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Sianne Andrew Brown
London, London, UK   GBR
Hi there

I'm having trouble starting my 1971 MGB Roadster after being in the garage over the winter

Previously the AA have used starter spray and this worked

Could anyone please advise where I need to spray this, I have Bradex EasyStart

thank you,

Sianne

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TinyTin David Rogers
Merrimack, NH, USA   USA
1963 MG MGB "TinyTin"
If you are referring to "starter fluid"and you want to use it without taking anything apart then you would spray it into the metal tubing (that faces forward forward the radiator) that is part of the front air cleaner housing. In your photo that appears to be directly below your fuel filter in the area to the right of your radiator cap.

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MGBGM1977 Anthony Piper
Mossy Head, FL, USA   USA
Be careful with starting fluid. It can break things.

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tvrgeek Scott S
Hillsborough, North Carolinia, USA   USA
1965 MG MGB
I usually take the air cleaners off so I can get it right into the carb, not saturating the air cleaners.

Don;t breath it. It used to be ether.



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rrmgb Silver Member robert schau
Reston, VA., USA   USA
1973 MG MGB
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Welcome to the MGE Andrew!
Shouldn't need spray but carb cleaner works as good.
Is your choke working?
Have some fresh gas in the tank?
If it starts with spray, I know you have spark but is it a good spark?
Moisture under the distributor cap? A little shot of WD40 would take care of that.



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Sianne Andrew Brown
London, London, UK   GBR
thanks all, so in here?


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ClayJ Silver Member Clay Johnston
Mt. Olive, MS, USA   USA
1972 MG MGB
Use the starter spray sparingly (a company that I worked for called it "engine rebuild in a can"winking smiley, no reason to disassemble anything just spray a small amount into the coopers can intake pipe at the front as noted, the stuff evaporates quickly so in the starter shortly after spraying.

B-Series engines are usually very easy starting, sounds like something needs to be sorted out, possibly just a choke adjustment.



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mgb281 Philip Waterman
Taunton, Somerset, UK   GBR
They have either removed or reduced the amount of ether in the UK I like the sound of this, it would make me feel better even if the car didn’t start;
https://www.mgexp.com/forum/mgb-and-gt-forum.1/aussie-rules.3897358/

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ingoldsb Silver Member Terry Ingoldsby
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
1971 MG MGB
Are you sure your fuel pump is working? They tend to stick after a long period of disuse. When you first turn on the key do you hear a couple of clicks from behind the seats? The real test (careful - gasoline is flammable!) is to remove the fuel line at the carbs, point it into a container and have someone turn the key on for a few seconds to see if gasoline comes out. If it doesn't, then give the fuel pump a few whacks with the handle of a screwdriver - that usually jars it loose.

If you have gasoline, then do you have spark?

Given gas and spark, it should start (without starter fluid). Don't forget to use the choke.



Terry Ingoldsby
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Wachtmans Wouter Strodijk
OVERVEEN, Noord Holland, Netherlands   NLD
1974 MG MGB "The Bee"
1974 MG MGB "The Bee"
1974 MG MGB MkIII "The Bee"
Brake cleaner is a good very starter spray as well. And not as explosive as ether rich spray...!

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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
Most brake cleaners here are now nonflammable
Not a good option

Regular starting ether a 2 second shot
Into the carbs properly choked and checked for fuel in the bowls


In reply to # 3906922 by Wachtmans Brake cleaner is a good very starter spray as well. And not as explosive as ether rich spray...!



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roadster65 gavin vincent
Sydney, Australia   AUS
Just stick it in and pump to prime ...grinning smiley

In reply to # 3906699 by Sianne Hi there

I'm having trouble starting my 1971 MGB Roadster after being in the garage over the winter

Previously the AA have used starter spray and this worked

Could anyone please advise where I need to spray this, I have Bradex EasyStart

thank you,

Sianne


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Aridgerunner Silver Member Bill Bussler
Montoursville, PA, USA   USA
1956 MG MGA 1500 "The A"
1959 Triumph TR3A "The Mistress"
What are ya gonna "pump to prime" on a pair of SU carbs?

I too don't like the starting fluid but sometimes, when nothing else will get it going I use it. But if everything is in good order you should not need it. And everything is a very long list.

Best of luck, and welcome to the forum.

Bill

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little G Charlie T
queensland, QLD, Australia   AUS
1964 MG MGB "Little G"
I remember having to use Aerostart , the same as this shit to start a tractor occasionally...it became addicted to it basically...it eventually wouldn't start at all without it ...if I had to use this crap to start a motor as simplistic as a B then I would be looking at other areas that have an issue that is creating the problem ..
I believe it's only place is in the boot for in the event that it is needed on the side of the road at night or the like and hope it works to get you home .....to properly analyse the issues ....if you are at home now and using this stuff then you are barking up the wrong tree !

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dawvid David B
Sharon, MA, USA   USA
Andrew,

Do what Terry said in post #9. If you don't hear the fuel pump tick, you will never get it started.

It's a common cause for not starting after sitting for a while.

David



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