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Truck cranks then dies?????
Ok, this is the first time I have ever posted a thread, but I am in desperate need of assistance. My truck has about 251,000 miles on it and it has been very good to me, but recently I have had some problems.
About 2 weeks ago I got off on a thursday and went out of town in my wifes car. When we got home on Sunday I went to go crank my truck. It immediately started, ran for about 6 seconds and died. When I went to crank it up again it would turn over but would not start. The temperature outside had dropped about 30 degrees since that Thursday, but it was still only about 45 degrees outside. After cranking on it for about 4 minutes, I gave it a shot of ether and it started up.
At this point I started plugging my truck in at night, and it has been starting fine in the mornings (even when it got down to 22 degrees). However, when I get off of work if it is below 50 degrees or so, it does the exact same thing it did that Sunday.
I have heard mixed reviews from different people about the problem. Some say that my grid heater relay or the grid heater itself is bad. So, I checked the relay with a fluke and for some reason I am only getting 6 volts to each relay/sollenoid...
Other people I talk to say that I shouldnt need the grid heater unless the temperature drops in the negative (which doesnt happen in my part of the country). They believe it may be my lift pump losing prime, but I dont understand why plugging it in at night would solve this problem. However, when I went to check the solenoids I did smell diesel under the hood pretty strongly, and I do believe that I am losing diesel somewhere.
Please help if you have any clue...
Also, when I turn my key on it takes between 5-20 seconds for my WTS light to even come on, but it has been doing this for about 3 years now...
2003 - qc- swb- 4x4 - manual - straight pipe - Willy's whistler - edge EZ - leveled w/ 35" trail grapplers - full replacements all around