Originally Posted by riverrev
Got it ether bad. Runs beautifully once started. No missing. No glow plug light when purchased, replaced glow plug relay, now it cycles and glow plug light works. No push button.
What I'm trying to wrap my gasoline head around, If it is a glow plug issue, then why is it firing off with the injection of ether, what is providing the fire to ignite the fuel? There's no white smoke when she is spinning over, brand new batteries, fresh fuel, with sea foam additive.
Ether is very volatile. Diesel engines use compression to ignite the fuel for combustion.
Compression creates heat and your ignition source.
A glow plug is needed for initial starting to preheat the air inside of a prechamber where the atomized fuel and glow plug meet.
Adding ether to this equation can cause pre-detonation and severe engine damage when it comes into contact with a hot glow plug.
I would go through your glow plug system from batteries/cables to glow plug relay and all grounds.
Then inspect the glow plug harness and then pull each glow plug and test each one with 12v applied and watch them glow. ( using caution not to get burned.)
They should all glow evenly. If you have any doubts, replace them all.
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Last edited by OkDually; 09-11-2019 at 08:41 AM.