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Re: Water in Cylinders
This problem often happens when you have to do excessive cranking to get the motor to start. If you suspect a reluctance to start you should ALWAYS leave the cooling water valve closed until the engine starts up.
How do you get the water out?
Hopefully gravity will help you here. Check your engine oil; it should have water in it, under the oil. A few rapid oil changes with a cheap oil should get most of the water out. Make your last oil change with a good diesel or "C" (compression) rated oil (Rotella T is one).
As for water in the cylinders: cranking engine with decompression levers open may help move any water in the cylinders. With my Atomic 4 gas engine I would pour some Marvel Mystery oil into the cylinder chambers via the spark plug holes - not sure if this is feasible with diesel injectors.
As already mentioned you should try to get the engine running ASAP and up to full temperature. I'd do 2 oil changes with a crappy oil before doing anything, then try to get it running. If you get it running then do the last oil change before the oil gets really hot.
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