[Vwdiesel] Trying to get the old diesel to start

Rudy petersenrudy at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 18 20:05:07 PDT 2009

I fill the Pumps and Filters with ATF, burns good and gives it a good
cleaning.  Seems to start easier with it also.

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From: vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com [mailto:vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com] On
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Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 4:07 PM
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Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Trying to get the old diesel to start

  I pulled the stop solenoid out of the pickup the other week and there was
no attachment.  It works fine and has for years.  I had to pick the plunger
out of the hole even.  
  Part of the problem is you filled the pump with fuel additive rather than
fuel.  The car's not supposed to run on straight additive so it's unlikley
it'll start and run well until you get that stuff run through especially if
you filled the filter with it as well. 
  Your lift pump probably isn't pumping.  Vanes are likely gummed if the
pump's been sitting very long.  You very well may be able to fill the pump
with FUEL and with some cranking get it fired up and running.  Aim for half
throttle and keep cranking the starter a little longer when it does start
firing.  Often an extra couple seconds of starter power will get you over
the hump of almost starting, to starting.  :-)
  Hopefully once you get some speed into things, the vanes will start
pumping fuel and it'll all self prime and be happy.  If it starts dying,
shut if off, refill the pump and go again before you empty things out and
have to crank a prime back into things.  You could also do the hose in a can
above the pump trick to get a gravity feed going.  Put the return line into
the can as well and it won't go empty so fast.

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