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Hi,
I'm having some problems that I can't seem to just identify? I've read the forum posts regarding similair issues but i'm either non the wiser or perhaps i can't accept some of the answers, any help or pointers would really be much appreciated!

I have a L200 - Single Cab 1998 2.5 TD

I have a full service history and carry out regular maintanence. (i.e oil change every 5000 miles or so)

When I bought the truck i was told that it had just had a new fuel pump fitted. This is why some of the posts have confused me?!?

The truck has a start up problem, this begun around July (this year). I decided to get some advice and as a result of this advice I changed the Glow Plugs. The problem seemed to cure but now the cold weather is setting in again it has started again.

I have decided to change the plugs yet again, but the problem has not cured this time and the starting is getting gradually worse and worse.

So much so the plume of black smoke is nearly killing my mother in her bed room!

Joking apart, this issue is has cost me over £500 so far, having new plugs and full service on top of my normal maintanence.

The symptoms are as follows:

start one - turns over - no start
start two - turns over - no start
etc, etc , etc

if frosty, then its straight to the jump leads even though new batt, starter and alternator are new!

Start six - fires and sounds like a tug boat with a big plume of black smoke.. then runs fine all day long!

from the info I have read it could be any of the following
fuel pump causing lack of compression?
pump seal?
cellanoid govner?

Any help would be much appreciated

Dave
 

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some reconditioned injection pumps have had problems with bleeding off fuel pressure when sat over night causing excessive cranking time to start.you may wish to try using the fuel filter primer before starting and "pump" the system up before trying the first crank.also check with a volt meter you are getting enough voltage to the glow plugs before cranking.if it is weak or a couple bad glow plugs try cycling the key 2 or three times until the glow plug light extinguishes before actually cranking the first time.this will ensure they are good and hot before you add the fuel mixture.good luck
 

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i have the same problem with my new l200 2007 , start very hard when it`s cold !
enyone know the problem ?
please mail me !
the mitsubishi mechanics seems do don`t know the problem
 

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try ngk glow plugs i had the same problem. i got cheap glow plugs and thay did not work .i had a talk with a mit teck guy and he said you must use ngk glow plugs and he was wright it works
 

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I have a 2002 4life and had exact same problems.
I changed the oil then changed the fuel filter.
Didn't think the glow plugs were a problem.
I ran the battery down trying to re start.
After getting a jump I went for a run and as usual no problem after the first start.

Much later the same day i decided to try it and it was right back to square one and starting third or fourth time.
I decided to let the engine run for a while to charge the battery.
This was at 8pm.
I went into the house and forgot about it till I went out at 8 in the morning to find it still running.
(I live in a fairly secluded place)
Since then it has started every time after one heat.
My battery was a good one so that was not the fault.
Three months later and still no problems.
If you do try this make sure you have plenty of fuel and the vehicle is in a safe place.
 
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