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'[OT]:: Reawakening from automotive deep sleep'
I have just woken up a car which has sat outside nonoperating for 6 months
to a year. ie was last on road 1+ years ago and may have been started but
not driven 6 months ago.
(Auto gearbox is out of action so immobile - about to replace)
Worst case weather would have been wet but a few degrees C above zero.
Any thoughts on desirability of any getting going actions if aim is best
chance of being useful in future?
Change oil / what me worry?
Recharged battery overnight.
2 seconds cranking or so and away it goes.
Very good, so far.
Nothing was done to prepare it for its sleep. No oil in bores etc. Just
turned off and left
Check fluid levels, observing liquid color/viscosity, etc. In particular for evidence of water in oil. If everything has been tight, all caps on securely, probably will run right off, but run only briefly, and check fluids again. If it's a 1996 or later should be OBDII and if something is out of spec, should set the check engine light, in which case, scan the codes and determine the fault. What's wrong with the gearbox? How is it's fluid and if it has an internal oil filter, is it blocked. Recently son-in-law had a 6 year old auto transmission oil pan rust a hole. They installed new pan, and filled oil. I think it's still running fine.
On 11/13/2011 8:45 PM, RussellMc wrote:
If aim is "best chance of being useful" in the future then as you have
suggested the oil and fuel should be changed, radiator flushed, plus
transmission fluids changed, brake and clutch fluids replaced.
However, I would just change the oil after a bit of a drive (20kms)
once it is mobile.
I accept some condensation in engine and oil change history may be
suspect therefore oil should be replaced, and I accept moisture may
condense in the fuel tank (which it is doing all the time anyway) but
i can not see this doing any engine damage.
I have stripped engines that have been sitting for some time (years)
and I have always been amased how little if any signs of corrosion are
On 14 November 2011 09:45, RussellMc <gmail.com> wrote: apptechnz
|I have just woken a 1957 Morris Minor, sitting outside but covered for 13 years. Drained fuel tank, flushed a couple of time with a few litres of petrol. Think at the time we probably put some diesel/oil in it to inhibit rust. Checked carburettor, was very good in this case, but on a motor bike once I found the aluminum all white and flakey and half filling the bowl. Blew out fuel line with compressed air, as there was an obstruction between fuel pump and carb. Points looked like new but were oxidised - took a surprising amount of sanding before they had electrical contact. Probably also had CRC/WD40/engline oil sprayed into intake manifold at time of moth-balling. Got motor started on fresh fuel poured into fuel bowl first, then got fuel system running. Spluttered into life, ran on 3 cylinders for the first 10 mins or so, then the 4th joined in (probably a stuck valve). Oil looks good. Water looks good. Ammeter was pointing backwards, so swapped the battery around (had forgotten it is a positive earth vehicle). Rear drum brakes were locked and took a bit of convincing to free up, not sure what could be done to prepare them for long term storage.
On 14 Nov 2011 at 14:45, RussellMc wrote:
On Monday, November 14, 2011 2:45 PM, "RussellMc" wrote:
> I have just woken up a car which has sat outside nonoperating for 6
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As others have said re: fluids. Also, since it's been outside, check for animals/insects/etc making a home in critical places.
Just did this yesterday with my Shelby Cobra replica after 9 months of sitting around. And that was about a year since previous drive. Technically, this car has been getting an oil change every 5 miles or so.
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At 08:45 PM 11/13/2011, you wrote:
>I have just woken up a car which has sat outside nonoperating for 6 months
>to a year. ie was last on road 1+ years ago and may have been started but
>not driven 6 months ago.
>(Auto gearbox is out of action so immobile - about to replace)
>Worst case weather would have been wet but a few degrees C above zero.
>Any thoughts on desirability of any getting going actions if aim is best
>chance of being useful in future?
> Change oil / what me worry?
How do the (brake) rotors look? Tires may be thumpy for a while.
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> Technically, this car has been getting an oil change every 5 miles or
Way back when petroleum was too cheap to meter [tm] I has an Austin
A70 pickup that was seriously dead but that ran OK.
View looking back was not too bad but, I was told, view from behind
was obscured by thin blueish smoke cloud.
Checking the oil level at every petrol fill was advisable and carrying
a half (imperial) gallon bottle of oil was wise.
Even then it may have come close to costing more in running costs for
oil than for petrol :-). You could definitely measure oil consumption
On 14 November 2011 17:24, RussellMc <gmail.com> wrote: apptechnz
>> Technically, this car has been getting an oil change every 5 miles or
> Way back when petroleum was too cheap to meter [tm] I has an Austin
> A70 pickup that was seriously dead but that ran OK.
> View looking back was not too bad but, I was told, view from behind
> was obscured by thin blueish smoke cloud.
> Checking the oil level at every petrol fill was advisable and carrying
> a half (imperial) gallon bottle of oil was wise.
> Even then it may have come close to costing more in running costs for
> oil than for petrol :-). You could definitely measure oil consumption
> in mpg.
I did a similar trip in my first mini. Auckland to Kaitaia & back.
Stopped every 100km for oil and every other stop for petrol as well.
When I got back to Auckland I lifted the head and found 2 pistons were
starting to come apart.
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