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  • WD-40 as a starting fluid?

    I know I am not alone when after leaving my boat sit for four or more days it takes a lot of cranking to get to turn over for the first time. Being that I have new (tight) and high compression motor it didn't take long to burn up a starter. Not wanting to use a starting fluid (afraid I would burn up a valve or something) I started carrying a squirt bottle of gas. I don't like to have a bottle of gas floating around on board but starters cost to much. Then I remembered a post a started on the fishing board about using WD-40 as a fish attractor for your lures. Well thing got carried away and people listed everything that used the stuff for. One of the post said that they used it as a starting fluid. Is this right? If it is wouldn't it be the best starting fluid of all? Its all ready pre lubed.
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    Re: WD-40 as a starting fluid?

    Hi, FSN.WD-40 USED to be a pefect starter fluid for 2 strokes, but not any more.When they replaced propane with CO-2 as the propellant all bets were off.
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    • #3
      Re: WD-40 as a starting fluid?

      I have used it (a long time ago)and it worked well. If you are just looking for something contained in a can how about carb cleaner?? It is (alittle) less volitale than starting fluid.

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      • #4
        Re: WD-40 as a starting fluid?

        water displacement fourteth attempt is a wonderful thing,, try it,, you'll like it.. i used it to start up a flooded motor,once..

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        • #5
          Re: WD-40 as a starting fluid?

          Huh???
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          • #6
            Re: WD-40 as a starting fluid?

            Where ya been JB?WD40 stands for Water Displacment and it was their 40th try makeing it when they got it right.And JB's right they removed the propane propellant. Before that it was a great "starting fluid".

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            • #7
              Re: WD-40 as a starting fluid?

              WD-40 Still Is a Great Starting Fluid...... For Diesels..!! Much Better Than Ether.....If your problem is a Dry carb.... Plumb in a primerbulb, or an eletric fuelpump....
              Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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                Re: WD-40 as a starting fluid?

                Typically dry hard starts are caused by choke problems, weak fuel pumps and/or leaking carb fuel bowls. You apparently proved this by squirting some gas in the carb. All 3 cause an overly lean fuel situation.

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