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        05-07-2014, 12:31 PM
    Yup. An air lock keeps fuel from moving too. No fuel, no diesel explosion under the hood. :) We've started my son's old mercedes numerous times simply by opening the gas cap. There's supposed to be a vent to prevent the air lock but on these oldies, they get clogged. You can tell when it's a fuel issue because usually they crank just a little bit faster (as long as the battery and starter are good) and they never hiccup just a little right before they fire up. Does that make sense? If there was fuel, it will start to sputter or hiccup (these are very technical terms y'all should know) because it's trying. Without fuel, the crank sound doesn't change. Same if the glow plugs aren't working. Diesels need their heating blankets. ;) If that fuel doesn't get heated up for that split second, you can crank for hours (which of course the batteries won't allow).
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        05-07-2014, 01:03 PM
    OK, I asked my diesel husband and he suggested that the fuel heater in the fuel filter bowl could be shorted out which blows the 30amp fuse in the fuse panel which kills power to the ECM (engine computer) which prevents it from starting. He said the fuel bowl heater is not really necessary so disconnect it. It's a plug on the side of the fuel bowl on the driver's side and then replace the 30amp fuse. Another easy fix (my E350 van has done this numerous times) is replacing the camshaft position sensor (CPS). He said if the tack bounces while you're cranking, it probably isn't the CPS but don't rule it out. The camshaft position sensor is cheap. They run around $45. Sorry, we are diesel nuts so I had to ask him. :)
        05-07-2014, 01:14 PM
    Thanks for all the info, I will definitely pass it on. We did replace the CPS already so maybe we'll try the other. I'm just hoping one will work out!
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        05-07-2014, 01:36 PM
    OK good. The replaced CPS is another good rule out. The shorted heater coil in the fuel filter bowl is very common. It failed on our 7.3L van and we just took it completely out of the fuel bowl. They aren't necessary and actually quite a pain.
        05-07-2014, 01:42 PM
    Mammak, is your dh an actual diesel mechanic? If so, we may end up havingto use him Iif I can't get my dh to work on it:)
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        05-07-2014, 02:01 PM
    Originally Posted by dbarabians    
    Luvs I have a few horses for sale to good homes and I do take payments. Hint hint
    I could easily have sold two the other day but am leary of the treatment the buyers give their horses. Shalom
    oh so tempting, but, I half to hang loose a bit longer till the property is ready. Got a lot of dead trees that will be coming down this month. Trying to get it done before we get put under another summer burn ban.
    More than likely it will be late this year or early next year before the area is ready. I want to make sure everything is setup before bringing home a horse.

    Also, am working on loosing weight. I am still too fat. I love Arabians but am afraid of squashing one right now. My goal this year is to get to a rideable weight and prep the property.
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        05-07-2014, 02:02 PM
    Kay, your Henny is so cute. Nice find on the saddle.
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        05-07-2014, 03:00 PM
    Arabians may appear small and dainty but they are not.
    I also have QH's and a couple of TB's and an anglo arab. If you are interested you can come look and if you see anything you like we will work out a deal. Shalom
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        05-07-2014, 03:21 PM
    Thanks Donald,
    When everything is setup on the property I'll check back with ya on it.
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        05-08-2014, 01:15 PM
    It's raining in DFW, woohoo!

    So glad I got in my ride last night. Kept it short again, since Cash was so freaking good again. Very pleased with his progress, considering my super slow training schedule.
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