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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-01-2018, 03:24 PM
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Re: New to FJ, Figuring out quirks

I've been informed that the ECU requires the starter to cycle the engine to lubricate the cylinders before the ignition sequence initiates. Toyota determined the slower rotation of the electric starter could pump oil to coat the cylinders and result in less long term ware than engines that fired immediately.

When your engine sits overnight, oil drips back into the reservoir inside the oil pan. A squirt of oil to each cylinder on the first cycle before ignition occurring on the next cycle is a good design IMO.
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Nope. Should crank. Sounds weird. Im 11 years 250k on 2 FJs. I am weird. I turn the key. Then listen for the cpu clicking and whirring to stop then crank. Takes like 8? Seconds. I also wont push the accelerator for a full 60 seconds after crank. Yeah. Yeah. Old helo test pilot. Crank a helo you also have to leave at idle for a full minute before running engines up to fly. 100% so. Not alot of help. Think you need to do some troubleshooting. Before it leaves you stranded
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Has mine since 09. 118k on the odo. It has always taken longer to crank than any other vehicle I've had. It's just something I got used to, and never been a problem.

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Re: New to FJ, Figuring out quirks

Yeah I too have "let off the key" too soon. I hate when that happens.

It usually does 5-7 quick cranks before starting.

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Nope. Should crank. Sounds weird. Im 11 years 250k on 2 FJs. I am weird. I turn the key. Then listen for the cpu clicking and whirring to stop then crank. Takes like 8? Seconds. I also wont push the accelerator for a full 60 seconds after crank. Yeah. Yeah. Old helo test pilot. Crank a helo you also have to leave at idle for a full minute before running engines up to fly. 100% so. Not alot of help. Think you need to do some troubleshooting. Before it leaves you stranded
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I also wait for the system to prime before firing up, and let it idle for 60 seconds to circulate the fluids. While I have never actually flown a helo, I love accurate PC simulations (DCS Huey UH-1H), and part of the manual startup is to allow time for idle to verify manifold pressure, oil, etc. Thank you for your input!

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Yep... the FJ's crank a few times more than any domestic truck I've had. My old rusted out chevy would fire up with what seemed like half a crank

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