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    POWERSTROKE glow relays... what are you using? I've replaced mine 3 times now in 9 years @ $60.00 a crack. I know folks who went after market, with Napa relay, and got less than a year out of them. My glow relay started acting up again last week, and induction heater realy totaly shit the bag. did some research on the diesel forums, and found people using the Western plow relays, with some great sucess. I now a few that put the STANCOR relays in, but they too are $50.00.... I bought and installed the $10.00 Western relays today, first start of the day went well, minimal smoke @ 27 degrees. Hope these last a while, I don't mind spending money of stuff, but I expect it to last.
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    what powerstroke do you have the 6.0 or the 7.3 just curious I have a 2000 7.3. I haven't had any trouble with mine yet but the temps usually don't get below 30 hear to often

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    Just curious again....What on the relay is failing? the contacts or the coil?

    If the contacts are what are failing, maybe add a capacitor across the output to ground (like a condenser from a points ignition deal)...

    The contacts only arc when they are disconnected, so if there was something to absorb the remaining energy from the glows upon contact opening, they will not arc (well, maybe as much)...

    If the coil is what is taking a poo, then IDK what can help you...

    Pictures of the old relay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowgear351 View Post
    what powerstroke do you have the 6.0 or the 7.3 just curious I have a 2000 7.3. I haven't had any trouble with mine yet but the temps usually don't get below 30 hear to often
    2001 7.3L It's near or below 30 here about 4-5 month out of the year. It starts with out much fuss till about 45 degrees, below that is snort kick and bucks if it is not glowed prior to start.

    GT it's been the contacts each time, coils have not failed. I took one apart years ago, contacts were burn to nothing. I believe the contact capactiy is nearly maxed for the circuit.
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    I think installing a capacitor will correct this issue...It needs to be on the output of the relay, it will keep the contacts from arcing so much and destroying themselves...

    I will get you a value of the capacitor required to do it right....
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    How long does it normally take for the glow plug light to go out? My 02 never had that problem and when I traded it in last year it still had the original glow plugs in it. I've heard that if the light is cycling off too soon the compression hammers the glow plugs as they are still heating when the motor is running. Mine fired right up down to about 10deg unplugged and it started to -14 when plugged in to keep the block warm. I usually allowed an extra couple seconds after the light went out before I twisted the key.

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    Glow time was always normal, light always on for correct amount of time, but the voltage drop across the relay was bad. I have all the original glow plugs, they all check good, new relay fixes the problem. I can tell when they are about to go now I'll see how the Western contactors hold up, can't be any worse than the oem, and for $10.00 I'm willing to try them. A guy at work put the $60.00 Stancor relays in, so we'll see who's last longer, we put the same milage on a year, and the same commute distance daily.
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