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Posted by Newby on November 29, 2005, 9:00 pm

Please enlighten us (me) why ether is a bad idea.


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Posted by Steve Spence on December 1, 2005, 3:49 pm

Newby wrote:

If you have glow plugs, ether can ignite when you don't want it to. On a
non heated diesel, ether is a common engine starter. Many folks who have
never had to start a diesel at -40 will tell you ether is bad .....

Steve Spence
Dir., Green Trust, http://www.green-trust.org
Contributing Editor, http://www.off-grid.net

Posted by Don on November 30, 2005, 3:09 am

Ether was the prescribed method for starting Army 5 and 10 ton trucks in the
dead of sub zero winter in Germany back in the 70's.
I did it to my truck for 3 years and never had a problem, as long as you
consider blowing my asst. drivers eyebrows off a problem.  ;-)

Posted by n877 on November 30, 2005, 4:38 am

Ether can cause uncontrolled cumbustion and also shortens the life of
the engine. It causes cracks in the pistons. If you have used ether you
probably experienced a lock-up where the engine will no longer turn
over until the ether disipates. This is not good. Slow cranking speed
is a major cause of a no start. The piston do not have enough speed to
generate enough heat to cause combustion. Sometimes ice will form on
the nozzle tips. I would use 15w-40 synthetic oil. Keep the batterys
warm. The Benz-o matic is a great idea, it adds heat to the combustion
chamber. Make sure you have enough additive in the fuel to prevent
gelling. Power service is an excellent product you can get at Wal Mart.
If you do this it is a guarantee the engine wiil fire up.


Posted by nospam.clare.nce on November 30, 2005, 9:53 pm

Then explain to me why MANY deisel engines came from the factory with
ether start???
Works good on a deisel if done right - but it IS murder on spark
ignition gasoline engines.

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