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Post# 989753   4/7/2018 at 11:38 by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        

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Will have two Frigidaire washers by next week. One is a 62-63 Imperial that needs a new pulsator and rings and cap, the other is 1968 Jet action in really good shape. With all the restoration going on in AW is there a proper procedure for starting up a machine that has been sitting idle for who knows how long. I am anxious about getting the Jet Action one running as soon as possible, but want to start out right. Any information for this would greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Post# 989755 , Reply# 1   4/7/2018 at 11:51 by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
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The Ď68 should start up fine but Robert is a big fan of filling the pump with hot water first ,he feels that frees it up. I donít bother as the seal is the seal is the seal.

On the Ď62 Id make sure that tranny has not lost any oil. Youíll see oil inside the cabinet if she did , if there isnít any then Iíd turn the tranny manually several times. Ive seen belts harden up and when you start the motor it stalls and throws the safety out. You want to avoid stalling out an older motor. Once you know itís running Id let it agitate to a warm state then Id change that oil pronto!

Royal Purple is a nice nondetergent oil I use it in my machines. 70 weight

Post# 989756 , Reply# 2   4/7/2018 at 11:58 by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        
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A big THANK YOU for that information. Where do I get that type of oil, and for the non tech type like me, is there a procedure for changing the oil. I have the Tech Talk manual for the 62-63 Imperial, but can't find any information on oil changes. Help in this area needed. Thank you

Post# 989758 , Reply# 3   4/7/2018 at 12:03 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Tommy, have a look at some of my older threads and you'll have a darn good idea of what NOT to do... LOL 


Seriously, I have learned the hard way over the years that a good visual check is step one.  Look for broken or crunchy hoses and power cables.  If you can take the back off of the machine, do it.  Make sure everything is connected.  Hoses that seem hardened may still contain water but you'll probably want to replace them at some point.  


I also check the power supply cord carefully.  I've not had too many machines where the original one is still good and even when they have appeared OK, the insulation had dried and crumbled badly.  


I prefer to attempt a dry test before I put water into a machine, just to be sure that if water does get into it, water can be spun and pumped out!   Before powering the machine up, though, try to spin the motor and pump pulleys by hand to be sure nothing has seized up.  


I know there are probably more things to check and others will add to the checklist.  



Post# 989763 , Reply# 4   4/7/2018 at 12:45 by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Royal Purple

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Is available at most auto stores, it comes in 100 wt and 70 wt. you want 70 for these trannyís, my ď57ís love me for it !!


Post# 989790 , Reply# 5   4/7/2018 at 16:14 by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        
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Thank you so much Paul, Jon, Charles for the great advice. Will do as you have instructed. Thank you again. Will happily send pics of the machines when they as in and cleaned up. Tommy

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