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Old 12-08-2003, 04:19   #1 (permalink)
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Starting a 8month dormant engine

Im more than likely going to be starting my EL engine in the next few days. The last time it was started was arround March/April. Is there any procedures i should follow before attempting to fire it up?

Priming the oil system?
Over filling the oil system?

i was thinking

(1) slightly overfill the oiling system
(2) crank the engine arround by hand for a few turns
(3) crank the engine over with no spark/fuel for a few seconds
(4) start the engine properly.

Is this on the right track?

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Use a remote start switch & crank away for about 10 secs, 2-3 times then start as normal
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Start it you've been watching too many oil adds. Besides its a Ford....
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Re: Starting a 8month dormant engine

the fuel has probably gone off and started to gum up i'd add fresh ULP.. other than that adding oil to lube the valves isn't a bad idea .. i dont like your chance of turning it over by hand ..
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yeah, show it no mercy!

if you're super worried, pull all the plugs and put a dash of oil or proper cylinder-lube stuff down there... but it will be fine - my paddock car regularly goes 6 months without starting... never any trouble (but it is a Holden...)
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Re: Starting a 8month dormant engine

Squirt some (not a lot 10ml will do - too much will plug the cat) Redex or other upper cylinder head lubricant into each plug hole first and add some to the fuel tank as well.
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Old 12-09-2003, 06:34   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Starting a 8month dormant engine

Cheers guys.

The engine is dormant, but the fuel system is fresj (el engine into my ea)

Ive lubed the cylinders with a bit of oil, and yeah ill just kick it over.

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i was oversease 7months and i couldn't wait to come home and kick my EF in the gut's.... as soon as i got home I got they keys and after 2sec of crancking away she went .... 20min later i blew rear tire doing burnouts. Those european ppl got no idea what a big I6 can do :) pissy little VW and Audi and BMW 1.8L milk cartons ... did I mention Skoda? and shitty Renaults? yuk... kick her in the gut's she will love it
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Re: Starting a 8month dormant engine

I left the XA in one spot for 9 months last year without starting it .. as soon as I turned it over it ran .. let it warm up a bit and off I went
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