"True diesel"

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Posted by SD70Dude on Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:54 PM

Try using starting fluid on a diesel with a intake heater and see what happens........

Large locomotive engines don't have grid heaters or glow plugs but most new units do have pre-lube pumps.  Turbo EMDs in particular tend to have them wired directly to the battery, and we're supposed to leave the turbo lube breaker turned on even after manually shutting down a unit and opening the main battery switch.  

CAT engines in heavy equipment like tractors and bulldozers used to have both glow plugs and a small gasoline 'pony engine' instead of an electric starter motor, along with a decompression handle.

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