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Old 11-01-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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Restarting a DT466 after sitting for over two years

Hello, I have a question....

My bus has a DT466 and has been sitting idle for the last two years... reason being that the last time I tried to start it the batteries were bad. I will be trying to get it restarted in the next week or so after two years of sitting. I know I will have to have two new batteries, but is there anything else that I need to do or have done to get it running again?

(By the way I used to be a member here a while back but apparently my registration got deleted or some such so I had to reregister.)
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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Restarting a any diesel ......

I have started many diesel engines that have not been started in a long time. The most important factor is to use fully charged batteries. My experiences have been to use 2 batteries and connect the batteries to my truck that is on high idle. For every minute the started is used, the starter should be rested to avoid destroying the starter. Usually 1 minute use equals 2 minute rest. After a couple tries with the starter, start fluid is used. The oil pressure is monitored while turning engine. Patience is required. Frank
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:28 PM   #3
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Re: Restarting a DT466 after sitting for over two years

Thanks for the advice Frank...

So you think the fuel, oil, etc will be ok? Like I said it's been sitting two years so I'm kinda concerned about water or mold/algae in the fuel system like I've read about on other forums, or excessive water in the oil pan, just want to make sure I won't run into other problems related to the idle time down the road somewhere. Not so concerned about the oil since it needs to have all the fluids and filters changed anyway, I've had it for 4 years and haven't been able to do that, but the school system I got it from said it had just been done shortly before they sold it.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:54 AM   #4
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Starting a diesel engine

People always are concerned about the fluids. All the fluids are in a sealed container. Nothing can affect any fluid. One time, a old GMC 6-71 engine had been not started in about 12 years. Some 4 big batteries were wired in parallel and the starting process began.
The engine was slow to turn because the cylinder bores had a bit of rust. The engine slowly began to turn faster. A battery charger was used to keep the batteries fully charged. The engine was not turned with the charger on. Gasoline on a rag was used to encourage starting. A shop cloth is drenched in gasoline and held near the air inlet on the engine. This method always works to start a diesel engine. The batteries must be fully charged and show 12.6 volts on a voltmeter. When voltage drops, the amperage rises
quickly. Patience required. Frank
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:23 AM   #5
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Re: Restarting a DT466 after sitting for over two years

Frank....but a 6-71 doesnt have glow plugs. I can see someone using the tried-true gasoline on a rag with a glow plug engine. Just a little disclaimer there for those non "old school" people.

I love the challenge of getting old engines running.
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Re: Restarting a DT466 after sitting for over two years

Remember the intake "warmers" push plunger, then hit button...BOOM now crank while still warm...
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Re: Restarting a DT466 after sitting for over two years

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Frank....but a 6-71 doesnt have glow plugs. I can see someone using the tried-true gasoline on a rag with a glow plug engine. Just a little disclaimer there for those non "old school" people.

I love the challenge of getting old engines running.
His dt most likely doesn't have glowplugs either, or a heated intake. Mine sat for over a year and started up like it had just been run the day before. Pretty anti-climatic, lol...
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I've never seen a DT with either, either....
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I don't think I have ever seen one, period
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Re: Restarting a DT466 after sitting for over two years

Thanks for the input everyone, when I get the new batteries and have a chance to get over there and try it I'll let you know what happens.
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