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Things to do if your car has been sitting awhile?

02-12-2011, 01:53 PM
I have a 93 Vr4, this is the first witer i have had the car & let it sit for the time. It has been idle since August or so, I drove it a few times in between but nothing real drastic. I plan on doing plugs, wires, & valve covers, along with the vac. hoses. I am going to change the oil & the trans fluid as well (manual) along with the t-case. The timing belt & pump & cam & crank seals were all already done before it say. Brakes are getting replaced as well.

My main concern is the engine, since it's been sitting for so long what do I need to do as far as proper lubrication throughout the engine. Can I just change the oil & start the car and everything be ok. Or are there precautions I should take before starting it again for the first time?


02-12-2011, 10:37 PM
If you are concerned with it pull the ECI fuse and crank the engine over for a few seconds to prime the oil pump and get oil through the engine. Put the ECI fuse back in and fire it up.

Honestly. There was one time I let my car sit for almost a year, never starting it once. I walked out. Hooked the battery up and fired the car up and drove it around. You should be fine.

02-15-2011, 06:14 PM
Yeah, most people seem to think that sitting over the winter will destroy a car. I just remove the battery and put it on a battery tender. Put the battery back in come spring and she fires right up.

02-15-2011, 07:19 PM
yea you should be fine, from time to time I'll get cars that have been sitting 2-3 years, in which case I check timing and hydraulic tensioners because I have had some that have lost there tension from the hydraulic tensioners sitting and just going bad. A few months shouldn't hurt though.

Stealthee why are you not registered for ECG?

02-15-2011, 08:40 PM
Seth, I'd love to go as I haven't been there since 07, but I just don't see it happening. There is so much stuff going on at work that I am involved in, including a possible bigtime promotion and I don't want to commit to something just yet. I'm going to end up being so busy that I'm not even going to have enough time to wipe my ass.

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