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Quick tip for starting that old diesel...
This may not be a new tip, but was to me, so I thought I would share.
If your diesel is hard to start, maybe the glow plugs are getting weak or don't work, whatever the reason. Try this, it works well for me.
Cut the fuel to the engine. Turn the engine over for a few seconds, more if its very cold, but not more than 15 seconds or so as you risk sea water entering the chamber. 3-5 seconds works for me. Stop. Open the fuel and turn over the engine, should start right up. Essentially your pre warming the chamber with friction without dumping cold fuel into the chamber.
I am actually putting less wear & tear on my starter, and using ether is not such a good idea with glow plugs.
Of course I am not saying good engine maintenance and servicing is not important, but I am sure I am not the only one who's diesel has trouble with cold starts
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Last edited by T37Chef; 07-14-2008 at 02:41 PM.