How to start equipment thats been sitting

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by bill8379, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Usually I just fire it up but I read that you should put a tablespoon or teaspoon of oil down the spark plug hole before turning it over. I guess that's for lubing the cylinder. True?
     
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    It depends on how long it's been sitting and where (inside/outside).....
     
  3. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Outside but under tarps, Manitoba Winter, 5 solid months in the coldest city on Earth with a population over 200k :( Yes, we're colder then Moscow.
     
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would add the oil to the cylinder then, Leave the plug out and rotate by hand a few times if possible before starting.
     
  5. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah I think that's how I'll start everything up this year, it just makes sense. I wonder how much damage I caused in the past, I do seem to have engine troubles often.

    Thanks, I guess when you say crank a few times you mean my pulling the cord eh? I'll do just do that, it must turn over something.
     
  6. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, In other words pull the rope/cord slowly so you don't blow the oil out of the spark plug hole before it gets worked into the ring grooves in the piston.
     
  7. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thank you.
     

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