Diesel engine glow plugs

Discussion in 'Help Wanted' started by thatch, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. thatch

    thatch New Member


    I have three diesel engines that are hard to start in the cold weather and do not have glow plugs installed, a Petter PH1, a Petter AC2 and a Ford 4000 tractor.
    Has anyone any experience of fitting glowplugs to an engine that did not originally have them? I'm guessing that it may just be a question of drilling and tapping the inlet manifold adjacent to the intake valve in each cylinder and wiring them via a high current relay
    If this is indeed the case which type of glowplugs would be suitable.


  2. boblester

    boblester Member

    The diesels I have seen have the glow plug in the combustion chamber, this is the only place it will aid combustion.

  3. mandarin

    mandarin New Member

    Have you though of "Thermostarts" look like drip pot oilers but have diesel in them and a heating element and are scewed into the intake manifold. Told they work very well, are used by several people I know with petrol start diesel Kelvins so they can start them without using petrol. Type thermostart in a search engine to find suppliers.
  4. petternut

    petternut Administrator

    I know nothing of the Ford but the manuals for both Petters give a lighter oil for winter running. If you have summer oil in then in the present weather you'll struggle to get enough speed for a start.
    failing that they are both normally very good starters so probably just need a top overhaul and their injectors cleaned.
    Roland Craven

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