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Old 02-18-2015, 10:37 AM
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Misswording on my part. I meant the cylinders used in a mounted system. I found these, so I guess the are still making them.

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Old 02-18-2015, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Shopmonkey View Post
Yes, ether can be bought. It's labeled "Starting Fluid", now. The old 73 and 93-series Cat diesels had glow plugs. I can't speak to the new-fangled stuff out there, but during the reign of the 06-series Cats, 855 Cummins, or the two-stroke and 60-series Detroit engines did not have glow plugs.

The 06-series Cats had an optional starting fluid injector. A commonly purchased can of starting fluid was clamped into a fixture, under the hood. If the ambient temp fell below a certain point, it would give a little squirt when the key was turned to the "on" position, just before you hit "start".
On the trucks I was around (900 KWs with 350 cummins and 3406 Bs). it was not automatic. There was a push button on the dash rigged to give a shot of ether when pushed. Made the engine knock sumpin fierce when pushed while at idle in mid summer.... don't ask...
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:19 AM
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Old 02-19-2015, 03:54 PM
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Jenn, if the glow plugs are working, you don't need ether. My old 7.3 Ford needs a new glow plug controller which caused it to roast a hundred bucks worth of glow plugs in about a week. I'm still so mad about it that I haven't replaced them yet. A small whiff of smelling salts (ether, summer air if you like) will wake it up with very little rattling. Not ideal, but it works. Just don't lean too hard on the squirt button.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by allessence View Post
YOu can use ether.. It has glow plugs right? Could you use ether in a modern diesel if you don't use the glow plugs?
Jenn you CAN use it but you shouldn't. Trucks newer than 2000 don't respond well to ether and some can have Damage caused to the fuel injectors by using starting fluid. If it's a newer truck they start really well any way if they are kept in shape.

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