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Old 11-10-2013, 09:23 AM
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Cold Weather Start Issue

I just bought a 99 E300 turbo diesel with 200k on the odometer. It runs good but has not started like it should from day one, meaning that it would turn over a couple of times before firing up in warm weather. Now that it's cold, it will not start at all. It is acting like it's out of fuel. Can anyone tell me where I could be losing fuel due to cold weather? Or is there something I'm overlooking?

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Old 11-10-2013, 11:30 AM
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Most likely it is a Glow Plug issue. One or more not working.

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Old 11-10-2013, 11:49 AM
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I was under the impression that, if a glow plug was bad, there would be a message on the dash computer. That would truly suck if that was the case ��
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:57 PM
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I was under the impression that, if a glow plug was bad, there would be a message on the dash computer. That would truly suck if that was the case ��
That would be nice if those sort of things worked like they were supposed to. (This reminds Me of what I was told when I was in College taking My Respiratory Therapy Training. No matter what Lab Tests or Electrical Monitors indicate you need to focus on what is going on with the Patient.)

Pull off the Glow Plug Relay and inspect the Relay Fuse for cracks or burnt. See if the Screws that hold the Fuse down are snug.

Take your Volt/Ohm Meter and follow the Diesel Giants Pictorial on Glow Plug Repair (this is not an endorsement to buy parts on that site). An adequate digital Volt/Ohm Meter is cheap at Harbor Freight stores.

You don't need to get dirty and the whole check will take about 3-5 minutes and you will be 95% sure if the Glow Plugs are working or not.

If your year and model has a Vacuum Shutoff on the Fuel Injection Pump disconnect the Hose at the Fuel Injection Pump and plug the Hose end. If it starts OK like that you may have an issue with the Vacuum Shutoff Valve on the Steering Colum Lock.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:35 PM
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There is about a 99% chance it's a glow plug issue.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:42 PM
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I just bought a 99 E300 turbo diesel with 200k on the odometer. It runs good but has not started like it should from day one, meaning that it would turn over a couple of times before firing up in warm weather. Now that it's cold, it will not start at all. It is acting like it's out of fuel. Can anyone tell me where I could be losing fuel due to cold weather? Or is there something I'm overlooking?

Can you update your profile under User CP to indicate your location? I think I know who this is, but want to be sure it is you Justin.



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Can you update your profile under User CP to indicate your location? I think I know who this is, but want to be sure it is you Justin.



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Old 11-11-2013, 01:33 AM
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I forgot to mention something. If the Glow Plug Relay was not working correctly it might not send any error signal to the Glow Plug Light.
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Update on the condition of my condition.... It was hell but I finally got her started. Upon starting, I noticed lots of smoke coming out of the tailpipe and now, my check engine light is on. It ran great but Autozone was closed so I will take it tomorrow and check the code(s) for the check engine light and have the glow plugs' resistance checked. I will post all information ASAP. Thanks for all of the advice and support, guys.





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Old 11-11-2013, 11:22 PM
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My check engine code was P1369. Autozone's system pointed me in the direction of glow plug number 5. I did a resistance check at the glow plug relay and confirmed that number 5 and number 2 are bad. Should I go ahead and replace all of the glow plugs or just the bad ones? I'm not sure when they were all changed. The previous owner said they were changed last year but had no paperwork to back this up.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:43 AM
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In Mississippi it usually doesn't get very cold. Replace the known bad glow plugs and you should be good until another one goes bad.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:31 PM
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Does anyone know of where to get a reamer for the glow plug sockets on a 99 E300? Or how to make one?

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