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Old 08-07-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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Proper starting procedure with DT466?

Bus cranks over great, ran great just a month or so ago, but is not starting today for some reason. What is the proper starting procedure on a warm day? Should I give it a little gas while cranking it over?
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:03 AM   #2
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Not sure, but I'm thinking of it like a fuel injected car/truck...
You won't actually be pumping any fuel, because there's no pumped up pressure behind it.
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Old 08-07-2016, 02:51 PM   #3
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does the DT466 you hasve mechanical? if so you may need to prime it up with the plunger pump on the driver side of the engine near the injection pump..

if its a DT466E it should hve a Lift pump to pump fuel out of the tank that is electric and may need to check a fuse..
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Old 08-07-2016, 02:54 PM   #4
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Kill cable not pushed in all the way?
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:55 PM   #5
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Kill cable not pushed in all the way?
Most likely the problem.
I tried to start a tractor for quite awhile yesterday, guess what the problem was!
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Old 08-07-2016, 07:32 PM   #6
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I have a DT466 E or T in my bus and have no idea what these guys are talking about.
I jump in, turn the key to on or aux.
Long alert beep, indicators appear included "WAIT"
the needles cycle and reset,
wait icon turns dark
I turn the key to start and Vroom.
In these lovely northern Minnesota winters, I give it about 15 to 20 seconds to spark the glow plugs before turning it over.
At times in very cold weather, I hit the gas and you can hear it chug harder before it fires up.
Set idle for cold start on the dash and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Normally when I do my walk around inspection.
Have a cig and shift and off like the breeze.

Hope it works out for you.
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:31 PM   #7
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Some starter fluid got it going. My first time working with diesel engine. What is a kill cable?
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Old 08-08-2016, 03:22 AM   #8
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Some starter fluid got it going. My first time working with diesel engine. What is a kill cable?
Many older mechanical diesel engines have a "kill knob" you pull out to shut down the engine. Electronic engines won't have this. Some older diesels have an electric (or air) "kill relay" that does this when you turn off the switch - yours may not, but for those who do, it will be handy to know this, and that when it fails, you can manually push back the mechanism to shut down the engine.

My bus has one of the last 9 liter IH engines (discontinued at the end of '87 due to emissions laws), and it has a kill cable.
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I have a DT466 E or T in my bus and have no idea what these guys are talking about.
I jump in, turn the key to on or aux.
Long alert beep, indicators appear included "WAIT"
the needles cycle and reset,
wait icon turns dark
I turn the key to start and Vroom.
In these lovely northern Minnesota winters, I give it about 15 to 20 seconds to spark the glow plugs before turning it over.
At times in very cold weather, I hit the gas and you can hear it chug harder before it fires up.
Set idle for cold start on the dash and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Normally when I do my walk around inspection.
Have a cig and shift and off like the breeze.

Hope it works out for you.
I do similar with my non-E. But we don't have glow plugs, FYI.
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Old 08-08-2016, 07:45 AM   #10
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I'll use PB blaster or WD40 before I'll use starting fluid.. but sounds like your fuel system lost prime and the starting fluid got it to run long enough to pump its own tank fuel up to the system and good!..

if you dont have a kill cable, you have a DT-466E (electronic controls)... they are less prone to losing prime but still can happen...

but yeah I always kick mine over then do my walk around, pop the hood and make sure stuff is spinning and not spraying...

I still havent learned the art of the tire bat yet...

gives it time to build up air pressure since my air suspension always drains my air down to 55 PSI...

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