Originally Posted by SimonV
Wow 65 posts on how to start a diesel and lots so different.
It does seem a bit excessive but ...
I read the user manual for the 4-108M and was amazed to see the instruction about starting on WOT. Never mind throttling back down right after ignition, I couldn't bring myself to start the engine at full screaming speed even if I were able to yank the throttle back right away, so I've been starting at just over idle, adjusting the RPMs to get just over shaking speed until warmed up. But I kept wondering if I was doing damage by not following the manual.
I also used to use the cold start pre-heat as if it were a choke; turn it on whenever starting cold. Then someone pointed out that it probably wasn't needed so I tried without and found out they were right. I had no idea that using the cold start assist meant not just heating
the air intake but also dripping fuel onto (?) a heated plug
with no flame arrester.
I'm glad the topic came up and got the
treatment, I sure learned a little but important stuff.