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Old 06-12-2010, 01:54 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Wait to start light???

I have a 2000 Escaper with Spartan chassis, Cummins ISC 330hp. There is no "Wait to Start" light, or any other indication that I have found. There is an extremely annoying and loud buzzer that seems to be a warning for everything. After starting the engine, it does not stop until the front air pressure hits about 60#. Having had other diesels (with Wait to Start lights), I wait for a minute or so and start the engine. The local Cummins dealer says this is adequate for Georgia. But, I would like to have the light. The owner's manual is stricly generic covering all 2000 Damon models and of no help.
Does anyone else have a unit without a WtS light?
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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The last time I drove a diesel without a wait to start/glow light, it was a Detroit Diesel 6V71 on a semi truck. It had an ether injection cold start assist.
If you're relatively handy with electrical stuff, you can easily install a light that is powered by the glow plugs, and mount it on the instrument panel. A single clearance light with an amber lens would suffice. Is it "Rube Goldberg?" Yes. Will it allow you to know when your glow plugs are powered up? Yes. Would I be happy having to build this, on a rig that costs as much as a Damon? No.
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:34 PM   #3
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I believe the IS- series of engines do not have glow plugs, but an intake air heater grid.
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Our ISL does have a wait to start light and does not have glow plugs. It has the air intake heater pad that Dirk posted above. In warm weather they are either not needed or very fast. I have had a brain f..t and cranked the engine without waiting for the light to go off and not had a problem. So, it looks like the ISL is kind to forgetful minds.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:02 PM   #5
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Our ISL does have a wait to start light and does not have glow plugs. It has the air intake heater pad that Dirk posted above. In warm weather they are either not needed or very fast. I have had a brain f..t and cranked the engine without waiting for the light to go off and not had a problem. So, it looks like the ISL is kind to forgetful minds.
Nor does our ISC 8.3 - Was accoustomed to my GMC Duramax having a light and after we purchased the ISC was continually looking, particulary in cold weather. Was up in Kansas and Colorado last November in subfreezing weather and did not have a problem so guess all is well that ends well. I kinda liked the light but the Cummins/Freightliner folks are a lot smarter than I am.
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Old 06-13-2010, 05:38 AM   #6
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Thanks to all the posters. I guess I was looking for something that isn't needed. All the other diesels I have driven had had the light. Wonder why the "Cummins guy" I talked to didn't mention that? Again, thanks to all.

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