hey guys, i have a freind who has a 97 psd and his truck has been starting hard in the mornings, so to get it started he has been using starting fluid. i know that it is bad for diesels, but i don't know what exactly it is harming.
can anybody please tell me what this will do harmwise to the engine? thanks in advance.
I gotta ask, where did you hear starting fluid (ether) is bad for diesel engines? It's made for diesel engines.
As Scuffy pointed out when used improperly it can do damage, But I took your question as what is bad about ether being used to start a diesel engine itself right? The truthful answer is if you buy quality brands, nothing. If there was something inherently wrong with using ether then Caterpillar wouldn't be putting automatic ether injection systems in their engines built for the North American market would they?
Some will say it hurts the cylendars, how? The name brands all have additives for upper cylendar lube, besides, the injectors are spraying fuel also (unless they aren't and that's why it won't start in the first place) .
Now I've seen heads practically ripped off of blocks with the bolts stretched almost a quarter inch from ether, but it wasn't the ether's fault , it was the guy who sprayed a half a can into the intake's fault.
So, next time you see someone post on here that "ether is bad" and nothing else,(always reminds me of Mr Mackey from South Park) ask them why it's bad.
Here's the proper way to say it " ether is bad in the hands of the unschooled"
and they should read Scuffy's way, hard to hurt an engine that way.