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Old 11-05-2004, 11:28 AM
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Starting up in colder weather

It's gotten a little cooler in Houston, with lows in the 40's, and 50's. So, when I go out in the morning, the car is a little harder to start. I don't start the car until the GP light has been off for about 15-30 seconds, and even after that, I have to apply the accel. pedal slightly for a few seconds after I start to ensure the car does not shut off, about 5-7 seconds, it'll stay on, and I'll see a cloud of white smoke behind me, but there is no more smoke after that. This happens on the 81 and 82. Is this normal?
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Old 11-05-2004, 11:53 AM
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No, I don't think so...

My wagon started this morning no problem, and we are in the same city.

I would check you glow plug relay, fuel filters, and glow plugs.
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Old 11-05-2004, 12:01 PM
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Did you leave your car outside last night? Or was in the garage?
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Old 11-05-2004, 12:59 PM
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On the street...

Nope I always park it on the street.
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Old 11-05-2004, 01:13 PM
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Benzoboy,

If you car has full power on hills when its warm its not the fuel fliters.

You might have a margial or burned out GP which will cause one cylinder to missfire until that cylinder gets a little warmer.

It might be a cylinder that is getting to the point where the compression isn't high enough to create enough heat to ignite the fuel until the engine gets warmer. A compression test would tell if this is true.

Have checked the valve adjustment lately? A tight valve can also reduce the compression.

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Old 11-05-2004, 01:18 PM
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Thumbs up bad glow plugs.

Read this thread for help.
Glow Plug Testing?

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Old 11-05-2004, 01:39 PM
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I love it. Someone from Houston concerned with cold weather. I've been plugging my car's block heater in at night for the last three weeks. Starts like a dream with it, a huge battery drain without it.
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Old 11-05-2004, 01:49 PM
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Last night was the first time since last winter it wouldn't start.......... I need to see if glowplugs are getting power. Car ALWAYS started quick and smooth and last night ....................nothing.
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When I lived in south Texas, there seemed like there were only two seasons. Summer, which started in November and lasted through February, and then the hot season.
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When I lived in south Texas, there seemed like there were only two seasons. Summer, which started in November and lasted through February, and then the hot season.
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Old 11-05-2004, 03:38 PM
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The best time to be in Houston

This is it, and today is the day to be playing golf...just beautiful.
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Old 11-05-2004, 04:20 PM
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Mine used to start hard and shut back off when it was even slightly cold out, until I adjusted the (excessively overtight) rack damper bolt on the Injection Pump, after setting that to an optimum point, mine starts right away in any weather, and won't shut back off if I let off the gas right away. It made me very happy
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check your glow plugs, that is most likely the culprit.
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Old 11-05-2004, 07:47 PM
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And we have had ice already . . . cars have both started normally. Time to get serious with the block heaters.
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Old 11-05-2004, 11:54 PM
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block heater

Hi fellas: just bought a block heater and I was wondering how to install into a 82-300d. I believe you have to do something on the drive-side of the engine... any help will be greatly appreciated...
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