How to fix a diesel that’s hard to start cold

Winter! Always just around the corner! And with it often comes problems with your car, truck, boat or machinery – particularly when it has a diesel engine. An often-occurring problem during the colder months is hard cold starting – the engine takes longer and longer cranking to finally fire up. Not only that, once it does finally kick into life, it’s most likely also blowing white diesel smoke out the exhaust and running roughly until it warms up. Incidentally, white diesel smoke at start up is an obvious sign that things are not right, and if left untreated can become a much bigger problem.

This hard start condition is very often due to engine deposit build-up. Over time, internal engine deposits continually build up and very often have an adverse effect on engine performance. These deposits are usually a result of ‘not ideal’ types of operation, including excessive idling, short run times, light work load and city-type driving. Additionally, postponed or neglected maintenance leads to increased deposit build-up, all of which does not allow efficient combustion of fuel, be it either diesel or gasoline.

Frequently, deposits build up in several critical areas within an engine –cylinder glaze, glazed cylinder, white diesel smoke, hard carbon, low compression, pro maintenance additives, proadditives, hard starting diesel, cold starting, hard carbon

  • Piston rings. Hard carbon deposits on piston rings and grooves cause rings to ‘stick’, which reduces crucial cylinder compression essential for optimum starting.

  • Cylinder bores. Fine hard carbon build-up fills the cylinder bore cross hatch making the bore glassy smooth and reducing cylinder compression and increasing blow by. This build-up is referred to as cylinder glaze, or glazed cylinder bores. Low compression is a result of glazed cylinder bores

  • Injector tips. Fouling of fuel injector tips seriously affects optimum fuel spray atomization, as well as distorting the critical fuel spray pattern. Incorrect fuel delivery is a major cause of hard starting.

  • Combustion and exhaust spaces. Hard carbon build-up in combustion spaces, especially on piston crowns interferes with efficient mixing of the fuel spray with intake air. Exhaust deposits, particularly on exhaust valves and turbo chargers, reduce the engine’s ability to breathe efficiently.

  • Piston rings, grooves and lands. Sludge and gummy deposits often form on these critical areas of pistons. Apart from increasing internal drag, which adversely affects cold cranking and efficient lubrication, severe loss of compression also results.

That’s the bad news

Here’s the good news – Rather than carrying out expensive, time consuming mechanical work to physically remove, clean or replace affected parts of engines and fuel systems (effectively overhaul), all the above-mentioned deposits can be removed safely and effectively by chemical means, and with minimal downtime. In fact, much of the clean-up occurs during actual, normal driving or operation.

How does FTC Decarbonizer fix a diesel that’s hard to start cold?

FTC Decarbonizer is a truly unique product! It acts as a combustion catalyst to ignite fuel much easier during cold starts. At start-up, the active component in FTC Decarbonizer ignites before the fuel, resulting in faster, cleaner and more efficient cold starts. It also oxidizes (burns off) hard carbon deposits from combustion and exhaust spaces at much lower temperatures than otherwise possible. Even during adverse or ‘not ideal’ engine operating conditions, it removes deposits such as cylinder glaze, combustion and exhaust deposits, even turbocharger deposits.

FTC Decarbonizer – Which size do I need?2020-07-15T07:37:34-06:00

Choose the most appropriate size FTC Decarbonizer for your particular need. Various size options are available –FTC Decarbonizer available in different sizes and bottle choices depending on need

FTC Decarbonizer is added directly to the fuel tank – gasoline or diesel.

16 ounces of FTC Decarbonizer is usually enough to treat a small car or SUV-type vehicle.

32 – 64 ounces of FTC Decarbonizer is usually enough to treat small to medium trucks, RV’s and some machinery.

1 gallon & 2.5 gallons of FTC Decarbonizer is usually enough to treat large trucks and machinery.

