timing? If ou're screw's turned up, could be harder to start, if timing's off a tooth or two, it may never without ether. Look at the top of the IP on the round part of it front of your timing cover, there's two halves, make sure the marks are lined up. If not, the IPs been replaced and your timing is off a little, contributing to your problem. line up the two marks by loosening up the bolts on the front of the pump, roll that half, tighten it back up.
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Hate to steer you away from this sight, but oilburners.net is a wealth of info for the old 6.9 and 7.3 IDIs.
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I've never messed with the fords, but i've had several 6.2/6.5 chevys that were "dependent: when i got them. A fresh set of glow plugs usually will fix it as long as the rest of the glow plug system is working properly. If it doesnt fire up normally after a glow plug change, try to "hot wire the glow plugs for about 30 seconds, then try to fire it up. If that gets it to work, your glow plug controller/solenoid may be the problem. You can either repair the system, or build you a manual momentary glow plug switch setup that lets you cycle the glow plugs on your own. Ether is bad about fouling glow plugs, which causes the motor to become dependent on it. It can also cause the plugs to swell on the tips and make them a real bear to change out. Hope this helps.
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