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Ford 2600 diesel tractor won't start

Richard Knowles I have inherited a Ford 2600 diesel tractor that has been sitting unused for a few years. When I try to start it, it cranks fine but that's all. I know nothing about diesel tractors. Any advice on how to start trying to solve this problem would sure be appreciated.
James Baker Hi,
First thing to check is if it is getting fuel to the injectors. Bleed the air out of the system at the filters. Loosen the lines at the injectors and turn engine over several rounds with the starter. When/if they start spurting fuel tighten them back and see if it starts up. If it still won't start dampen (NOT WET) a rag with gas and hold it over the air intake while cranking the engine over for several rounds. Be careful not to let the rag slip out of your hand and get pulled into intake. You might pickup a can of starting fluid but be careful as you can damage the engine if you spray an excessive amount into the engine.

James Baker Also I should have mentioned DO NOT PUT GASOLINE IN THE FUEL TANK. Only dampen the rag and allow the air pulled through it to be drawn ino the engine as excessive gasoline is also harmful to a diesel engine.
John Phillis if the tractor hasn't been running for a few years, you might want to pull out the injectors adn have someone test them on a bench tester to see if they are gummed up and not spraying correctly.
while they are out, shoot one or two small shots of 15w-40 oil down each cylinder and crank teh engine over a few times to get the rings lubricated. Compression rings need a little bit of oil on them to seal tightly to the cylinder walls. this will boost compression, adn since a diesel engine starts only by compression will make it start easier after sitting a long time.

another thing to do is make sure that you have GOOD clean diesel fuel in the tractor. it wouldn't hurt to take the fuel filter off and change it, and also drain out the tank adn put good fresh diesel in it. diesel fuel has a much higher octane rating than gasoline and is therefore not very flammable, so by letting it sit, some of the flammable material can evaporate from teh fuel and make it even higher octane, so that it will not combust under normal compression (14:1 or 15:1)

like James Baker said, make sure the injection pump is working by loosening each line at the injector and cranking it over, one at a time, and you will see a pulse of fuel come out of the line. if the tractor has a primer ont he pump it wouldn't hurt to give it a few pumps, after changing fuel filters, to get the pump primed. also, there is an air bleed bolt on teh top of the filter house, where the line runs out of hte filter to the pump. Turn the bolt loose until fuel runs out with no air bubbles.

John Phillis one more thing I forgot to mention.

crack the throttle open about halfway to full throttle. a diesel is not liek a gasoline engine, it takes a lot to "flood" one out. this will give it enough diesel to hopefully start.

Mitchell L. Shupp I have a Ford 2600 diesel farm tractor with a serial number of C506394, and I would like to know the year of this tractor, if anybody knows.

Thanks...

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Lanny Tinnel Changed fuel filter, primed injector pump and all the way up to the fuel injector and got all bubbles out. Installed new injector in the cylender that didn't change the tone of the tractor when bleeding while running. Tractor still has a miss in that cylender. This all started with a change of fuel filter earlier. don't know what else it would be unless there's not enough pressure comming from the pump. I have no leaks.
J. B. Allison The PTO does not work. Have changed filter and it has fluid. What is wrong??????

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