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Old 09-29-2007, 03:36 AM   #21
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Re: Hard time starting my 5.9 Cummins this weekend

Guys word of warning. Never use starting fluid or anything flamible to start a 5.9 Cummins EVER! These motors use a heating grid right inside the intake to preheat. This will catch the fluid on fire and usually ruins things when it explodes if you are that lucky and do not hurt or kill yourself when that whole can explodes in your hand.
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Old 09-29-2007, 10:12 AM   #22
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Re: Hard time starting my 5.9 Cummins this weekend

hummm... I've had to use starting fluid a few times in mine when I had this problem. I don't think mine has any kind of heating grid because it's never exploded in my face. Also it is a huge pain in the ass to start if it's cold out, so I doubt that any thing is being heated on my motor.
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Old 09-29-2007, 10:32 AM   #23
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Re: Hard time starting my 5.9 Cummins this weekend

You would probably have a "wait to start" or "glowplugs" light come on on the dash if you had a heater of some type. My heater is a little plug that you unscrew from the intake and shoot ether in to.
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:22 AM   #24
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Re: Hard time starting my 5.9 Cummins this weekend

Well I will admit I do not know a lot about the bus 5.9 but my ram and all the others I have worked on have this grid and a huge warning about this.
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Old 09-29-2007, 12:19 PM   #25
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yeah I got a huge roll of tint off ebay for about 60 bucks - it's 20% sometimes I wish it was a little darker but overall I'm happy with it. I should have done that before I built everything it was hard to get behind the counter top, bunks and closet - there's a few bubbles in these areas.

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Old 09-29-2007, 07:34 PM   #26
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Re: Hard time starting my 5.9 Cummins this weekend

How did the batteries turn out since we had a hard time touching bases last night? I'm hoping everything worked out since you said it started right up. Did you find a bad one or some sulfation?
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yeah I got a huge roll of tint off ebay for about 60 bucks - it's 20% sometimes I wish it was a little darker but overall I'm happy with it. I should have done that before I built everything it was hard to get behind the counter top, bunks and closet - there's a few bubbles in these areas.
I just bought my tint at Wal-Mart. It ran me about $60 for all the rolls. I did 20% as well. I took each window out and then took it apart down to individual panes of glass. It took three days but turned out fantastic!
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How did the batteries turn out since we had a hard time touching bases last night? I'm hoping everything worked out since you said it started right up. Did you find a bad one or some sulfation?
I think these batteries are toast. If I have the inverter on for more than a few min. with the engine off the engine cranks over very slow - I used to be able to run my inverter with the fridge for 10 hours with no problems restarting. They're only a year and a half old, but apparently the warranty is only good for one year free replacement - 24month pro-rated - which means I'd only get back about 25bucks of the 110 I spent on them. I think I'm going to try to find a good used 8D battery.
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Re: Hard time starting my 5.9 Cummins this weekend

I've done a bunch of research on the Cummins 5.9s and I am currently on my third one (Rams and a TC2000). The warnings that I got were that you didnt want to use any sort of starting fluid because this motor becomes dependant on it quickly. I had a 5.9 in a 91 Bluebird but it didnt have any grid heaters. It had a block heater, but not grid heaters. I change the fuel filter every other oil change.
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Re: Hard time starting my 5.9 Cummins this weekend

what tranny usually comes in a TC2000? MT643?
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