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Posted by Ignoramus5455 on November 30, 2005, 10:00 pm

On Wed, 30 Nov 2005 16:53:06 -0500, nospam.clare.nce@sny.der.on.ca

It works on diesels designed for it, and can ruin diesels NOT designed
for it. My Onan DJE is not designed for ether start and there are
numerous warnings against using ether. It has glow plugs instead.


Posted by Don on December 1, 2005, 2:44 pm

Army diesel and mogas trucks have glowplugs and preheaters but in sub zero
weather nothing would get them started except blowing either straight into
the intake manifold while cranking the starter. Maybe they were designed for
it, I don't know.

Posted by Ignoramus607 on December 1, 2005, 2:52 pm

Well, blowing hot air into intakes is not the same as using ether. Hot
air does not explode like ether does.

I know that my Onan DJC starts at at least 0F without hot air. I do
not recall trying it at colder temps, but I suspect that I tried that
and it worked. I will try that this winter.


Posted by Don on December 2, 2005, 12:56 am

"Ignoramus607"> wrote

I made a spelling error above.
That should say '....blowing ether straight into the intake....'.
Yes, the ether would sometimes backfire out of the aircleaner.
But we would just keep cranking and blowing the ether in and they would
The ether was in large aerosol cans from the motorpool and all the drivers
had a case in the OEM box on their truck.
This was standard procedure for the 3 winters I spent in Germany.

Posted by RF Dude on December 2, 2005, 2:51 am

The old GM diesel "New Look" buses (1970's) with air starters used a
pre-plumbed ether system.  Or maybe our transit authority put this in.  The
ether supply was in a yellow cylinder idential to what you would see in a
hardware store for a hand held propane torch.  When empty, just screw on a
new bottle.

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