Series 40E

Section 11.1 Preparation for a First Time Start

Section 11.1
Preparation for a First Time Start

Before starting an engine for the first time, carefully read and follow the instructions in this section.‪


Attempting to run the engine before studying these instructions may result in serious damage to the engine.‪


Prior to starting a new or overhauled engine, follow the instructions contained within this section. Before a routine start, refer to "13.2 Daily Maintenance" and follow the instructions contained therein. Failure to perform required pre-start operations may result in engine damage.‪

Section 11.1.1
Cooling System

Install all of the drain cocks and plugs in the cooling system as instructed below:‪

  1. Open the cooling system vents.
  2. Remove the filler cap and fill the cooling system with a coolant specified. Refer to "13.4.14 Service Cooling System" . The coolant level should be within two inches of the filler neck to allow for fluid expansion.
  3. Close the vents, if used, after filling the cooling system.

Section 11.1.2
Lubrication System

The lubricating oil film on the rotating parts and bearings of a new or overhauled engine, or one which has been in storage, may be insufficient for proper lubrication when the engine is started for the first time.‪

It is recommended that the engine lubricating system be charged with a pressure prelubricator, set to supply a minimum of 172 kPa (25 lb/in. 2 ) oil pressure, to ensure an immediate flow of oil to all bearings at the initial engine start-up. The oil supply line should be attached to the engine so that oil under pressure is supplied to the main oil gallery.‪

With the oil pan dry, use the prelubricator to prime the engine with sufficient oil to reach all bearing surfaces. Refer to "3.3.6 Prime Lubricating System" . Use lubricating oil as specified. Then, remove the dipstick, wipe it with a clean cloth, insert and remove it again to check the oil level in the oil pan. Add sufficient oil, if necessary, to bring it to the full mark on the dipstick. Do not overfill.‪

If a pressure prelubricator is not available, fill the crankcase to the proper level with lubricating oil Then, prelubricate the upper engine parts by removing the valve rocker covers and pouring lubricating oil, of the same grade and viscosity as used in the crankcase, over the rocker arms, rocker arm shafts.‪

Section 11.1.3

When a turbocharger is replaced, or if the engine has been in storage, the turbocharger must be prelubricated by pouring oil into the oil supply inlet before the engine is started. Rotate the shaft to coat the bearings with oil.‪


The free floating bearings in the turbocharger center housing require positive lubrication. This is provided by the above procedure before the turbocharger reaches its maximum operating speed which is produced by high engine speeds. Starting any turbocharged engine and accelerating to any speed above idle before engine oil supply and pressure has reached the free floating bearings can cause severe damage to the shaft and bearings of the turbocharger.‪

Start and run the engine at idle until oil supply pressure has reached all of the turbocharger moving parts. A good indicator that all the moving parts are getting lubrication is when the oil pressure gage registers 138 kPa (20 lb/in. 2 ) pressure at idle speed.‪

Section 11.1.4
Air Cleaner

Refer to OEM instructions for the air cleaner, and service accordingly.‪

Section 11.1.5

Check the oil level and, if necessary, fill the transmission case or torque converter to the proper level with the lubricant specified by the manufacturer.‪

Section 11.1.6
Fuel System

Fill the fuel tank with the fuel specified. Refer to "2.1 Fuel System" .‪

If the unit is equipped with a fuel valve, it must be opened. ‪

Note: The engine fuel system is filled with fuel before leaving the factory. If the fuel is still in the system when preparing to start the engine, priming should be unnecessary.

Section 11.1.7
Drive Belts

Adjust all drive belts as recommended. Refer to "13.4.7 Belt" .‪

Section 11.1.8
Storage Battery

Check the battery. The top should be clean and dry, the terminals tight and protected with a coat of silicone spray or petroleum jelly and the electrolyte must be at the proper level.‪

A hydrometer reading (corrected for the temperature of the electrolyte) should be 1.265 or higher. If necessary, charge the battery.‪

Section 11.1.9

Disengage the clutch, if the unit is so equipped.‪

Series 40E Service Manual - 6SE410
Generated on 10-13-2008

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