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99 Ford Econoline Diesel, Hard Cold Weather Starting
Q: I have a '99 Ford Econoline and I have to park the truck outside overnight. When the temperature drops, the engine takes a lot of tries before starting. Is there anything I can do to avoid this? Can I use a booster battery to help start the engine?

A: If you are having trouble starting your diesel now, you'll never get it running when winter really sets in. It just doesn't sound right that a new diesel would be having starting problems. What you are experiencing may be due to an underlying problem. I can't help but wonder if the glow plugs are not working correctly, or if there is a leak in the fuel lines allowing air to enter. Either condition will create a hard starting diesel engine. You'd better have your starting problem checked out before weather gets cold. Also, diesel engines love block heaters. Block heaters keep the engine coolant warm and allow for a quick start in cold weather. One word of caution: block heaters are rough on the electric bill, put it on a timer controlled circuit.

 
     
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