[Vwdiesel] Ford diesel hard starting

Kevin Jack kevin.jack at primus.ca
Wed Feb 18 13:07:26 EST 2004

Ive also heard that the glow plugs can ignite the ether and blow the head
right off....

Ive never heard a good scientific explanation though....

Using ether in any engine makes me nervous...
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From: <LBaird119 at aol.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2004 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Ford diesel hard starting

> Ether should be the last resort, and can shorten engine life

I know that's the standard answer but I'm curious as to actually why. I've
read that "in the early days" it was straight ether and tended to wash the
cylinders and valve stems dry UNLESS it had top cylinder lubricant in it,
which all or nearly all starting fluid does anymore. I just don't see how
more damaging than say propane would be. If you have a CLUE of what
you're doing, you're only introducing a vapor and not flushing it with
The damage I can see is two things. Don't use it with hot glow plugs
going and don't wash the cylinders down with liquid. Beyond that it
seems a light burst to start it just isn't going to do any significant
Can anybody cite information that I'm thinking the wrong direction here? :)
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