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Starting cold mornings

Old 09-03-2006, 04:40 PM
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It isn't really that bad on my blazer, after a week of not running it I just depress and release the gas pedal and itll usually start right up, maybe have to do it a second time if its really early in the morning. I used to have an old beater mustang that would be a pain to start in the morning. If I was lucky it'd start 3rd time (after depressing the pedal too). But since I usually ride my motorcycle and might not drive the truck for as much as a week, I'm wondering what makes older cars not start up right away when it's cold after not driving for awhile?
Old 09-04-2006, 04:43 AM
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I have the same problem. I have a feeling that the fuel level drops in the carb after a while. I have a flooding problem on my '74 and I intend to overhaul the carb in the next week or so. I'll let you know if that makes a difference.
I have 3 older trucks and an '87 Caprice. I also have a company car to drive, so sometimes my trucks go a weeks without being driven.
If I started my truck every day, it would start on the first attempt.

Ahh, the suffering we have to endure, having more than one vehicle!
Old 09-04-2006, 06:59 AM
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Default RE: Starting cold mornings

well seeing as every fluid slows down when its cold - not to mention your engine block gets very rigid against the pistons.... You have to understand that the cold puts a lot of wear and tear on a motor.. fluids have a lot of resistance and its hard to get them warm and free flowing in the winter. You could buy one of those engine block warmers that plugs into a 120v socket and keeps your oil and block warm all night long.
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