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Cold-weather startup and glowplugs
I was just browsing through the Diesel supplement and noticed that it said
"Do not start the engine until the glow-plug pre-heat indicator light turns off."
I wait religiously for the light to turn off before starting since I feel that with any temp below 20F, the glow plugs provide a good bit of help to start the engine. What were to happen if I started the engine everyday before the light goes out? I assume it would be hard on the starter, but would any damage to the engine, glow plugs, etc... occur? I maintain the position that since the glow plugs are there, I might as well make use them.
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