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International 444 Glow plugs

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02-06-2005 09:07:38

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I have a International 444 Diesel engine and its hard to start when it get cold weather. I put a block warmer on it and let it warm up for three hours and it starts right up. When I use the glow plugs and hold it down for 30 seconds it will not start it blow smoke out of the muffler. I was thinking how do you know if the glow plug are working they are the same ones that came with the tractor.

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02-07-2005 05:20:53

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 Re: International 444 Glow plugs in reply to Jimmyk, 02-06-2005 09:07:38  
Should bench test at approx 1.5 ohms. Craig

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02-06-2005 11:31:18

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 Re: International 444 Glow plugs in reply to Jimmyk, 02-06-2005 09:07:38  
I don't remember exactly how a 444 is set up, but it is a British tractor, so it's probably similar to my B-275 and B-414. If so, there is a sort of fifth glowplug in the dashboard. It is hooked in series with all the rest of the glow plugs. If any plug is bad, none of them will work. When all is working, the "glow-plug" in the dashboard will glow red at the same time the glow-plugs in the engine are hot. My IH BD144 engine takes Champion #155 glow plugs. I bought them from NAPA.

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02-07-2005 16:54:02

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 Re: International 444 Glow plugs in reply to jdemaris, 02-06-2005 11:31:18  
My 444 has a glow plug gauge when you hold down the button the gauge will go to the positive, how long should you hold the button down for? Another person said the glow plugs should bench test at 1.5 ohms I will see if I can get them tested.



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02-07-2005 19:19:22

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 Re: International 444 Glow plugs in reply to Jimmyk, 02-07-2005 16:54:02  
I looked at my 444 book and I see the indicator you mention. Seems your tractor uses the glow plug indicator gauge instead of the "fifth" glow plug/indicator in the dash. In my tractor, the glow/indicator in the dash also acts as a resistor. On your 444, I think there is separate resistor (that does not glow). As far as the glow plugs themselves, they're easy to check. You can do it with a amp meter. When testing them, though, don't put full battery voltage to them. They will probably burn out in a second or so. You should take a voltage reading at the plugs and see if there is any at all. If not, trace the main lead back to look for a resistor. If you find it, check it for continuity.

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02-08-2005 16:11:58

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 Re: International 444 Glow plugs in reply to jdemaris, 02-07-2005 19:19:22  
how long do you hold down the glow plug button?


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02-08-2005 18:38:28

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 Re: International 444 Glow plugs in reply to jimmmyk, 02-08-2005 16:11:58  
My B-275 takes about 20-30 seconds to get the glow plugs hot enough to start. But . . . it has the glow-indicator so I know when the plugs are ready. I have no idea how to tell on your 444 without the indicator.

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