: restart after winter
Feb 26th, 04, 01:54 PM
car has @ 12000 miles on it. no problems so far.
now it has been sitting for 2 months this winter,
are there any precautions i could take before i turn it over again this spring. open to suggestions ty
Feb 26th, 04, 06:57 PM
When you stored it you changed the oil right? If not, change it now. 2 months isn't a very long time. You can probably hop in and start it up. Just check the basic stuff like oil, coolant, battery, power stearing fluid (if equiped). Sometimes the floats will hang up making it necessary to take the bowls off and free the needle and seat assembly (or replace them). Check for mouse nests in the air cleaner.
If it had been more like 6 or 8 months I might recommend pulling the plugs, squirting a teaspoon of oil in each cylinder, cranking it over and resinstalling the plugs before firing it off.
Feb 27th, 04, 01:42 AM
ty Dave, it was the pulling of the spark plugs and
squiting some oil in the cylinders that i was really
interested in. i may just do that anyways because i want to replace them because i have minatures in there now because we had headers but got rid of them
and went back to the stock exhaust manifolds.
i was in this site alot at the begining of project,
been awhile now, but i tell you, i love this tech
support room. ty again, I'll be back. Paul
Feb 28th, 04, 11:07 AM
Treat it like a fresh engine. Pull dist. and prime the engine with oil using a drill with an old dist. oil pump rod. The important part is to get oil to your moving parts / thruogh the rods and over rockers and wher ever else your oil travels. Hopefully not to your your pistons , unless you want it to smoke. This way it will go to the crank bearings/very important!/Seems easier to just pump the gas pedal a few times and turn the key, sure it will start but your doing alot of damage that you wont notice till your driving far from home.
Feb 28th, 04, 01:38 PM
I agree with dnult. 2 months is nothing, hop in and go. IMHO. My 68 SS sat for over 2 months, today is was 55 degrees and sunny, battery off the trickle and away we go.
Mar 1st, 04, 06:51 AM
Same here. Mine sat for about 2 months due to the weather. Put a charger on the battery to keep from overtaxing the alternator. Then just start and go after letting it idle for about a minute.
Mar 2nd, 04, 02:21 AM
I agree with the above two posts, but a really simple thing to do would be to turn it over a couple of times by hand. It only takes about one revolution to get the oil wedge back on the crank and you are good to go.
Mar 2nd, 04, 01:03 PM
yea thats fine , it starts and runs well, but you do realize that your bearings are a copper and ? combonation. copper is one of the softest materials next to the seats. 2 months is enough time for the oil to completely drain from every nook and crany. THATS JUST LIKE A NEW ENGINE! Why not take the time to prime? You put alot of $ into that car not to mention the time and sweat. Make it last longer. Its only a few minutes to pull the dist and install the prime rod on a drill which could add ? years of life to the engine. I do that faithfully, no matter what engine is in it. But to each his own. :(