Figure 5-44.Manifold flame beater system.
Ether is a highly volatile fluid that is injected into
the intake manifold, as you crank the engine. It is found
in an aerosol or capsule type container. Since ether has a
low ignition point, the heat generated in the combustion
chamber is able to ignite it. Heat from this ignition then
ignites the diesel fuel and normal combustion takes
place. Once the diesel engine starts, no more fluid is
Cold starting aids, such as ether, should be used
only in extreme emergencies. Too much ether may
detonate in the cylinder too far before top dead center
(BDTC) on the compression stroke. This could cause
serious damage, such as broken rings, ring lands,
pistons, or even cracked cylinder heads. If you must use
ether, the engine has to be turning over before you spray
it into the intake manifold.
What cold weather starting system uses a spark
plug to ignite fuel vapors in the intakemanifold?
When should ether be used as a cold starting