Originally Posted by CarelessNavigator
It is not an urban legend. Ether ignites easily burns rapidly and produces high cylinder pressures. Ether can also pre ignite in the cylinder causing all kinds of damage to pistons, rings, connecting rods, etc. If used in large amounts it will also dry the cylinder walls causing premature wear. Starting fluid can be used but for those reasons it should be used in small amounts and only while cranking the engine.
Careless...What I meant is this Legend has become so prevalent as to it becoming the "Gospel of Diesel lore"...It is simply untrue.
I can probably find and post 100,000 cases of successful diesel ether starts to your one damaged engine one..I have realistically preformed 10,000 myself over the past 35 years with not one instance of damage.
I have kept diesels running on straight ether shot into the intake until it finds its own stride on Diesel fuel many, many times.
Its like I said the improper use of anything that causes the damage..Over speed your diesel and you will see engine damage as well.
Modern Diesel ether's do have a upper cylinder lube in them already.
I have two machines that I start daily on the job with ether for years...They run like a tops...Should I crank on a 600.00 starter for 60 seconds every morning when a shot of ether makes it 2?..Or should I tear down a perfectly running dependable money making machine off line just because its low on compression and just needs a little helping hand every morning?
Real world is where its at for me..Not theory and heard it happened somewhere. once
Your opinion is what it is and it is shared by many others..I respect that but my experience and those of many others has proven this a false phobia...
But back it up with a video showing one blowing up and I will show you improper use of ether in that video as well...
I have a .50 caliber black power rifle...It is my choice as to the amount of powder I load into it...I can under load it to the point of the ball failing to exit the barrel...I can over load it to the point of breach failure and risk bodily harm.
I will never win this argument with the mass over this issue and that is fine...I just put my money where my mouth is and owing 1/2 a mill. worth of heavy equipment with a replacment cost today of over 2 mill. that Id rather not destroy, would seem to me to pull a little more weight on this matter then most...
Take it for what it is worth to you...Its given freely