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Re: Diesel Starting - Glow Plugs

Recently I went to start my 3 cyl diesel. It had been about two weeks since last started and I was concerned that I might not have enough juice to turn her over. I always have a hard time starting my diesel when it's on the cool side. Sooooo I just rolled the engine over a time or two and determined I had plenty of electricity in the batteries. Then I held the glow plug button in for my normal time then the starter. It started up faster than ever. Normally I hold the glow plug button in for 20 - 30 seconds then the starter and it grinds and grinds usually starting. I believe that in the past I have been heating an empty cylinder. By cranking it first it allowed fuel to enter the cylinders to be heated.
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Re: Diesel Starting - Glow Plugs

I have an older (1988) Universal that starts well in the summer with about 5 to 10 seconds of glow plug. I run the electric fuel pump first for a few seconds then the glow plug then the starter and she fires right off. I only use the glow plugs first time for the day after that it starts quickly without them. In winter with air temp in the 50's I run the glow plugs a little longer. Haven't sailed in colder weather yet.

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Re: Diesel Starting - Glow Plugs

[QUOTE=MarkSF;850217]Both direct and indirect-injection engines have glow-plugs. Whether we like them is beside the point, the engine won't start (or is very hard to start) cold without them.




My direct injection Volvo Penta 2002 does not have glow plugs. Takes a little extra cranking in the cold but otherwise starts right up.
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Re: Diesel Starting - Glow Plugs

I have a 3ym20 and there is nothing in the manual about glow plugs, I was also told they did not use them. I did read in the manual to put the throttle full on to start and cut back as the engine revs. Makes a big difference in starting.
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Re: Diesel Starting - Glow Plugs

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Which engine do you have - I went to Volvo Penta's page and chose 2 marine engines at random and both have glow plugs.
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Re: Diesel Starting - Glow Plugs

Hi Zanshin,

2002 is the model number. 2 cylinder
2003 is the 3 cylinder
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Which engine do you have - I went to Volvo Penta's page and chose 2 marine engines at random and both have glow plugs.
Hi Zanshin,
i found the document, link below

http://www.bottrell.ca/images/Volvo2...hureA41987.pdf
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Re: Diesel Starting - Glow Plugs

Oaksail - I looked at the shop manual for the D1-20 engine (the 2002 2-Cyl 18HP one that I think you have) and it shows me where the 2 glow plugs are installed on page 46.

Manual : http://www.maritimsd.no/Customers/ms...20Volvo/D1.pdf
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Re: Diesel Starting - Glow Plugs

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Oaksail - I looked at the shop manual for the D1-20 engine (the 2002 2-Cyl 18HP one that I think you have) and it shows me where the 2 glow plugs are installed on page 46.

Manual : http://www.maritimsd.no/Customers/ms...20Volvo/D1.pdf
D1-20 is different from the 2002. The Model 2002 does not have glow plugs..
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D1-20 is different from the 2002. The Model 2002 does not have glow plugs..
Thanks Maine Sail,

I just discovered too during an injector cleaning that this Volvo model with copper injector sleeves does not use copper washers to seal the gap between the injector and cylinder head.
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