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    Quote Originally Posted by trevskoda View Post
    100% correct,i have done this many a time,esp on older engines with many miles on clock.
    I have also used a blow lamp at the inlet or heated the inlet manifold or intake with a hot air gun.
    Yes but have you ever done diesel soaked rag trick ,or are you too young .?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GilesO View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Here it is, my first proper problem, and it's with my Father's Hymer. I need to get it started and unfortunately he didn't get time to tell me HOW.

    I'm no mechanical idiot but I'm sure I'm missing something. It's been sat for 7 weeks now without being turned over. I've got jump leads on so there's loads of voltage but regardless of Choke position and fiddling with the throttle... letting it sit for a while... it just won't fire. After turning it over for a few seconds there is some smoke coming from the exhaust but that's it.

    The only mystery is the red kill-switch in the attached photo (bottom left)... but that seems to link the leisure circuitry somehow.

    It's a Ducato engine BTW.

    Any suggestions gratefully received!
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    I had a 91 Hymer with the same set up. You have got it going now but you should check out the glow plugs. The red wire goes to the glow plugs, there is a metal strip that links the glow plug, you should remove that and check to make sure all draw about the same power, if no power draw on a glow plug replace it. As in post 40, they can go down, mine also had a problem starting once in the winter, I think I replaced all 4 plugs as I only had 1 or 2 working. Started fine before it got really cold. I only used the choke once in about 6 years. You have got all the other answers here with lots of other advise, I used easy start to get mine going once as we were wild camping and about to return home, you need to spray that or whatever spray you have directly into the metal airintake manifold, it didn't work for me spraying it into the air filter intake. I think I got her to crank it and I gave it a very small squirt.

    A can of spray was kept for emergencies, I also used it once when the car wouldn't start, that turned out to be a leak back on just one injector, newer system than your MH. Citroen garage diagnosed that one but I did the repair, it cost me half the amount that the garage wanted to replace just the one injector and retest to see if any more needed. I removed all 4 injectors and got them all bench tested, just one was down, so that one reconditioned and all refitted, all then fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GilesO View Post
    It's a diesel...
    In your original post you referred to choke position. If it's diesel it hasn't got a choke. The red switch in your pic looks like a battery isolater so if you have any power at all i think that should be ok.

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    Generally, if there is a problem with one or more of the glow plugs, the glow plug light will come on when the engine is running. It's not infallible, but it's a strong hint of a glow plug problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairydog View Post
    Generally, if there is a problem with one or more of the glow plugs, the glow plug light will come on when the engine is running. It's not infallible, but it's a strong hint of a glow plug problem.

    I don't think it did that on mine, not really sure now, it was years ago and a very basic system.

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    My iveco will start without glow plug use,i think they are direct inj rather than recaro cylinder heads thanks to old rudolf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by molly 2 View Post
    Yes but have you ever done diesel soaked rag trick ,or are you too young .?
    Lighted newspaper is better than a rag, less chance of the engine sucking in the rag and getting under the valves. john.

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