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Old 11-02-2013, 10:55 PM
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There are many possible causes for loss of coolant:
Visible radiator hoses - do an inspection. Look for signs of rust deposition from dried radiator water.
There is a tiny section of radiator hose between the front engine thermostat housing and the water pump I think. It's a regular inch or so length of hose that is hard to see unless you know where to look.
Pinholes in the radiator - look for the signs of water leaking out under pressure.

As for hard starting - glow plugs, glow plug timer, wires. Lack of air flow - check filter for blockage.

Fuel delivery as stated.

Also as suggested, don't jump to conclusions that all is lost. Check the little stuff first and rule it out.
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