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Ford 2600 Diesel cold start procedure

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02-03-2006 17:16:23

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My operator's manual states to turn the key one stop to the left to operate the thermostat element in the air intake manifold. This is what I have done with other diesels that have glow plugs.

However, the key in my machine does not turn to the left. There is one stop to the right before the the guages come on and then another stop for the starter.

Does my machine not have "heat- Starter"? If it does, how can I check it to see if it is working?

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02-05-2006 17:25:47

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 Re: Ford 2600 Diesel cold start procedure in reply to WRZ, 02-03-2006 17:16:23  
Depends on the weather. If your tractor is in good shape with adequate compression, it can get below 40 before you need it. Then it's like hold for 30 sec and if she lights off after 30 sec of cranking, fine. If not, go back to thermostart for another 30 sec and on (start position) till she lights off.

Then the next time you go to start at that temp, hold in for that length of time; like 1.5 min if that was what it took. And the colder, the more it takes.

You can tell if you have thermostart by looking at the intake manifold just behind where the air inlet is; on the engine side (back side) of the manifold. It looks like a humongous spark plug screwed into the manifold and has an oil line connected to it and a wire.

The wire heats up a coil and energizes a relief valve that dribbles diesel (from the oil line ) onto a red hot coil.....making as Jerry Lee Lewis used to sing "great balls of fire".

These burning blobs of diesel enter the combustion chamber and walla, you are off and running.

Now there are tractors without it and your previous owner may have had to replace the ignition switch and may have purchased the cheaper one that doesn't have the thermostart position (as stated the spring loaded one between ON and START where the dash lights; that were on in ON, go out).


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02-05-2006 17:30:59

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 Re: Ford 2600 Diesel cold start procedure in reply to txgrn, 02-05-2006 17:25:47  
My Simms inline pump on a 3000 has no thermostart. The other tractors have distributor (CVA...I think it's CVA or something like that....been awhile since I looked it up) injector pumps and they have thermostart.
The Simms pump has a fuel enrichment function rather than thermostart that essentially floods the engine with diesel to get it going then after a few seconds it kicks out and the pump acts normal....well sorta. I like the CVA rotaries best.


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02-03-2006 18:00:41

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 Re: Ford 2600 Diesel cold start procedure in reply to WRZ, 02-03-2006 17:16:23  
Turn the key to "on" where you see the dash lights, and then turn a bit more until the lights go out, and hold it there. That is the heat-start position. Once it's warm, crank her over.


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02-05-2006 17:01:29

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 Re: Ford 2600 Diesel cold start procedure in reply to RodInNS, 02-03-2006 18:00:41  

How do you know when it is warm?

My truck has a "wait to start" light that goes out when it is warm. What does the "heat start" actually do?

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