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Old 11-10-2000, 06:09 AM
Douglas Broome Douglas Broome is offline
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If the valves are properly adjuted (the book says 10mm intake and 30mm exhaust; I set 15 and 35, repectively) is ok and the compression checks out, then be sure your chain is not too badly stretched. Aside from other dangers, a too-stretched timing chain can make starting difficult. Is your timing chain tensioner good? Finally, have you reamed out the glow plug holes when you installed the new glow plugs? Too much carbon there could also cause the problem you describe. How potent is your battery? There is not much margin on these diesels, so an aging battery can cause problems starting. How about timing of delivery of fuel (dreaded drip tube)? The book says one second/drop, but in fact between 10-19 seconds per fuel drop is optimum.
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