Question: In Cold Weather My Ford Diesel Dont Start

How Does Bad Spark Plugs Affect A Car From Staring In Cold Weather

My car wouldn't start and we found out it was the spark plugs. It would start when it was warmer out, but it's been in the negatives lately.I finally got it fixed and that's the reason why it wouldn't start. I'm just curious why cold weather would affect the spark plugs and warmer weather didn't affect it as much. ...

Blue Smoke From My Diesel

I have a 2000 Ford Excursion with a 7.3 liter diesel and about 84,000 miles. I just switched from conventional oil to synthetic, and in recent cold-weather starts, I notice a large amount of blue smoke and a loud hissing noise coming from the exhaust pipe. Is this oil smoke? What can I do to solve this problem? ...

Chevy Truck Question

Im driving my grandparents 2003 Chevy 2500 HD truck. Its a diesel. Im in extremely cold weather. I just tried to start it and it ran for a little bit but then I could get it started after that. Cant I plug in an extension cord to keep the truck warmed up or keep the glow plugs warm? where in the hell is the cord at? Does my diesel automatically have it? ...

Glow Plugs On Newer Diesel Trucks

My father thinks it is OK to just start his truck without waiting for the glow plug light to go out, even in cold weather. He says that this is true in the newer models. Is this true? Why would there be glow plugs if you aren't supposed to use them? I always wait with my diesel vehicles. ...

Volvo 240 Won’t Start When It’s Cold

Posted a similar question but trying to troubleshoot because I don't want to spend too much more fixing it. Okay here goes volvo 240 1991 won't start when temp drops below freezing. Most common problem with this is the Fuel Pump Relay bought a new one put it in nothing. The weather here has been ridiculous with the temps down in the negatives. The cold obviously killed the battery after several attempts to start it. I put fresh gas in and ...

Diesel Hard Start

I have a 1993 Ford F250 Diesel 7.3L Non-turbo. I am having a very hard time starting it when it is cold. I have had the entire glow plug system replaced and it all works perfectly. Once the truck gets started it has no issues. Upon a warm start it also has no issues. I have burned out starters and glow plugs trying to get it to start when it is cold (even 40deg F). Any ideas on what to ...

Diesel Truck Lights On

Most likely a dumb question to those who know,but why do diesel truck owners,from pick ups to the big rigs,leave the parking lights on with the engine off? I used to see this in NY where I used to live during cold weather and assumed that it was meant somehow to keep the batteries from freezing.Now living in a desert,I see the same thing.Is it something for the glow plugs,or do I just see a lot of dumb diesel truck owners? ...

2002 Ford Taurus Fuel Pump Problem

Once the winter came so did the problem. It began with 20 degree weather and the car didnt start. The fuel pump in the tank couldnt be heard so no fuel was getting to the engine. After a few days of warmth it started fine. Cold came again and same issues. I checked a fuse from the manual and replaced the fuel relay and no luck. After a long cold spell came warm weather ...

How Can You Keep Glow Plugs Warm In The Cold Weather

1981 Oldsmobile cutlass LS diesel ...

Mechanic Related Question About Engine Temperatures

My understanding of a cold air intake is that it allows cold air to get into the engine chamber enhancing overall engine performance in the upper rev limit. How does an engine warm up fast in winter weather with a cold air intake? I am aware of a thermostat and mass air flow meter/sensor, but what generates the warmth in the engine block? Is it the radiator coolant on a cold start up on a cold winter morning that gets ...