DETROIT DIESEL 53
13.1 Operating Instructions
Where applicable, fill the generator end bearing
Fill the fuel tank with the fuel specified under Diesel
housing with the same lubricating oil as used in the
Fuel Oil Specifications in Section 13.3.
If the unit is equipped with a fuel valve, it must be
A generator set should be connected and grounded in
accordance with the applicable local electrical codes.
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 with fuel.
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 First Time.
Before a routine start, see Daily Operations in the
Lubrication and Preventive Maintenance Chart,
shut-down system is
incorporated in the unit, the control must be set in the
Fill all grease cups and lubricate at all fittings with an
open position before starting the engine. The blower
all purpose grease. Apply lubricating oil to the throttle
will be seriously damaged if operated with the air
linkage and other moving parts and fill the hinged cap
shut-off valve in the closed position.
oilers with a hand oiler.
Starting at air temperatures below 40°F. requires the
Starting, Section 12.6.
The instructions for the use of a cold weather fluid
Adjust all drive belts as recommended under
starting aid will vary dependent on the type being
used. Reference should be made to these instructions
before attempting a cold weather start.
CAUTION: Starting fluid used in capsules is
highly inflammable, toxic and possesses anes-
Check the battery. The top should be clean and dry,
the terminals tight and protected with a coat of
Initial Engine Start (Electric)
petroleum jelly and the electrolyte must be at the
Start an engine equipped with an electric starting
motor as follows: Set the speed control lever at part
throttle, then bring it back to the desired no-load
NOTE: When necessary, check the battery with
speed. In addition, on mechanical governors, make
a hydrometer: the reading should be 1.265 or
sure the stop lever on the governor cover is in the run
higher. However. hydrometer readings should
always be corrected for the temperature of the
Then press the starting