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Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

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  • Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

    I've read several posts lately where some of you mentioned using Starting Fluid to get your outboards cranked. I assume you mean ether based starting fluids. Man, that is the worse stuff in the world for your engines. Its an explosive when put under compression, much like nitro-methane. If you must use something to prime you engine to get it fired then use some carb cleaner and use it sparingly.


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    Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

    Pre-mix is even better. Put it in a spray bottle.

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    • #3
      Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

      Starter fluids will wash away the lubrication on the cylinder walls and rings. It will / could cause metal galling along with it's explosive capabilities. I fully agree with MG use pre-mix in a spray bottle works fine. (Better yet keep the motor tuned and use nothing extra!)Bob
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      • #4
        Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

        good ole nitro .................... ever seen what happens to a spark plug when it is not titened enoght? thats real cool ether is ok sometimes...... like when killing beetles
        Mes amis nous allons quelque part dont tout
        le monde
        Se rappelle d'un endroit ou l'herbe etait
        toujours verte
        Et la fete ne s'arretait jamais
        A autour du rocher

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        • #5
          Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

          Please tell me what spray bottle will hold up with gas in it? Everything now is made of cheapo plastic and it deforms and melts with time.Also, my boat is in perfect tune, but it is just a crappy design. Sometimes it starts instantly, others, it requires throttle and choking. If is doesnt start in two tries, it gests a short blast.As long as you dont give it a 1 minute shot, you are fine.Ken

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          • #6
            Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

            Howdy, Ken.Use the spray bottle to get your engine started or to troubleshoot a starting/powerloss problem. Then empty it. Don't store fuel in it.I think it is a very bad idea to advise anyone that ether based, no-lube starting fluid can be safely used in 2 strokes, inluding oil injected and DFI 2 strokes.You may get away with it, but you know and accept the risk.Good luck.
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            • #7
              Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

              I'm with Walker.I've been around gas engines all my life, and there is always a reason why a properly engineered engine will not start easily, and it is not because the engineer forgot to install an ether injection system. Starting problems are usually, but not always associated with fuel issues. There is always a way to fix a hard starting engine that does not include starter fluid. Always.If necessary, get a little metal pump oil can for $3 from the hardware store and put pre-mix in it while you are fixing the problem.Starter fluid is not good on any gas engine, and especially bad on 2 cycle engines.John

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              • #8
                Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

                I know pre-mix in a bottle is the best way but how bad is a shot of WD-40?

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                • #9
                  Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

                  WV 30 has lube in it DUE!
                  Mes amis nous allons quelque part dont tout
                  le monde
                  Se rappelle d'un endroit ou l'herbe etait
                  toujours verte
                  Et la fete ne s'arretait jamais
                  A autour du rocher

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                  • #10
                    Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

                    Good question, Slo-Boat.WD-40 used to be the perfect starter or troubleshooting fluid for outboards. That was when it was a good penetrating oil and other petro-distillates propelled by propane. Propane is a wonderful engine fuel.About a year ago they discontinued the propane and now propel it with CO2. That makes it a better fire extinguisher than starter.Look at the label. If it says "EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE!" it is the old stuff. If it merely says "flammable" it is the new stuff.Cheers.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

                      And if you find a couple cases of the old stuff, buyit and let us know where to send for our share.......WD-40 also used to contain herring oil, hence it's reputation for being a fish attractor. Kev_Alask***

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                      • #12
                        Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

                        Ohhh Sloopy due! you need to be fryin up some beetles! good for labor day picinix

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                        • #13
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                          Just finnished off my last gallon of the 'old' stuff...looking for more <sigh>

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                            JBHave bought my WD-40 in 1 gallon cans the last few years. The first one came with a refillable plastic spray bottle. Do you know if the formullation has changed for the 1 gallon cans? Picked up a new one and the can is just like one I saved from 4 years ago...both have 'combustible' printed on the label...not 'flammable' or 'highly flammable'Seems to work for starting my tractor engine.

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                              Re: Starting Fluid is BAD BAD

                              Howdy, Slow_boat.The WD-40 sold by the gallon has no propellant in it at all. Only the spray cans had propane and now have CO2.I don't think the formula for the liquid has changed.Good luck.
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