Easier Starting with Dad's Old Habit
courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man
I enjoy reading your helpful articles in the Stretcher. It is generous of you to donate your time and expertise like that. I've picked up a habit from my father, which may or may not be good for my car. We always rev the engine before turning it off. Is this good/bad/indifferent for the auto?
When I asked Dad why he does this, he muttered something about leaving some gas in the car for easier starting? We both drive older cars ('81 Mazda GLC wagon and '86 Hyundai sedan). Thanks for your help.
That trick only used to work on older carb cars, not fuel injected ones. That little extra push on the pedal would pump a little more fuel in the bowl for next time. Now with modern fuel injected cars, once you turn the key, the electric fuel pump will prime the system for you.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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