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how do cold start diesels work?

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Posted by Robert Morein on December 28, 2004, 4:29 am
I found an interesting description of how the Lister diesel raises
compression ratio for starting.

It appears that most modern small diesels work without glow plugs.

Do these diesels have adaptations for cold starting, or do they just rely on
vigorous cranking?

I sure couldn't start my VW Rabbit in the winter when the glow-plug fuse
blew :)

Posted by astraea41 on December 28, 2004, 5:11 am
Use a cold start injector

Posted by Bruce in Alaska on December 28, 2004, 7:28 pm

Most small air cooled Listers are a BITCH to start in cold weather.
Some of the OLD versions had a Primer Port where the operator could
inject WARM Fuel into the Injector Pump, and that helped considerably.
We always used a Propane Torch to heat the Air going in the Intake
Manifold, when trying to hand crank those old BEASTS.  That worked
fairly well.

Bruce in alaska
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Posted by Steve Spence on December 29, 2004, 6:32 pm
 My Detroit relies on vigorous cranking. If the battery isn't up to
snuff, it's time to get out the jumper cables.

Steve Spence
Dir., Green Trust

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