If a four stroke gasoline engine (inline-four, digital fuel injection) starts with starting fluid (but not without it, and stops firing when the spray is removed), is this an indication that the spark plugs are working and that the timing of the sparks is correct?
Or, is it possible that the starting fluid is simply auto igniting due to compression alone?
I see on the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starting_fluid that the autoignition temperature is low, at only 160 degrees C.
I imagine this would depend on the particular starting fluid. But even if it does depend on the particular starting fluid, can some statistical answer be given? E.g. that "in most cases the starting fluid will start the engine even when all the spark plugs are non-functional".