Does FTC Decarbonizer really work?  Yes it does! Find out here

As well as FTC Decarbonizer, our other products listed here will also definitely help solve the problem of hard cold starts –

  • Cleanpower Fuel Treatment. Utilizing highly refined and specialized fuel system detergents (not abrasive and corrosive solvents), Cleanpower restores total cleanliness to fuel pumps, lines and injectors to restore correct fuel spray patterns, and provide optimum fuel atomization.

  • Flushing Oil Concentrate. Based on specific detergents (again, not destructive solvents), expressly designed to remove heavy, often baked on deposits, Flushing Oil Concentrate will restore pristine cleanliness to the whole oil wetted side of the engine. It removes stubborn sludge and damaging hard carbon deposits to restore full available compression, and bring back clean, efficient lubrication to the engine.

  • AW10 Antiwear. When added to the engine oil after first restoring to clean condition, AW10 Antiwear significantly reduces frictional drag throughout all lubricated mating parts of the engine, subsequently reducing the battery’s cold cranking demand, aiding easier starting.

All of these products are available individually, or collectively in cost-saving Value PacksUltimate Gasoline Pack, or especially for modern diesel engines, the Ultimate Diesel Pack.

Ultimate Gasoline Pack – Which size do I need?2020-06-04T19:26:45-06:00

Choose the most appropriate size Ultimate Gasoline Pack for your particular need. 2 choices are available – Small Pack or Large Pack

Small Pack contains:Ultimate Gasoline Pack - Small Pack

  • 32oz FTC Decarbonizer
  • 8oz Flushing Oil Concentrate
  • 8oz Cleanpower
  • 32oz AW10 Antiwear

This pack has been developed for small to medium diesel powered vehicles with up to approximately 16 quarts (4 gallons/19 liters) of engine oil capacity, and larger capacity transmissions and multiple differentials. Typical vehicles include diesel powered cars, 4-Wheel drives, many medium size diesel powered pick-up trucks, small agricultural tractors, etc.

Large Pack contains:Ultimate Gasoline Pack Large

  • 1 gallon FTC Decarbonizer
  • 16oz Flushing Oil Concentrate
  • 32oz Cleanpower
  • 1 gallon AW10 Antiwear

This pack has been developed for most larger engines with large transmissions, multiple large differentials, final drives, and hydraulic systems. Typical vehicles include large heavy duty, hard-working vehicles and machinery, e.g. 18-Wheelers, large dump trucks, cement trucks, earthmoving and excavating machinery, large agricultural tractors etc.

 

(1 quart = 950ml, 1 liter = 33.8 ounces)

Ultimate Diesel Pack – Which size do I need?2020-06-04T19:24:07-06:00

Choose the most appropriate size Ultimate Diesel Pack for your particular need. 2 choices are available –

Small Pack contains:Ultimate Diesel Pack Small

  • 32oz FTC Decarbonizer
  • 8oz Flushing Oil Concentrate
  • 8oz CRD Fuel Enhancer
  • 32oz AW10 Antiwear

This pack has been developed for small to medium diesel powered vehicles with up to approximately 16 quarts (4 gallons/19 liters) of engine oil capacity, and larger capacity transmissions and multiple differentials. Typical vehicles include diesel powered 4-Wheel drives, many medium size diesel powered pick-up trucks, small agricultural tractors, etc.

Large Pack contains:Ultimate Diesel Pack Large

  • 1 gallon FTC Decarbonizer
  • 16oz Flushing Oil Concentrate
  • 32oz CRD Fuel Enhancer
  • 1 gallon AW10 Antiwear

This pack has been developed for most larger engines with large transmissions, multiple large differentials, final drives, and hydraulic systems. Typical vehicles include large heavy duty, hard-working vehicles and machinery, e.g. 18-Wheelers, large dump trucks, cement trucks, earthmoving and excavating machinery, large agricultural tractors etc.

 

(1 quart = 950ml, 1 liter = 33.8 ounces)

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