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Date Posted:05/12/2005 09:43:44Copy HTML

If you are down in the dumps because your dodge is not happy at starting in the cold weather then maybe you are not starting it correctly. 

You need to first turn the engine over for a short burst, then hold the key in the ignition at the point just before the starter kicks in, the ignition lights should dim when doing this, only a little but they should, hold for 10 to 15 seconds and with your foot right down on the throttle (and the clutch too), then flick the key and turn the engine over. 

In very cold weather you might need to do this a couple of times or hold the key for longer. 

This is how you get the "thermostart" to work, this is the thing that preheats some diesel and adds it as a spray into the air inlet manifold to aid starting. 
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Re:Cold Starting Problems?

Date Posted:28/12/2005 08:02:40Copy HTML

 What a life saver.  I have just bought a 25 year old Dodge S5.6 converted to a horse box and have been struggling to start it - especially throught the cold snap we are having.  Giving up in dispair, I read the info below and 'hey presto', like magic, the good old perkins diesel kicked into life with little bother.  Many thanks.

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If you are down in the dumps because your dodge is not happy at starting in the cold weather then maybe you are not starting it correctly.You need to first turn the engine over for a short burst, then hold the key in the ignition at the point just before the starter kicks in, the ignition lights should dim when doing this, only a little but they should, hold for 10 to 15 seconds and with your foot right down on the throttle, then flick the key and turn the engine over.In very cold weather you might need to do this a couple of times or hold the key for longer.This is how you get the "thermostart" to work, this is the thing that preheats some diesel and adds it as a spray into the air inlet manifold to aid starting.
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Re:Cold Starting Problems?

Date Posted:10/02/2007 10:08:02Copy HTML

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If you are down in the dumps because your dodge is not happy at starting in the cold weather then maybe you are not starting it correctly.You need to first turn the engine over for a short burst, then hold the key in the ignition at the point just before the starter kicks in, the ignition lights should dim when doing this, only a little but they should, hold for 10 to 15 seconds and with your foot right down on the throttle, then flick the key and turn the engine over.In very cold weather you might need to do this a couple of times or hold the key for longer.This is how you get the "thermostart" to work, this is the thing that preheats some diesel and adds it as a spray into the air inlet manifold to aid starting.
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Hi Karrier

Read with interest your tips on cold starting.  Do you have any advice for starting my dodge S56.  (Horsebox) 1984.  It has a preheat button and a starter button.  Never sure how long to hold in pre-heat button and whether it actually works!  The ignition key doesnt actually turn engine.  The starter button does this.  When the ignition is first turned on there is a loud buzzer noise, is this part of the ignition start procedure?  Starting is always hit and miss!!   Any help appreciated.

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When the ignition is first turned on there is a loud buzzer noise, is this part of the ignition start procedure? Starting is always hit and miss!! Any help appreciated.Many thanks.

 

            The Buzzer is likely to be the Brake Vacuum warning.  See the Vacuum gauge next to the Speedometer. When engine starts the needle probably moves from low to high & buzzer stops.

It could be your brake vacuum   has a small leak and is replenished when engine starts.   This has been normal on my  MkII`s   .  So long as warning buzzer does`nt come on when driving.   All OK      JB

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works great!one question why the foot on the clutch as well?
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Re:Cold Starting Problems?

Date Posted:05/03/2010 12:09:02Copy HTML

 It takes the strain off the engine because if the clutch is not pushed down the gearbox inputshaft also turns, so when the pedal is pushed down it saves ya battery that little bit of extra umphh
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 ah ok thanks!
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NEVER EVER USE EASY START IT BUGGERS THE ENGINE.
DONT LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE.
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Date Posted:07/12/2010 02:58:06Copy HTML

Hello,
Have a 1992 RB44 with cold start problems.
It is fitted with a Holt  Lloyd start pilote - lever pulls out of the dash which delivers ethyl ether possibly.
1. How does this system work? Does one have to pump this dash lever and if so how many times?
2. Is it possible to 'refill' with ether?
Any assistance would be appreciated.
Thanks.

 

 

 

 

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Date Posted:07/12/2010 05:56:46Copy HTML

Firstly I never have any probs with cold start , Been using an RB for 7 years.  The Ether pump is more likely for use in true  arctic conditions. Under the bonnet on the left should be the reservoir at other end of the tube to the inside pump . the pull up flap allows you to refill from a canister of the pressurised stuff. Presuming you know where to get some ? 
I`ve never needed any but most MOD trucks appear to have this system.
Theres no glow plug on the RB like there is on the 50 Series.
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Date Posted:07/12/2010 11:22:45Copy HTML

try heating the fuel filter boilng water or heat gun
better than easy start it fucks the engine.
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Date Posted:08/12/2010 01:45:08Copy HTML

 Has the air intake where the thermostart goes got a blanking plate John or is it a different air intake then a standard 110 phaser?
If it has a blanking plate then I guess a thermostart could be fitted but would need the wiring (pretty simple to add via a hold down switch, my motorhome is like that) and a fuel supply.
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Re:Cold Starting Problems?

Date Posted:16/12/2010 01:31:40Copy HTML

Sorry Greg  for late return ,no, on the intake/thermostart location ,   Where the single glowplug fits in the rear of the inlet manifold on a 50 series  I think there is only the injector from the Cold Start Plunger as described above  on the MOD   RB44.     Cheers  . It starts well on its own with no assistance.
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i have just replaced my starter battery with a 200 amp battery and it now just starts for fun
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