Install a diesel-fuel priming pump, then bleed your diesel.
For all of their advantages over gas engines, diesels have one big disadvantage—they won’t run with even a little air in the fuel system. Sometimes a simple filter change can end up with a mechanic’s visit or an expensive tow home. Many engines incorporate a hand-priming pump, but these can be hard to reach and painfully slow, and they don’t prime primary filters installed between fuel tanks and engines.
This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.