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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Apr-25-2018, 03:30:07 AM   #1
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Default First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

Hey all, so Chicago decided to extend winter and long story short my m3 has been in the garage dorment for 6 months. Weather has finally started to feel like spring and this weekend Im pulling her out. So first off Im doing my oil change and am wondering if I should just do it before Its first start up or If I should drive it and do it warm, like normal procedure??

But more importantly Im worried about a dry cold start. Its been 6 months so everything is probably completely dry. I donít plan to buy a pre oiler, but am wondering what I can do if anything to avoid all that wear. Yes I know you will all think Im f***ed in the head but I had an idea of pulling fuel pump fuse and just cranking it, therefore oil squirters will do their job no? Then starting? Is this a good idea or no?

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Default Re: First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

If you want to go down that road, pull the plugs and throw a bit of oil in each cylinder. Remove the valve cover and pour a bit of oil over the valvetrain. Crank the engine by hand a few times. Then you can start it normally.

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Default Re: First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

I hope you didnt store it with used oil.. anyway, I would just change the oil and start it up.
U can pull the plugs abd spray fogging oil spray.. but I dont think its completely dry like you might think. Some oil lingers for a very long time.
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Default Re: First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

Yeah you should be changing the oil before storing it, not after. I’m in Syracuse so I feel your pain, might actually get to drive it this weekend!
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Default Re: First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

I went close to six months too in Boston. Just quickly turned the key a few times so it cranked without having time to fire to oil it up. Then I would have started it up -- but that was enough to kill what was left of the battery, so went to buy another one in my other car and then fired it up.
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Default Re: First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

Also in Boston. Mines was sitting about 5 months with the battery out on a tender. I popped the battery back in and started it on first crank and everything was fine.
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Default Re: First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

Mine sits with a battery tender under a cover for 5 months a year and it always starts first crank.
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Default Re: First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

Track car sat for six months with old oil in it. Rebuilt injectors, so just waited for the fuel pump to get rid of the air, then cranked it right up.
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Default Re: First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

Not worried about it starting, battery has been out of car on tender. I may spray some fogging oil down spark plug wells. But to the original question, isnít just cranking with no start a sufficient way of oiling the engine prior to start?! It does have oil squirters throughout.

And Im not trying to start another thread about the before vs. after oil change. I put a lot of thought into it and decided after is best for me. My oil has not even 2k miles on it. Iíd rather start the season with fresh oil rather than oil that has been in the pan for 6 months already.
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Default Re: First start in half a year, pull fuel pump fuse and let it crank first?

Oil will still be everywhere. I used to crank if every time because I left it for 8 months the last 5 years. I stopped doing this now. No need to worry. Just start it, Maybe crank it once but dont bother waiting for oil pressure.
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