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I have a detroit series 60 500 horsepower. I'm having a hard time getting it to start once it sits for awhile.  At first, it starts fine, then cuts off. I have to hold the starter button in, but it takes awhile to start and when it does there is alot of smoke from the exhaust pipe. I think it's losing prime? How can I fix this or do you think it's something else? How do you prime the engine?

Theres no way to prime a 60 series without pulling the pump off and running the gear on a drill. All my experiences has led me to the restricted fitting on the return line out of the head replace that and it should fix your problem. you will need a restricted fitting and a check valve. Just to make sure would put a filter wrench on your fuel filters to make sure they are tight.

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Jeff Drumm


I Can answer any question pertaining to semi trucks and trailers. Have no experience in the automotive field so not able to help in that area.


My experiences in Semi Trucks is. I own my own truck and i presntly maintain a 80 truck fleet. Can handle any questions pertaining to a truck have tore apart and rebuilt every aspect on them. Fleet I deal with is Mainly Volvo trucks and a handful of freightliners. Work on automated transmissions on a daily basis along with carrier apu's. With engines my specialty is the 60 series Detroit but do work on the cummins isx the n-14 and the ism. and also the Volvo engines.

Have a College Degree from university of northwestern ohio in diesel and agriculture mechanics. Have 10 years behind the wheel driving a truck and 4 years working on trucks full time. Also have grown up on a farm so have been tinkering on trucks and tractors all my life.

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I've gone through online schooling and have received certificates from webb wheel, Timken and Volvo academy.

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