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Old 11-21-2008, 06:29 PM   #1
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310 Isuzu Diesel Starting

The 310 has been sitting outside in 20 degree weather for a few days till I get a space for it in the barn. So far it's started fine at 35 without using the glow plugs. I do not have an engine manual. What's the procedure for starting it with the glow plugs????

I'm use to starting diesel locomotives, just put the ether to them and crank. They always start!!!!

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Old 11-21-2008, 07:18 PM   #2
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Do you have a block heater or a water heater that circulates the warm coolant? Is so, plug it in the night before. Depress the glow plug button and hold it in for thirty seconds or more and then release it and crank the engine. Should start.
I have never used either on mine.

Oh yeah. Don't goose the engine til its had time to warm up. Good way to score piston cylanders.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:26 PM   #3
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If you use the ether, don't use the glow plugs. If it won't start using only the glow plugs, spray WD40 into the air intake, cycle the glow plugs, and crank. The WD40 combusts more easily than #2 diesel fuel, but is not explosive like ether. I'll repeat the caution about not revving or loading the engine before it's warmed up, you'll probably gall the piston skirts.
BTW, I've got a 251 that won't start with ether, but I think it's got a main generator short. Cranks very slow, even with jumper cables.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:03 PM   #4
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Below 40 degrees,hold the glow plug button down for at least 30 seconds, you should not not have a fuel problem at that temp., but it is possible. Remember, you need all three batteries to fire that bad boy, especially in cold weather. She should fire at once. A little black smoke on starting and grey until it get's
heated up is normal at low temps. As stated, keep the revs below 1k.
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I have never used the glow plugs to start the engine. We do have a block heater for sub-zero temps but when I forget to plug that in the engine still will start at first crank.
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I have never used the glow plugs to start the engine. We do have a block heater for sub-zero temps but when I forget to plug that in the engine still will start at first crank.
I think it's better to use the glow plugs to heat up the injectors, first.
How do you know what # your mo/ho is? I'd be curious what #
Bess" is.
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