‘We are mechanics – diesel owners should never make one mistake when starting their car’

Top mechanics have warned diesel owners could do damage to their vehicles and risk their safety by using a simple spray on their engine. Angelina and Sandro from YouTube channel Real Mechanic Stuff stressed that it was “not smart” to spray starter fluid on a diesel engine....READ FULL ARTICLE

Angelina reiterated the solution should only be used on petrol models with motorists still urged to take precautions to prevent hazards.

Starting fluids are flammable liquids which can help start internal combustion vehicles struggling to ignite. However, the tools can come with an element of danger as the two mechanics reacted to a motorist almost blowing himself up.

Bending just metres over the engine block, the driver took an unexpected shot of fire to the face as he used the equipment on his model.

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Angelina said: “He is keeping that engine running with a starting fluid.

“A lot of times with vehicles if you’re trying to figure out if it’s a spark issue or it’s a fuel issue, pop off the air filter or air ducting where the throttle body is and you will spray something combustible, starting fluid, car clean, brake clean, while somebody is in their trying to keep the engine alive.

“If the engine does start and continues to run well you know it’s a fuel issue and if it doesn’t then maybe it’s a spark engine or something else.

“As long as you don’t do that with a diesel. That is not a smart thing to do with a diesel you will do damage, massive damage. Don’t do that. Only gasoline vehicles you can do that.

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“What happened is it had a backfire through the intake and since he is spraying a combustible fluid, it combusted back on his face.”

Diesel Hub has confirmed that starter fluids should never be used on certain vehicles. They said: “Starting fluids, including ether, should never be used in a diesel engine as there is an extremely high risk of detonation and the ensuing damage.”

Amsoil added: “Diesel engines, too, can suffer the effects of starting fluid.

“Their high compression can cause it to ignite too early, effectively causing pre-ignition, which invites all kinds of problems, like catastrophic piston or rod damage. Plus, it has no lubricating properties, so it can hasten piston wear.”

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Real Mechanic Stuff presenter Sandro urged road users to make sure they focus on their own personal safety before using the equipment in their own vehicles.

He added: “I think he’s probably snagging it. His boys inside with the throttle cable just stepping on it and he’s pumping it and he shot too much.

“Just a little bit my dude, that motor will stay on just baby dabs. Maybe wear some glasses or a full body suit or a shield. Anything just to protect your face.”…READ FULL ARTICLE 

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