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Old 11-15-2009
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I am having trouble starting my 1982 Wanderlodge. It seems I'm not getting any fuel in the system.

I have tried bleeding, checked the air filter, the fuel filters & water seperator are new.

The accelerator is hooked to a chain that looks like a lamp pull chain & then to a small cable into a solenoid/diaphram mechanism on the left rear top side of the engine. When I press the accelerator the cable goes slack - no tension on it at all
There are some wires going into it & I don't see any voltage across the wires at all

What is this mechanism? I don't smell an diesel fuel at the exhaust pipe & it will fire if I use some starting fluid

HELP I am at my wits end. it has to be something simple I am overlooking

Andy
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I am having trouble starting my 1982 Wanderlodge. It seems I'm not getting any fuel in the system.

"The accelerator is hooked to a chain that looks like a lamp pull chain & then to a small cable into a solenoid/diaphragm mechanism on the left rear top side of the engine. When I press the accelerator the cable goes slack - no tension on it at all..."

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Andy, the I think the mechanism you are describing is part of the cruise control.

The accelerator mechanism is below that. Its a flat carriage that slides fore and aft. If you depress the accelerator pedal, that carriage should slide if it does not, you may have a broken cable. If that is the case, take a look at this thread

http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ead.php?t=4577

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Have you checked the fuel solenoid to make sure it is opening to let fuel in when you turn on the key?
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Talking Thanks for the quick response

The cable works fine

I also know the fuel solenoid is working- I hear it click on & off

Could the valve it controls be sticking?

I haven't started the Bluebird since April but I have never had a problem starting it before - it always started on the first crank, even after the winter

Thanks for your help
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Thanks for the quick reply

Yes, I forgot to mention I checked that also

Could the valve that the solenoid controls be sticking?

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Andy
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Andy,
The one time I have had a problem like this I had to loosen a couple injector lines and use the hand pump to prime it. Once I had fuel coming out two or three injector lines then it fired right up.
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I have heard that starting fluid is a big no-no for diesels as it is so flammable it causes early detonation and can hole a piston.

I know the can says it's OK, but I have always been very hesitant to use it. Has anyone else heard this?
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A diesel needs three things to run, air, fuel, and compression. It is unlikley you have lost compression in all of the cynders, and unless there is a giant mud-daubers nest blocking the intake, you probably have air. So there is a 99% chance you are not getting fuel. Blead right up to the injectors as previously suggested using the hand pump. Leave a couple of the injector lines loose when you crank the engine and see if fuel squirts out. If not the solenoid may not be opening, or there is another problem in the fuel supply system.
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Do you think your facet pump has quit?
If it ran when you parked it I sure would not be using Starting Fluid to try and make it run now.
Find your fuel problem.
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Gardner, Can't you remove the Shut off solenoid and turn the fuel on by moving the piston by hand?
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