Mine has no Glow Plugs. Without the compression release, it takes over 1000 amp of battery to spin engine fast enough to start w/o starting fluid. Engine turns over slow with 750amp battery. Originally, tractor had 2 - 6 volt batteries in series to give amperage.
Yes, lever from operator seat works fine. I use to stick my hand at back off engine and pull linkage while using a screwdriver to jump solonoid before I fixed starting circuit. I am in no hurry and will get to it in a month or so after I get some more chores done. Sure would like to move to the islands Rich. Is it paradise there?
Well, I've never needed starting fluid. (grin) Of course, I wouldn't use that stuff in a diesel no matter what. Way to easy to trash an engine that way.
DO NOT use ether if you have glow plugs.
DON'T use gasoline fumes either.
Ok, for those of you who don't remember me, here is the start.
If I do not use starting fluid, I need my car battery connected to tractor with car engine running to crank this thing off. Really need to spin up starter. And at that, it takes 6-8 seconds of constant cranking to fire it off. It seems like when I pull the fuel shut down lever, it removes all the fuel from pump and system and it takes 6 seconds of cranking for it to build back up before it will even attempt to try to run.
How long should it take to crank one of these?
Curious if you are getting white or black smoke whisps from the exhaust during startup (sans starting fluid)?
Your injector timing could be a little retarded. Engine could also be low on compression.
Mine has both Compression Release and Glow Plugs. It cranks right over after 20 seconds of glow plugs when its below 40. Above that I use nothing, just start it as if it were my car, truck, boat, ect.