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 12-04-2000, 21:59 Post: 22126
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I have a JD4100, purchased new this year (July 2000). I have a friend who has a JD955, which has an automatic glow plug for warming up (ie, turn ignition swith on, wait for glow plug light to go out, then start tractor). His 955 starts easily, at least down to about 25 degrees. My 4100 coughs, gags, smokes, etc, when first starting. I've purchased the block heater and the hydrostatic sump heater, and plan to install them as soon as I can. My question is, does anyone know of a glow plug (aftermarket kit) that can be added to the diesel in my 4100 ? I'd still use the block & sump heaters, but it would sure be nice to have a glow plug too. TIA for any info.






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 12-04-2000, 23:16 Post: 22127
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I don't think that you can put in a glow plug, because it is mounted in the high compression area of the head. But the basic motor in your 4100 was used by Yanmar on a number of other applications....and Yanmar usually offered a device mounted in the air intake tract called "thermostart" on their own products. Thermostart accomplishes much the same thing as glow plugs without a lot of the drawbacks. JD also offered thermostart under a different name on some of their large diesels. Frankly, I like it better than the glow plugs. It might be possible to adapt to your 4100. I would like to hear about it if you are interested in giving it a try, and might be able to help you find the parts.
COme to think of it, with the block heater you probably won't need any other help. I believe that a block heater beats any type of hot wire ignition help.






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 12-04-2000, 23:19 Post: 22128
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4100 comes standard with glow plugs, just turn the key to light up the dash for about 30 seconds prior to starting -then crank. I've also had good luck with block and transmission heater -last year started down to -15 F. Also you need to verify you are using a winter fuel conditioner as well as a winter blend of diesel.






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 12-05-2000, 09:18 Post: 22131
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Tom is right on about the 4100 having glow plugs. This is how they operate according to the JD tech manual. They are energized when the key switch is placed in the start position, and can be pre-heated by turning the key switch to the run position. After 3 seconds a timer module opens and the ground path for the glow plugs is removed.






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 12-05-2000, 09:31 Post: 22132
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I researched it further - sure enough, the 4100 does have glowplugs, at least according to the Tech Manual. Silly me, I read and was following the operators manual , which makes no reference to waiting for the glow plugs to warm up the comp. chambers. I have noticed that the operator's manual is lacking in a few areas - love the tractor though!






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 12-05-2000, 09:51 Post: 22133
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Dave, it's sure interesting that the operators manual neglects this little tidbit of info about the 4100. Are you aware of the differences in the engine oil fill capacity?






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 12-05-2000, 11:44 Post: 22136
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No, was unaware of differences in fill capacity for engine oil. I'm getting ready to do my first oil change though, so I'm gonna find out!
Incidentally, I purchased addtional filters and "Break-In" Motor Oil from JD per the User's Manual - the Manual recommends "Break-In" Oil for the first 100 hours of Operation - which seems reasonable to me. Has anyone else used the "Break-In" Oil? Any thoughts on it? I assume that "Break-In" Oil has extra surfectants to help float contaminates so that filtering will get the extra goodies One usually finds in a new engine.






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 12-05-2000, 12:09 Post: 22137
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Check out this thread for insights for info on the oil change for the 4100.






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Lets try that again






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