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06 dodge nitro 2.8 diesel wont start but will start on ether every time , it wont start hot or cold unless a squirt of ether is used.,

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I agree with Brian. Glow plugs would be my route.

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Two things I can think of , Low compression caused by worn piston rings,do a compression test, starter motor not turning motor over fast enough, so compressed fuel can't ignite. Check starter for fielding.

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First off, ether is not the way to go at all! You'll end up messing up the piston rings with continuous use. Also with using ether engines tend to get "addicted" to it (its the only way they will start after some time as the rings get burnt and compression under normal cranking isnt enough)

The fact you can start the engine on ether means fuel prob isnt the problem. I would have said the problem was probably your pre-heating system and to check your plugs, wiring and fuses for the pre-heating system but the fact hot start doesnt work either doesnt make sense.

How long have you been using ether? If it has been for an extended period then I have a feeling the piston rings might be shot and full compression cant be reached during cranking and the ether just kickstarts your engine into starting. Any smoke out the tailpipe?

I would still check the glow plugs.

Hope this helps in some way

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I agree that the problem is most likely fuel boiling off in the injectors due to heat aside from replaceing all the injectors
you are gonna have to open the hood AND hold down the purge valve and have someone crank it for you
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To me like some loose electrical connection is resposible for this problem. Check the battery terminals for tightness and the fuses to internal heater. There might be a halfblown fuse or loose connection which is insufficient to make it possible to start the engine, but once in motion the vibration of the var provides enough to keep the connection going to start the engine because after having started the engine, it has no active role to play until you swictch off the engine. On starting time its required. So check sor the loose connection to the heater and the compressor, both of which comes into play in starting the engine...sodeep

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