Re: Starting Diesels with no heater plugs
> Got my big (100KVA) generator yesterday which has a Ford 2704ET 6
> litre 6 cylinder turbo charged diesel engine driving it. Always said
> I'd NEVER have a Ford and now I have one!!! Seems that these engines
> are quite common in boats and Combine Harvesters <G>
> Was very surprised that it has no heater plugs (at least not that I
> can see) so starting it this morning in sub zero temeratures took a
> bit of time - especialy as the battery, though newish, was by no means
> fully charged. Huge cloud of black smoke when finally started but then
> ran like a (very noisey) dream when the excess fuel had cleared.
> Any tips for starting what is basically a lorry engine with no heater
> plugs ?
There will be some sort of cold start device on there somewhere, if it is a
Dover engine, as used in the Ford Cargo, then the cold start will on the
fuel pump, in the form of a small button coming out of the middle of the
engine stop lever on the side of the fuel pump, or it will have a
electrically operated cold start, in which case there will be a small
solenoid instead of the plunger.
In either case they are operated in the same way, make sure the stop lever
is set in the run position, set the throttle lever to max (it will probably
be held at max by the genny speed control when the engine is not running)
and operate the plunger. You should hear a clunk from inside the pump as the
fuel rail springs over to the excess fuel position. now start the engine, it
should crack up nicely no matter what the temperature. The plunger will
reset itself as soon as the engine reaches governed speed.