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Posted February 20, 2015 - 10:13 PM
I know one of the big beefs with old diesels is hard starting, and I thought I would share that if you take time to warm up your glow plugs there isn't much to worry about.
I'll try to get some pics pushing snow tomorrow.
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Posted February 20, 2015 - 10:20 PM
Had to put the booster on it for an hour.
Posted February 21, 2015 - 06:35 AM
Posted February 21, 2015 - 07:27 AM
It sounds like you have a good strong battery and charging system and that all your glow plugs are working. My jd2320 which has a Yanmar 24hp diesel has always started but sometimes it isn't too happy for the first 10 seconds or so, starting to run at 500rpms and then gradually increasing to a normal idle speed. A friend of mine has been struggling with his 30hp Kubota L series tractor. It's only about 12 years old and has a new battery but still gives him trouble. Just curious, how long do you run your glow plugs? On my JD they only run for about 3 seconds at a time, so I give it 2 cycles when it's really cold. My friends Kubota seems to have a much longer pre heat cycle although it is a larger 4 cylinder engine.
- oldedeeres said thank you
Posted February 21, 2015 - 09:45 AM
When it is this cold the minimum I run the glow plugs is a minute and 30 seconds more doesn't hurt. That seems like an eternity when your setting there holding that switch but in the end it makes a huge difference. Another things that helps a lot is one of those little battery maintainers. Battery cranks over like crazy when one of those is hooked to the battery between uses.
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Posted February 21, 2015 - 08:52 PM
If your friend is having problems only when it's cold, and the engine cranks fine, he may need new glow plugs.