Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Silverton, OR
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If you use ether, dont use the glow plugs. As mentioned, the glow from the plugs can cause the ether to preignite, and do some serious damage.
If you HAVE to use ether, make sure the glow plugs dont come on, and be smart about it. Ie.., dont use that much, just a wiff. Should take right off. Only circumstances that you should use ether is you need to use the truck, and its either too cold to start with glow plugs (lets say anything below -15*F a fuitile effort, but with a good IDI it can do it without being plugged in), then I would rather use ether than burn out the glow plugs and starter, or if the glow plugs dont work and you need to use the truck.
1985 Ford F-250 with a 6.9 IDI/T-19 4speed 4x4
Paint, Eagle Alloys, Kelly Safari TSR's, ATS turbo, gauges
2004 Jetta TDI 5 speed
2004 2wd Excursion Limited 6.0. Testing how loyal I am to Ford
1997 Passat B4V TDI. 1 of 80 imported in 97. 50 MPG and a factory 25 gallon fuel tank!