Section 11.2 Starting

Section 11.2

Before starting the engine for the first time, perform the operations listed under "Preparation For Starting Engine First Time.''‪

Before a routine start, see "Daily Maintenance-All Applications." Refer to "13.2 Daily Maintenance - All Applications" .‪



Diesel engine exhaust and some of its constituents are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm.‪

  • Always start and operate an engine in a well ventilated area.
  • If operating an engine in an enclosed area, vent the exhaust to the outside.
  • Do not modify or tamper with the exhaust system or emission control system.

Start an engine equipped with an electric starting motor as follows: ‪

  1. Turn the ignition switch to the "ON" position. The yellow check engine and red stop engine lights should both light up. After 6-10 seconds both lights should go out. If both lights fail to go out, refer to the DDEC II Troubleshooting Guide, 6SE489, or DDEC  III/IV Single ECM Troubleshooting Guide, 6SE497 Basic Knowledge Required.


    To prevent serious damage to the cranking motor, if the engine does not start, do not press the starting switch again while the cranking motor is spinning.‪

  2. If the check engine and stop engine lights both go out, press the starting motor switch firmly. If the engine fails to start within 15 seconds, release the starting switch and allow the starting motor to cool for 15 seconds before trying again. If the engine fails to start after four attempts, an inspection should be made to determine the cause.

Series 50 Service Manual - 6SE50
Generated on 10-13-2008

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