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    Platinum Member NoTrespassing's Avatar
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    Howdy All,

    I've been away from TBN for a long time, almost 2 years I think. My SO left for greener pastures but I kept the tractor! LOL

    Anyway, my battery is in need of replacement so the other day when I went to start it I was worried about having to crank it over very long. It was about 10 F out so I decided to try something different on start up. I turned the key on till the glow plug indicator went out, then I turned it off and repeated 3 times. When I started it, the engined fired up very very quickly. Is this a bad habit to get into? I guess I will wear out the glow plugs more quickly.

    When I have a good battery in it, I sometimes pull the shutoff knob and crank the engine over a few seconds in very very cold weather before I start it. Any opinions on that?

    Glad to be back to TBN, hope everyone is doing fine here. BTW after my SO left for greener pastures, I traded up! LOL

    Kevin
    L3710 HST/LA681FEL/6ftRM/6ft Woods aerator/6ft Woods Box Scraper/roller/speader/posthole digger

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    Default Re: Very Cold Weather Starting

    Here is a recent long thread on the topic.

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/k...ml#post1290500
    Kubota B2320 DT (Gear), LA304 FEL, Woods 48" Box Blade

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    Default Re: Very Cold Weather Starting

    I had a tractor delivered recently and the dealer told me to turn the glow plugs on twice before starting.
    Kubota L5240, LA 854 FEL, L2674 SB, SBX72 BB, Anbo 6' grapple/rake

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    Default Re: Very Cold Weather Starting

    10 F is "very cold"?

    Last winter I was out plowing on days that ranged from -10 to -20 F and before starting I'd simply hold the glow for about 10 secs and the L3400 would fire right up. Not sure if it makes a difference being a "newer" tractor or not. But if you go immediately to start from glow I see no reason to hold longer than that or glow twice.
    j

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    Default Re: Very Cold Weather Starting

    Many of the older tractors required 60seconds on the glow plugs.

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    Default Re: Very Cold Weather Starting

    On my old MF 203 without glow plugs we just spray starter fluid into the intake and it starts instantly so far no ill effects

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    Default Re: Very Cold Weather Starting

    Quote Originally Posted by NoTrespassing
    Howdy All,

    BTW after my SO left for greener pastures, I traded up! LOL

    Kevin
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    Default Re: Very Cold Weather Starting

    I'd think hitting the glow plugs all that much is unnecessary. However will it hurt them, I would think probably not that much.

    Try it less and see how it goes. I know when I've not let them glow long enough on the next try the tractor has fired up with just a little extra smoke.

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    Default Re: Very Cold Weather Starting

    Quote Originally Posted by NoTrespassing
    Howdy All,

    I've been away from TBN for a long time, almost 2 years I think. My SO left for greener pastures but I kept the tractor! LOL

    Anyway, my battery is in need of replacement so the other day when I went to start it I was worried about having to crank it over very long. It was about 10 F out so I decided to try something different on start up. I turned the key on till the glow plug indicator went out, then I turned it off and repeated 3 times. When I started it, the engined fired up very very quickly. Is this a bad habit to get into? I guess I will wear out the glow plugs more quickly.

    When I have a good battery in it, I sometimes pull the shutoff knob and crank the engine over a few seconds in very very cold weather before I start it. Any opinions on that?

    Glad to be back to TBN, hope everyone is doing fine here. BTW after my SO left for greener pastures, I traded up! LOL

    Kevin
    I'd be concerned about turning it over with the fuel choked off. The diesel works as an internal lubricant.

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    Default Re: Very Cold Weather Starting

    No issue with 3x glow cycling. I do that too, works better.

    As to cranking it with the fuel off, It won't harm it, but it won't do any good either. I was wondering what your reason was for doing that? Get lube flowing? If so, it's not doing that anybetter than just firing it up.

    "Very Cold"? You are about 40 degrees to the warm side of very cold. When it hit's -30F on the thermometer - come on back and we'll talk! At +10F, you don't need to hit the glows extra times, but it won't hurt them.

    jb

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