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kdmcon

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I am having trouble getting my 463 started the weather has been extremely cold around -42C, anyway the machine's block heater is plugged in and the battery is hooked up to a trickle charger. I can get the machine to turn over a little but once started it slowly stalls out. Could the fuel lines be frozen. I just don't want to break out the ether unless i really need to. i just want to get the machine in the garage to prep it for spring. Thanks DJ
 

OldMachinist

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More than likely the diesel fuel has gelled. The block heater warms the fuel near the engine a little but when that is used up it can't suck the gelled stuff. You'll need to warm the fuel in the tank somehow or hook up a temporary fresh supply to get it inside. In the future for cold weather you should use an additive to help prevent gelling.
 

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I bought some heater magnets last fall and they seem to work pretty good the one time I had to use them on one of my trucks. I had one on the oil pan and the other on the radiator. I got these from Northern Tool and I would imagine they would work on the fuel tank. Steve
 

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I bought some heater magnets last fall and they seem to work pretty good the one time I had to use them on one of my trucks. I had one on the oil pan and the other on the radiator. I got these from Northern Tool and I would imagine they would work on the fuel tank. Steve
look for an anti jel additive to add to the tank....NAPA sells one called 911 I have also seen one called heet the heet one works fast....you could call a local oil distributor they usually have some to add to heating oil stored outside or make a tent over it and blow heat under the tent.....gotta love the cold......Jeff
 

Bandit1047

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look for an anti jel additive to add to the tank....NAPA sells one called 911 I have also seen one called heet the heet one works fast....you could call a local oil distributor they usually have some to add to heating oil stored outside or make a tent over it and blow heat under the tent.....gotta love the cold......Jeff
There are several things that I do to equipment that I will need to start in cold weather. The first is to use a diesel formulated Sythetic oil,(also a must for a turbo aspirated engine). Second, install an oil pan heater and have a heater that will fit around or near the fuel filter (I once used a couple of these hand warmer packets that you crack open and cause a chemical reaction to heat up) and taped them to the fuel filter. After that I started using an anti-jell addative. All these things and a block heater have not failed me. I am also considering using "super-Lube" (With Teflon,) (www.super-lube.com) in the chain case of my Mustang. It is a 100 % synthetic oil with the viscosaty of a 40 weight oil and the wear protection of 80 weight oil. It stays viscus to about 30 below F. We used it in industrial applications with outstanding results. If you can wait till the weather warms up a bit, it will be better for your equipment. Just my .02. Joe
 
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kdmcon

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There are several things that I do to equipment that I will need to start in cold weather. The first is to use a diesel formulated Sythetic oil,(also a must for a turbo aspirated engine). Second, install an oil pan heater and have a heater that will fit around or near the fuel filter (I once used a couple of these hand warmer packets that you crack open and cause a chemical reaction to heat up) and taped them to the fuel filter. After that I started using an anti-jell addative. All these things and a block heater have not failed me. I am also considering using "super-Lube" (With Teflon,) (www.super-lube.com) in the chain case of my Mustang. It is a 100 % synthetic oil with the viscosaty of a 40 weight oil and the wear protection of 80 weight oil. It stays viscus to about 30 below F. We used it in industrial applications with outstanding results. If you can wait till the weather warms up a bit, it will be better for your equipment. Just my .02. Joe
Thanks, i added a fuel additive and i have also teneteed the machine with a heater insie and i also put a small heat trace cable aroum the fuel filter. so hopefully all of these will get it started so i can put in the shop. Thanks for all the help.
 

BobCat

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Thanks, i added a fuel additive and i have also teneteed the machine with a heater insie and i also put a small heat trace cable aroum the fuel filter. so hopefully all of these will get it started so i can put in the shop. Thanks for all the help.
I bought a small 45,000BTU space heater that I use to warm the engine compartment up on real cold days. It works great, just don't get it too close. Later BobCat.
 
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