This is one of those "Speedster Public Service" threads that bears repeating every Spring for both new and old members. I'll start with an oil pressure tip, and any others of you can add what you feel is a good Spring Start-Up tip.
If you car has been hibernating over the winter and you have not been starting it up every month, then here is the proper way to wake your sleeping beauty's engine the first time in the Spring without causing undo wear on the bearings:
- Open the engine cover and remove the center (coil) wire from the distributor.
Just move the end off to the side, safely away from the distributor and wrap a rag around the end.
- Get in the car and turn the ignition on - Both red lights should light at the bottom of the Tachometer.
- Turn the key to "Start" and hold it there to let the engine crank.
- After a few seconds, the oil light will go out (the alternator light will remain red) - This may take as much as 15+ seconds or so of cranking (mine usually takes 11 secs) and shows that you have adequate oil pressure. Doing this will insure oil has been pushed into the crankshaft bearings, preparing them for a normal start.
- When the oil light goes out, stop cranking the engine.
- Replace the center coil wire in the distributor cap. Push it on firmly.
You can now start the engine without fear of wearing the bearings, but just get it running well enough to idle on it's own and let it do that for five minutes, at least, as it begins to warm up. Once it gets warm you can go for a relaxed drive or put it back in the garage and change the oil for the season - Stuff like that. Remember that, if you're changing the oil, it's also a good time to check the valve clearance for the season, but that's a whole other tip.
Maybe others on here have their own "Spring Start-Up" Tips to share.