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post #1 of 5 Old 01-03-2018, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Procedure to start car that has been sitting for a month?

I have a 96 "backup" Accord that only gets driven once every three or four weeks. I keep a "smart' trickle charger on the battery.

My procedure

1. Remove fuse 13 (ECU) from under the hood
2. Crank the engine for 10 seconds. Wait a couple of minutes (to make sure not to overheat the starter). Repeat this two more times to build up oil pressure.
3. Replace fuse 13 and start the car

Is there a better procedure to avoid a "dry start"?
or is it overkill to do this if I run the car every 3 weeks or so? If overkill, how many weeks or months of not running the car before a procedure to avoid a dry start is warranted?

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-03-2018, 09:09 AM
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Sounds like overkill to me. Just removing the negative battery cable and putting it back on before driving the car would be enough I'd think. I've never done anything special to start a car that's been sitting for over a month. Maybe I'm just a barbarian, I dunno.

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I'd agree with enne.

The fact that you state it is a "backup" car and that you're worried about dry starts is like sort of worrying about damaging a car you hardly ever use..and, if you hardly use it then you're not starting it that often anyway(which, if you did, would probably contribute more to wear & tear than what you're currently worried about)...nome sain?

I've also heard of the pre-oilers that different manufacturers make(like Amsoil)that help with this problem, but, they're expensive...and on a '96 backup that something you should really care about?
Obviously, that's your call...but, if I was in your shoes, I would not.

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Yeah, leave everything connected and just start it.

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Leave everything connected and on the trickle charger so that it is ready to go.

Easy-peasy !


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