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Re: Rebuilt Cat 3204 motor will not start on own power.

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Being that you have glow plugs it is the early version of the 3204. I have had several of these. I am thoroughly embarrassed on behalf of Caterpillar for designing only one compression ring (plus one double ridge oil ring) to go each piston. I hope the rebuild shop used the upgraded piston design with more compression rings. When I overhauled one of these I had a terrible time getting it started (stayed with original pistons). It would have never started the first time without ether. I would highly recommend buying new glow plugs because it really seems to help. Even if they get hot when testing they may not be as hot as new ones. Does the starter turn over fast? If not you have to address that. After one good day's work it should start OK with new glow plugs. Your challenge does not at all surprise me if the engine isn't broken in yet. I've had four machines with the exact same 3204.

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