I have a 2001 F-350, Appr. 140 000miles It runs great, but it takes 2 attempts to start it. The first time, you can just crank for less than a second. Then, if you crank again, it'll start right up. If you just attempt to crank the engine
one time, it won't start.
JA: Have you checked the fuel supply? And are all the spark plugs
Customer: It's a 7.3 diesel. I've fixed the connectors under the valve cover, and replaced the leaky high pressure switch in the past. It has an aftermarket program, which was installed several years ago. Otherwise the engine is origina.l
JA: Are you fixing your F350 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes, I'm fixing it myself. I have a lot of mechanical experience but not with these electronic things. I haven't tried anything yet. I've lived with the problem for about a year. I suspect that the problem may have started when the engine was pressure washed a year and a half ago
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: I don't think so. it had water in the fuel about a year ago, also. ( from an outdoor supply tank.) Like I said, once it's running, it runs smoothly, and has plenty of power. It seems the problem has something to do with whatever has to happen in the cranking sequence that inhibits fuel delivery, until you make a second attempt to crank the engine.