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Old 05-07-2007, 06:20 PM
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Starting gas engine with starting fluid

Is it OK to start an engine that has been sitting for three months with starting fluid/with upper cylinder lubrication?

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What are you using for cylinder lube? Trans fluid or something else?
Will it not start on its own for some reason that it needs ether?

At my work I have started up some engines that have sat for 6 months or longer. But the engines safety seems to be of little concern to do it the right way. I just do what I am told.
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Ive started an engine that sat for 5 years without ether. Of course it was stored properly, and I had to replace all the gaskets because they were dryed up. But I just dumped a little sip of gas into the carb and 3 cranks Vrrroom!
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Am using PYROIL made by valvoline. It is in a spray can with lubricant and ether mixed together. The engine has been recently rebuilt and I am disabled and don't drive very much. I'm afraid I will burn up the starter and run down the battery, even when I put a little gas in it. Only got 230 miles on this engine since rebuild and had to stop driving it this winter.
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If it won't start the regular way you may have some problems. POssibly fuel delivery and/or ignition problems they could have possibly happened while sitting for that little while.
But try the pyroil it may do the trick.
I have used pyroil in the past. I never knew it was a lubricant. I guess I never took the time to read the label.
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We use WD-40 for starting fluid.
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Never heard of that before. Do you spray it into the throat of the carb or do you use regular starting fluid after spraying with WD40?
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Doc here,

On an Engine that Has ONLY sat 3 months..If at ALL, I'd use regular starting fluid...Open the Throttle Plates and give One blast into each venturi. Don't Overdo it!

If It sat for 3 months, The battery MAY be low, IF you have a Computer, A CD/Radio with active memory presets, Alarm system and the like, these draw current sitting..You may need (advised) to trickle charge it the night before to charge it up..Next time you store it, pull the battery cable..this will conserve the battery.

If the gas is clean and good, and the engine has no problems (has regular tune ups good grade fuel, clean filters, not sitting in a Snow Bank) It should fire up just fine all on it's own. Never had a Start or Lube Issue..and I leave some of them sit many months at a time..

If you go over 6 months put some fresh Fuel in it..gas goes bad sitting.

If it's hard starting, then try the Start Fluid. But you really should not need it.

If you do, after you get it running, you might want to consider a tune up. and a fuel delivery System inspection.

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Fill the carburetor with gas through the vent hole, I always start fresh engines this way-with the carb full... I don't care much for starting fluids-seen people blow valve covers right off after repeated attempts with starting fluid.
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Fill the carburetor with gas through the vent hole, I always start fresh engines this way-with the carb full... I don't care much for starting fluids-seen people blow valve covers right off after repeated attempts with starting fluid.

Just for reference - you can use a little bottle with a flip out spout on it to fill the fuel through the vent like was mentioned above. Whenever I change jets, etc., on my carb I always do this as well. Motor will fire right up.

I believe the bottle I use was originally a container for Campbell Hausfeld "air comressor oil" and I think you can get them at Lowe's or something. Has a little 1/2" long spout on it that fits right into the vent hole, and closes in case you need to store and not spill. Works great for changing jets. Some carb companies sell bottles for this as well, but that was too much hassle for me and I had that little bottle!
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Where is the vent hole on the edlebrock Carburetor?
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Ive started an engine that sat for 5 years without ether. Of course it was stored properly, and I had to replace all the gaskets because they were dryed up. But I just dumped a little sip of gas into the carb and 3 cranks Vrrroom!

Me too..lol I bought an old jeep pickup a guy left sitting for 6 years, Poured some gas in the carb, fresh battery and it started right up and ran off the rest of the tank, It had about half a tank in it when I picked it up and I never added any fresh gas to it either, just drove it till it was empty. I was truly amazed. I did rebuild the carb a little later and there was no sign of varnish in the bowl.
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Where is the vent hole on the edlebrock Carburetor?
Right in front of the air cleaner stud. BTW . A diswashing liquid bottle works very well also.
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Hi Adantessr

This thread is from 2007 & Bill Riese hasn't been here since 02-2008
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Hi Adantessr

This thread is from 2007 & Bill Riese hasn't been here since 02-2008
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Heeee , Heeee. My bad , I only looked at the date on the last post. LOL
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