Max 24 no start just white smoke. 😩

weirdbeard

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Hi guys.
My 2017 Max 24 has been babied. It’s garage kept and has just 275 hrs.

A few months ago it started taking longer to fire up after sitting a few days. I was hoping it would just clear it’s self up because it ran perfectly after starting.
Yesterday I used it all day moving dirt.
today it will not start.
It’s just puffing out white smoke.

The air filter is new and clean.
The battery is new and fully charged.
All fuses “that I know of” are good.
Glow plugs are getting voltage.
Plenty of diesel in the tank.

I need to change the fuel filters, but that’s all I know to do.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. 😬
 

bordercollie

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It sounds like it's loosing its prime to me (possibly). Do you have to keep on attempting to start and then finally it will start and run? If so, check fuel lines and clamps. I had this happen on several pieces of equipment. After I had run those pieces for a bit and turned them off, I listened in a very quiet place for air. (mosquito type noise) . found some rotten hose on the older stuff and loose clamps on others. Good luck.
 

weirdbeard

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Thanks bordercollie.
That’s what it had been doing for a few months and I assumed it was probably losing fuel pressure, but now its a no start at all situation.
 

weirdbeard

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I just re tested the glow plugs and its a problem for sure.
I’ve got all 13 volts on the glow plug rack with the key OFF!
With the key on voltage drops to zero.
This has me very confused. 😵💫
 

Doc

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I searched on this issue and found this:

What causes white smoke from a diesel engine?

There are three causes of white smoke from a diesel engine. The problem is either raw diesel fuel passing through the exhaust completely unburned or water/coolant entering the combustion chamber or the temperature in the combustion chamber is too low.

More at this link https://learndiesels.com/the-causes-of-white-smoke-from-a-diesel-and-what-to-look-for/
 

weirdbeard

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Thanks Doc.
I saw that too and think it must be raw fuel because the glow plugs are not working.

I just always thought a diesel could still fire up without glow plugs, but I don’t know much about diesels.
I’m going to try and diagnose the glow plug situation. 😕
 

weirdbeard

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I finally got around to working on the tractor today.
I was pulling the glow plugs to test them and I noticed the plastic + connector that plugs into the glow plug bridge bar looked weird on the inside.
It somehow melted just on the inside and was causing a very bad connection.
I soldered a new connector on and put everything back together.
She fired up just like new!
I am so relieved! 😃
 

weirdbeard

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Thanks, Doc.
yeah it’s probably not a common problem so I don’t know how much this thread will help others, but I did learn that this little diesel will not fire up without glow plugs. 🙂
 

Doc

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I'm guessing there will be another one out there with a similar problem and this might be the fix. If it does help someone I hope they reply to this thread letting us know.
 
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