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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 05, 5:17 PM Thread Starter
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Starting an engine that hasn't been started for a while

My engine hasn't been started in five weeks, but it ran fine when I parked it. I just never had to take it anywhere.

I'm trying to get it ready to move up to school on Friday (well, that was my goal), and I found I had to replace basically my whole charging system.

I know its hard to start engines that have sat a while, but this one just isn't doing too well. I've tried giving it a few pumps of gas and starting, tried just cranking it regularly, tried starting it like it was flooded, holding it open a little bit, etc.

Any tips on how I should do this? I don't think anything is wrong with it, just not firing up. Maybe I should spray some starter fluid down there or something? Thanks..


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Re: Starting an engine that hasn't been started for a while

Start it like you normally do! Five weeks is not long at all. Maybe your gas is bad, but after 5 weeks, I just can't see it. Gas can't be that much CRAP nowadays.

The only hard thing about starting an engine that has sat is cranking it long enough for oil pressure and to fill the float bowls. That is probably your problem. Crank it for 20-30 seconds or so, then start as normal.

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Re: Starting an engine that hasn't been started for a while

uh, start and go, five weeks is just like you drove it yesterday. In the winter I only start the cars in the garage once a month let run five minutes. The 327 engine I pulled from my project was seized, had not run in 8+ years had ****e loads of stuff inside.....1. changed oil, 2. poured mystery oil in each cylinder 3. turned by hand after working the crank for 2 days and retapping snapped off harmonic bolt. 4. reprimed oil pump with ground down distributor 5. hooked up parts and 12 vdc. 6. ignition after fresh gas. barely even a puff of smoke, then I tore it completely apart and gave it away. seriously just start and go. JN

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Re: Starting an engine that hasn't been started for a while

Just get in and start it normally, it probably wont start normallly because it has sat that long but you wont hurt anything. Thats what I do when it sits all winter. It will take some extra cranking.


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Re: Starting an engine that hasn't been started for a while

As I said in the electrical forum, if you want it to start right away after the car has sat for a while, fill the bowls first with a squirt bottle. If you are having trouble starting it the plugs may be fouled.

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