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What Is Starting Fluid?

Starting fluid
Starting fluid can help you start your car or truck’s engine even in extreme cold. However, you should only use it as a last resort. If you ever have to use starting fluid in your vehicle, have it inspected by a trained mechanic as soon as possible to find out what is causing it to not start.

Starting fluid is a liquid that contains ether, a highly explosive chemical. Most starting fluid comes in spray cans, and can be used (in very small amounts), to make an engine start when it’s extremely cold out, or if there is a problem with the ignition system that is keeping the engine from firing. If you have a problem with your engine that’s making it hard to start, starting fluid will only mask it. Take your vehicle to a professional automotive mechanic to have it inspected. Our Automotive Technicians will help you find and fix the problem.

When Should I Use Starting Fluid?

Starting fluid is more combustible than gasoline or diesel, and it’s also more explosive. This means that it ignites easier from a spark and generates more force to turn an engine over.

Since it is highly explosive, you should only use a very small amount of starting fluid on whatever engine you’re starting. You should also use it only as a last resort if your car or truck will not start. If your car won’t start, there are a few things you should check before using starting fluid. First, you should check to see if you have a bad battery, starter, or alternator. You may even have a frozen battery.

How do I use starting fluid?

To use it on your engine, just spray a small amount into the air intake. To do this, you’ll have to remove your air filter and spray for about two or three seconds into the intake behind it. Make sure you replace the air filter and its cover before turning the key again. Only use very small amounts of starting fluid. Using too much can damage your engine. Since starting fluid is highly explosive, the force from igniting too much of it in your engine can cause serious damage, such as cracked piston heads and bent piston rods. We always recommend visiting your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet for all your automotive needs. Our trained technicians have the skills and knowledge to help your with your vehicle.

For tips on caring for your vehicle, buying tires and more, visit our Automotive blog.

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