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Is ether OK to use?

This question is for a friend:

My car has a cold-start problem. Is it OK to use ether as a starter
fluid. I would spray it into the carbs before cranking the engine. I
have not tried this yet.
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Ether is starter fluid and yes, it would be fine to use. Just don't go crazy with it or you might not like the results. Another thing you could do, since you have carbs, is to pump the accelerator pedal ten times before starting the car.
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just don't use it on a L-jet car as it can backfire and bend the air-flow meter. On carbs you should be fine.
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Ether (starting fluid) is ok, but it is very light and has almost no lubricating qualities. In fact, if used in high quantities it can wash the oil off the cylinder walls (extreme case). So like they said, use it in moderation. You might want to try using WD-40 and see if that works instead. If it does at least there will be some lubrication.

The pumping the accelerator trick is a better idea if that works for you.

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