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Re: Long cranking
I'd check into the cold start system before I'd start accusing the oil.
20W-50 is specified down to 20 degrees. I have used that oil in 5-10
degree weather with no noticeable starting problems. If the engine oil
were the culprit, you'd have very low cranking speeds. More likely you
have a bad temp sensor or cold start valve.
On Wed, 4 Nov 1998 08:52:17 -0500 Raffi Tomassian
>Dear Collective Brain,
>For 3 days now, some of them humid, some of them dry, I have to crank
>engine 2-3 times for 4-5 sec. each time to get it to start. Before it
>took a second. I know it is getting colder in the midwest but I and
>('87 4kCSq) have been through 30 degree days before. After starting
>behaves just fine. (And the new front bushings are making me a
>driver. Thanks to all who suggested that.) The symptom mysteriously
>coinsides with me changing the differential oil (I am embarassed for
>writing that) with heavier stuff. I put in GL-5 85W140. This is
>On the other hand, the engine oil is Castrol GTX 20W50. It, sure, is
>The air filter is 2 1/2 mos/3000 miles old.
>Thanks appreciatively to all reading this.
Adam Nelson '85 4000S, Blaupunkt cassette, Starbucks go cup, '69 Beetle,
windows, hand held fan, '91 Vanagon, KYB Gas a Just, bug screens.
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