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Post  dirk gently on Wed May 15, 2019 10:34 pm

Hello friends,

I'm sure this is nitro engines 101 and bread and butter for most of you, but I haven't been able to find a definitive solution for this problem I'm facing.

Each time I buy a used reedie, or try to start one that has been sitting for a few weeks, the engine will only run on prime for a second or so, but will not draw any fuel from the tank. I'm fairly sure that the issue is that the reed gets gummed up with oil, as disassembling the engine cleaning the reed valve resolves the issue every time. Problem is, removing the engine from the model to take it apart and clean it is a major pain, and I find myself having to do it more often than not.

Is there any after-run engine care procedure that would help me avoid this? I am draining the tank, of course after run, burning off any fuel left over in the fuel line, and I wipe the outside of engine with a paper towel. I use a commercially available nitro fuel with 10% oil, which is, according to the manufacturer "a mixture of synthetic and castor oil" (proportions not given), plus I add enough castor to make it 20% oil overall.
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Post  aspeed on Wed May 15, 2019 11:05 pm

I am going to run one soon after many years. I will just dribble a bit of fuel into the backplate with it upside down, flip it a few times and repeat till it gives the right "sound". I will maybe have to take it apart, probably not.
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Post  Ken Cook on Wed May 15, 2019 11:19 pm

I've found removing the plug and putting about 5-10 drops of air tool oil or trans fluid into the cylinder. Make it run into the port and not out the exhaust cutouts. The problem is not only related to the reed. The pickup tube itself can get congealed and the orifice for the needle valve. Therefore removing the needle and putting a few drops in there can help. Screwing the needle in forces the oil to go into the venturi and can also prevent clogging.
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Post  pkrankow on Sat May 18, 2019 6:44 am

Spraying fuel into the reed via overfilling the tank with the vents closed and the needle open, or down the choke tube on surestarts or dribbiling up the bottom nose down with horseshoes will do a treat on engines acting gummy. Let them sit 20 or 30 minutes then flip some, top them up and try to start.

Basicly deliberately flooding, then letting evaporation clear it. This has saved many an outing.

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Post  Cox International on Mon May 27, 2019 11:16 pm

This product should prevent gumming up, even after many years of sitting idle: https://coxengines.ca/coxlube-after-run-oil.html

The not-so-subtle advertising aside, this part makes us cringe: (fuel with 10% oil, which is, according to the manufacturer "a mixture of synthetic and castor oil").

Unless you want to contribute to our parts sales, we don't recommend running a Cox engine with so little oil in the fuel mixture. Somewhere in the 18% - 22% range is recommended. Also "mixture" can be as little as 10% castor and 90% synthetic and, under that scenario, especially in conjunction with a low oil content in general, will most likely lead to premature engine failure.
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Post  dirk gently on Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:31 pm

pkrankow wrote:Spraying fuel into the reed via overfilling the tank with the vents closed and the needle open

I just tried this today and can confirm it works. The small downside is that the engine is completely flooded afterwards, but it sure beats having to take the engine out and disassemble it. Thank you for this tip.
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Post  ticomareado on Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:05 pm

Just be sure to dirk her gently when you squeeze the fuel bulb. Otherwise you might loosen up something you'd rather not.
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