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Old 08-14-2010, 11:35 PM   #81
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the terminals are clean, i havent checked the chassis groud, i will do that. I forgot to mention that once the engine is warm, it will start right up first try, like it should when its cold.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:08 AM   #82
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Being a short bus owner, I don't always make it to the big bus side of the forum-so I never noticed there was a bus build going on right across the river! Greetings from Moodus! (what is that being build in the garage in the pic with you painting the bus?)
P.S.-just put in glow plugs-they aren't expensive. Mine started up fine after sitting all winter.
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:39 PM   #83
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what is that being build in the garage in the pic with you painting the bus?
thats my dads gt-40 kit car

Any idea where i would get glow plugs
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:55 PM   #84
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any parts store, used to be about 7 bucks apiece I think
been years since i had to buy any?
seems like you need a 3/8" deepwell socket
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:17 PM   #85
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if i just tell the parts guy its a 1995 ford powerstroke 7.3 will they be the same plugs?
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:51 PM   #86
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Yup-thats all they are. NOW--odds are good your under valve cover harness + gaskets are NG (there are terminals that go thru the gaskets to power the glow plugs-the connections arc out after a while--I'm betting thats where you problem lies) On mine, I ended up replacing the engine side terminals-the UVC harness-the gaskets + glow plugs all in one shot. (and put PLENTY of diletric grease on everything.) Probably $200 will get everything. Do everything in one shot for peace of mind. Everything but the engine side terminals is availible from NAPA.
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i guess im just really having trouble believing its the glow plugs that are the issue. In this weather(80* or more) i should barely need the plugs. And the motor should crank fast no matter if the glow plugs are shot or not, right? the starter doesnt even engage at all the first time i turn the key to start.
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I agree with you Chandler. The glow plugs should have no effect on the starter. If you cannot consistently get the engine to crank at a good speed, then I would be looking for something else. I assume you have tried jumping it to make sure the problem is not the battery? Maybe next you should get the starter bench tested to see if there is a problem with the starter or solenoid. Starters are usually not too hard to take off. Make sure you disconnect the battery before messing with it though or you you may be in for a shocking experience. Before testing the starter, you might try jumping it directly by bridging the contacts with a screwdriver (one with an insulated handle - or maybe you can devise another safer method). If that consistently spins the engine then the problem is probably somewhere between the ignition key and the starter solenoid.

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Old 08-20-2010, 01:26 AM   #89
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well i feel a little dumb for not doing this before, but i checked the voltage in the batteries again today, but this time before i ran the bus. Getting just under 12 volts. before i had shecked them after i ran the motor, and the weak batteries held a charge for about 15 or 20 minutes so i thought they were fine. it all makes sense now. Ill be picking up 3 new ones from napa this weekend and hopefully that does the trick. priced them out, does $110 a piece sound reasonable/familiar?
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:31 PM   #90
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picked up 3 new batteries from napa yesterday. I used my friends discount card from licoln tech, which dropped the price from 110 to 85 bucks a piece. bus starts up first try now everytime. i even had a little party on it last night with the stereo and lights on for about 5 hours and it still started right up this morning.
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