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Author Topic:   Engine Oil Priming?
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posted November 29, 2004 04:44 PM  
I haven't started my 406 in close to year, so i bought a oil primer.

Right know I have Vavoline 20-50 racing oil in the engine (it's around 30 degrees), when I spin the primer the oil gauge goes to about 50 lbs.
Should the oil come up thru the pushrods to the heads?
Should I drain the oil and put something like 5w-30 to make sure it's getting all over in the engine?
I have been fogging the engine and turning it over slowly to keep the rings from rusting, but i don't want to hurt the cam when I fire up the engine.

Main question, how do you know when you have primed the engine enough to start it?

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posted November 29, 2004 05:19 PM  
If the cam is already broken in then you should be fine. If you want to be safe you could try to get it inside where you can warm it up a little then prime it and start it. I wouldnt put 5w30 in it but i guess you could go to a 15w40 or something a little lighter.
Oil should flow from all pushrods but you will have to turn the engine over a little at a time to do it. Just prime for awhile turn it over a little prime some more and so on. AFter a few minutes youshould have oil to everything. But if your primer doesnt have the bushing to fill the cavity left by the distributor you wont be able to get oil out of all of them.

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posted November 29, 2004 10:50 PM  
I wouldnt try to start it with that weight of oil when it is starting to get that cold outside. During the race season I run straight 50 weight and then before winter comes I'll either put 5w-30 or 10w-30 in it just in case I might have to fire it up for some reason. Dont want to risk scorching a bearing and risk really screwing things up.

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posted November 30, 2004 02:23 PM  
Your not going to lube the cam by priming it..not the lobes anyway,i wouldn't worry about it..the cylinders rusting is the main got that covered.

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posted December 01, 2004 09:07 AM  
If you've drained the water (since most of us can't run coolant ) and changed the oil, then fogged the cylinders and pulled the battery - just leave it alone until next season - there is no reason to be starting the car up occasionally like it sounds like you think you need to.... Just be sure to keep critters out of the engine

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