Engine Starts with starter fluid, but won't stay running

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mcc7, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Never ever use starting fluid. I have been in business since 1985 and have never used starting fluid.


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  2. ChuckPMi

    ChuckPMi LawnSite Member
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    Explain to us how somebody who has never used starter fluid is an expert in its use. Most of the people advising against using it have never used it. I have used it many times on many engines with no problems. Modern starter fluid claims to have oil in it which could protect against the catastrophic damage predicted by those who say you shouldn't use it.
     
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Most have learned/seen the aftermath from others that HAVE used it...... I could go on but I won't.......
     
  4. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The only people that like starter fluid.....aren't experts in anything....
    Ignorance can take you a long way in this world....

    I could go on.....but I will defer to the Grand Poobah....
     
  5. ChuckPMi

    ChuckPMi LawnSite Member
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  6. ChuckPMi

    ChuckPMi LawnSite Member
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  7. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Personally....if the only way you can start an engine is to use starting fluid.....just fix the engine correctly..
    Naw....that makes too much sense....
     
  8. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Story time !!!

    Years ago a man had his diesel K5 Blazer towed into the shop, The starter was dangling by the cable underneath...... The whole nose cone was shattered to pieces and one mount bolt was broke off in the block, After drilling out the busted bolt and installing a new starter I jumped in to start it up. In the passenger floor board was three cans of either...... You guessed it, It wouldn't start.

    I called the man asking if he wanted me to check why it wouldn't start...... His reply; "shoot some either in it and it will fire right up", I got a couple guys and pushed it out my bay then told em to come get it.....

    Two more tows and three more busted bolts along with two more new starters, He finally woke up and let me install a new glow plug controller......

    I :laugh: every time I see those "Gas Monkey" guys...... EVERYTHING they try to get run'n is with either instead of finding the root of the problem and fix'n it........
     
  9. RyanA97

    RyanA97 LawnSite Member
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    I would almost bet the valves are blown and there is no compression.
     
  10. ChuckPMi

    ChuckPMi LawnSite Member
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    <<I would almost bet the valves are blown and there is no compression.>>
    How does it start and run
    if it has no valves and no compression, even with ether? I think Piston Slapper has the correct general answer and Restrorob has the specific answer for the OP's problem. After it starts running routine maintenance, as recommended by others, wouldn't hurt.
     

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