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Old 01-27-2019
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Default Newbie cold starting questions

I have a 1993 WB40 and have some questions about assisting the starting of the engine in the cold.


1. On the right side panel is a switch "Cold Start". My manual says it's an ether spray but doesn't say where the ether system is. Where is the tank or canister for the ether so I can fill it? I've had experience with the 92 Series Detroit and know they often need ether to start in cold weather.



2. I see a breaker for a block heater in the 120v box. Where is the heater? Is there a cord or plug somewhere to connect the block heater to an outside power source so I power it from my home? I can't find one.


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Dean,
As far as I know you need to be connected to shore power or running the generator for the block heater to function. There should be a switch beneath the kitchen sink to turn it on. I also have the cold start system but haven't done any investigation on it.
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The block heater in my older 6v is located on the bottom rear of the engine, passenger side. I replaced my original non functional one with the kind you can plug in instead of being hardwired. The switch to turn mine on is in one of the rear bedroom closets but yours could be somewhere else. Since mine is the plug in kind I can plug it in separately to any 110 source, a few hours of that and the engine starts right up when it's cold out.
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Your Either Start can should be in the curb side rear bay. Mine have always been orange in color but could be a different color. Check there. Block heater will be hard wired in the engine cooling system unless changed by a Previous Owner.
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Your Either Start can should be in the curb side rear bay. Mine have always been orange in color but could be a different color. Check there. Block heater will be hard wired in the engine cooling system unless changed by a Previous Owner.
Sorry Rick the ether can on the '93 is in the engine bay street side just below the hydraulic fluid canister. If it is like mine it started out orange but is more rust now You block heater is hard wired and the on off switch is located under the flip down door under the kitchen sink, along with the water heater, Instant Hot, garbage disposal switches. And yes you need to be plugged or on gen power. Call me if you have any questions.
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I'm in a 94' WLWB so some things might be different.
The ether is just behind the bumper on the drivers side of the engine bay. But, from what I've heard using ether in a 92 series isn't a great idea. Operation instructions are in the Owner's Manual section 6-9. If you do want to use it and need a new tank or parts you can find them on Amazon - The whole unit looks like this:


A better idea is to use the engine heater if you are plugged in. The switch is behind the false panel in front of the kitchen sink. Also if you have Primus boilers you can use those for engine heat too, instructions in section 6-15 and 13-5,6 of the Owner's Manual.

Best to check the 93 Owners Manual
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Thanks everyone for the valuable information. I'll check it out.
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Block heater = good idea
Ether = not so good
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That's exactly what I heard.
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Plug it in, it will start just fine. There's nothing wrong with using ether if you have to in a pinch, it's not going to hurt anything.
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