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Old 11-23-2011, 07:32 PM
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"Dry Start" problem

Hello!.....What do you guys think about the effects of dry starts? In other words, I'm concerned about the fact that my Buick doesn't get started as often as I'd like, and of course the oil's in the pan for those first few turns of the crank. I've always been afraid that I may be doing some damage. Do any of you use a "primer" system of any kind, or a special oil additive? Thanks.....Bob.

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Old 11-23-2011, 08:16 PM
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If it has sit for a long time I pull all the plugs and crank it for 30 seconds or so to get the oil moving, then re-install the plugs and fire it up.
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Go to the Morroso website and look at thier oil accumulators. I have a 3 quart that releases the oil when the ignition is turned on.

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I never really worried about it much, true the oil is in the pan, but the pump is still primed and will be flowin oil in no more than a few seconds. That's what I have always believed. I sleep alright
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I never really worried about it much, true the oil is in the pan, but the pump is still primed and will be flowin oil in no more than a few seconds. That's what I have always believed. I sleep alright
X2....even though the oil DOES drain back to the pan....its not like the bearing/ring sufaces DRY OUT!! A lot of "techie stuff" goes into formulating oil compounds too.
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When I first started my caddy it had set for 20 odd years. I had done an oil change, but not right before it started. It almost smoked me out out of the basement till the old oil burned off. I wouldn't worry a whole lot.
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First off, I'd suggest using an engine "fog" when you plan to shut it down for several months ... lawnmowers, snowblowers, boats, quads, garage queens

For those of us that live north of the Mason-Dixon ... you should study up on what happens to oil viscosity in cold temperatures. "Instant oil pressure" is a dangerous myth.

Do some research on the oil filter that you are using. Does it have an anti-drainback valve? This is crucial on some engines, where the filter is mounted horizontally rather than vertically. I still recall my Dad getting educated on this the hard way, with a low-milage '71 Plymouth Fury III and a 318.

He *was* a Fram man ... using a PH8A, until he had to replace a set of pushrods and rocker arms at 60,000 miles. No drain-back valve. The "light-bulb" sort of came on in his head, and he admitted that the valvetrain rattled for quite a while before the oil pressure came up.

When GM came out with the 6.2 diesel, they insisted that the owner should NOT install the standard Chevy (WIX 51061, NAPA 1061) filter, and should instead "upgrade" to the slightly more expensive 51060 / 1060 filter that DOES have the drain-back valve. Other than that valve ... the two filters are identical. Many of my installers no longer wanted to stock the 1061 in fear of having the lube guy installing the wrong filter.

That's my $0.02 worth ...
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I know the engine doesn't actually dry out, It's just that you hear the stories.... I've never seen any bad things, and my motor runs as well today as it ever did. Thanks again for more good advice...
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