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Cranking Time?

I have driven a few diesel, and they usually crank for 1-3 seconds before firing, and for some reason my parents think that is an outrageous time to crank. And they keep cranking for like .1 seconds and ask me why it won't start.

I assume the 1-3 second cranking is normal since there is no spark plugs (which they also don't understand). I dosn't matter if she is warm or freezing, always cranks for a second or two.

SO I just wanted to prove my parents wrong. Since they drive their insta-start gassers.
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it depends. Some days its like a second or two and then she fires. Mostly though, mine barely gets through a revolution and she's purring. I know for the most part, diesels do crank longer than gassers.

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yeah mine is the same way. takes a second or two. i replaced my batteries and it seems to start up quicker too.

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ya, same here.

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yeah mine is the same way. takes a second or two. i replaced my batteries and it seems to start up quicker too.
My batteries look fairly new, although the battery connections look pretty bad *goes to grab the baking soda*

They always ask me like, OMG is it suppose to make that sound?

It is funny how many times my parents forget to let the glow plugs to warm up, I don't care so much when she is warm but w/e. Can't do any harm I suppose?

Not to mention how many times my mom almost puts it in the ditch because she cuts corners so much..

Totally offtopic but,

Funny what happens when you decide to park your truck in a different spot. You see everything that has been dripping.

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So in the attached pic, my mom drives blue, I take the red route. She sees no problem with getting half my tire into the ditch (blue). Yet she holds on for dear life and screams because she thinks I am going to go into ditch (red), even though I am no where close to going that direction...
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See there, that was your first mistake letting her drive your truck.

I have to agree with the others though, 1-2 seconds before she starts up.

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Your parents aren't very bright are they. Even gassers take a few revolutions to get fire. Diesels will usually take a bit longer because cylinder temps must be high enough to get the fuel to ignite. Mine usually about 1-3 seconds, depending on ambient temps and engine temps.

Sounds like your mom should not be driving a truck. One of these times shes gonna cut a corner and rip the bedside open on something.

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usually when starting, all 8 cylinders will go through a compression stroke once before the motor will start,

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Your parents aren't very bright are they. Even gassers take a few revolutions to get fire. Diesels will usually take a bit longer because cylinder temps must be high enough to get the fuel to ignite. Mine usually about 1-3 seconds, depending on ambient temps and engine temps.

Sounds like your mom should not be driving a truck. One of these times shes gonna cut a corner and rip the bedside open on something.
I agree, but until I can legally drive... Worst part, is that she complains about acceleration... I told her, it will go if you take it to the floor.

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usually when starting, all 8 cylinders will go through a compression stroke once before the motor will start,
ya if you count. it typically will take around 5-8 crank cycles. unless its a well worn in motor. my dads 95 cranks like 3-4 times and fires. lol.

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