I need to prime the carbs because it takes more than 2-3 seconds to get gas into the float bowls. It takes long enough to drain the battery. I had recently emptied the tank for restoration.greenmonster said:If you just want to start the engine, use starter. Gas will be in carbs in 2-3 secs.
If not for start, use starter w/o plugs.
If not for starting why do you want to prime the bowls?
Is the tank still empty?
The problem with starting fluid is it has has an octane rating of approximately zilch, and when used unwisely. I etherized a lawn mower once. It wasn't pretty. Go with a gasoline prime.J_C said:I just pull the air filter and dribble some gas straight down the carb throats. It's usually enough to keep it running long enough until the pump can get primed and start feeding the bowls.
The Army always preached against using ether/starting fluids. Something about it washing the oil off the cylinders or damaging the engine. I never got it but when your diesel wont start during November field exercises in Germany you did what you had to do.