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Glow plug function and causes

(1993 Mitsubishi Mighty Max)
in Arvada, CO on January 23, 2011
i bought new battery and cables for my truck but still it wont start quickly, uhave to start it up thrice or even 5 times, still cranks very slowly but then it starts, the alternator is ok, the starter is ok, so im guessing its the glow plug,. am i ryt? pls do comment on this email, thanks......
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on January 24, 2011
The next thing I would look at is the amount of current the starter is drawing. If the starter is not functioning properly, the engine will turn over slowly. Also test for excessive resistance on the battery cables. Many times a loose or corroded connection can cause slow starter operation. Once you get the engine turning over normally, then focus on the other causes of the engine not being able to start.
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