Fill the fuel tank with the fuel specified under Diesel Fuel Oil Specifications.
If the unit is equipped with a fuel valve, it must be opened.
To ensure prompt starting, fill the fuel system between the pump and the fuel return manifold with fuel. If the
engine has been out of service for a considerable length of time, prime the filter between the fuel pump and the
injectors. The filter may be primed by removing the plug in the top of the filter cover and slowly filling the filter
In addition to the above, on an engine equipped with a hydrostarter, use a priming pump to make sure the fuel
lines and the injectors are full of fuel before attempting to start the engine.
The fuel system is filled with fuel before leaving the factory. If the fuel is still in the system when preparing to
start the engine, priming should be unnecessary.
Fill all grease cups and lubricate at all fittings with an all-purpose grease. Apply lubricating oil to the throttle
linkage and other moving parts and fill the hinged cap oilers with a hand oiler.
Adjust all drive belts as recommended under Lubrications and Preventive Maintenance.
Check the battery. The top should be clean and dry, the terminals tight and protected with a coat of petroleum
jelly, and the electrolyte must be at the proper level.
When necessary, check the battery with a hydrometer; the reading should be 1.265
or higher. However, hydrometer readings should always be corrected for the
temperature of the electrolyte.
Disengage the clutch, if the unit is so equipped.
Before starting the engine for the first time, perform the operations listed under Preparation For Starting Engine
Before a routine start, see Daily Operations in the Lubrication and Preventive Maintenance Chart.
If a manual or an automatic shutdown system is incorporated in the unit, the control must be set in the open
position before starting the engine.
The blower will be seriously damaged if operated with the air shutoff valve in the closed position.
Starting at air temperatures below 40 (4 ) requires the use of a cold weather starting aid.
The instructions for the use of a cold weather fluid starting aid will vary dependent on the type being used.