Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 00:47:31 -0000
From: "kingdoodlesquat" <>
Subject: Re: problem starting Saab diesel after running out of fuel

> Hello, > are you really serious about this? > I just can not imagine a "larger" diesel engine to NOT have some sort of > bleeding mechanism. All the marine diesels I have come across had a sort of > manual pump that includes an automatic bleeding valve.... > > How do they start those big engines up for the first time (at the factory) ? > > Just curious. > > Richard. > I've worked on diesel generators in the Royal Navy & on diesel engines / heaters on trains after I left & I've had nothing but heartache getting air out the fuel systems. All the problems I found always seemed to occur with fuel lines which had plenty of bends in the pipework & presumably plenty of places for air to be trapped, but I never came across anything which had built in bleed valves in the fuel system specifically for this purposes or manually operated pumps (I think). I'd put that down to typical British engineering & design. I seem to remember that on the new built trains, we had a bloke who had a series of portable pumps to charge the fluid systems, but I might be wrong, it was some years ago. kds :-)

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