Starting Fluid Engine Carnage

We have examined the effects of starting fluid on your Kubota and these two pictures serve as a reminder against using ether or starting aids.

Ether Blown Engine

Ether Blown Engine

These pictures show the block of a Mitsubishi/Satoh Beaver 370D diesel engine in which ether was used in an attempt to get the equipment firing. Although this is not a Kubota piston that is smashed into pieces it could very well have been – both Satoh and Kubota engines are high compression. Premature and violent detonation caused by ether burning ahead of the injectors opening to deliver fuel, puts serious strain on the piston and connecting rods.

Skip the ether and reach for your mouse and click on one of our articles to give you tips on getting that Kubota to start!

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2 Comments »

  1. teena hughes Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

    I REALLY NEED TO KNOW WHAT TYPE HYDRAULIC FLUID TO USE IN A SATOH 370D. AND HOW MUCH! HAVE LOOKED FOR THIS ANSWER EVERY WHERE AND NO LUCK
    YOUR HELP WOULD BE SO VERY APPRECIATED!

    THANKYOU!
    Teena

  2. Vic Said,

    April 8, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

    Hi Teena,

    The Satoh Beaver S370D, takes 2.25 gallons or 8.5 litres of 80W90 Gear Oil.

    You may also use any brand of “Hydraulic Gear Oil” recommended for use in tractors that share a common resivoir (transmission oil and hydraulic oil are the same fluid, stored in the same resivoir, the transmission!)

    These types of transmission oils are a little “thinner” in viscosity and flow better in colder climates. We buy all of our transmission oils at Wal-Mart in the Auto Dept, but you can find these types of oils at auto parts stores, agri-centres, farm dealerships etc.

    Service Dept Vic

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