help needed, Airtronic diesel heater won't ignite

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 at 20:44
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I haven't used the heater for over 6 months, tried it today but won't ignite. It goes through it's start up, exaust smokes a lot, but won't fire up.
The diesel has been in the tank for over 8 months, should I add a little methyo to it?
Thanks Hugh
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 at 21:04

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 at 21:04
I would add kero to kill algae

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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 at 21:05

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 at 21:05
I should have said I add a whole bottle of kero to the 10 litre tank of diesel.

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 at 21:33

Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 at 21:33
If it has been sitting for 6 months check that mudwasps/spiders etc haven't blocked intake and/or exhaust.
We have left ours for nearly nine months and it fired straight up on the diesel left in the tank. I wouldn't add anything to the fuel.
Also check the battery voltage under load as they won't start if the power is too low.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 at 08:23

Thursday, Oct 09, 2014 at 08:23
Ditto to Peters comments about the frigging mud wasps
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 17:24

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 17:24
Hi Bush camper,

I have a wabasto so I guess much the same. I have had two occasions where it has been idle for up to two years (sad I know). I have not had to add anything to the diesel and it has started with just a little fuss. Last caravan show I fronted the Wabasto dealer at the show to check if adding anything would be wise and he said not to do that. So I'm not sure as he suggested that the burner would be over heated and that the only fix was a clean of the lines if they had been blocked by algae growth.

I would suggest to have a really good look at the fuel lines as a starting point.

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