Before starting a vehicle that has been in long-term storage, check the vehicle for leaks, replace the fluids and squirt oil into each of the cylinders. Charge or replace the battery and start the car. The process requires a couple of days.Continue Reading
Look under the vehicle for any signs of leaks. If you find spots of fluids, repair them before proceeding to start the car.
Change the oil and hydraulic fluids. Flush the radiator and add a fresh mix of 50/50 coolant and water to the radiator. Add fresh gasoline to the fuel tank.
Mark the spark plug wires and remove them. Remove the spark plugs and add a squirt of oil to each cylinder. Allow the oil to sit overnight. Place a socket on the large nut at the front of the engine and turn it slowly to distribute the oil. Replace the spark plugs and wires.
Charge the battery. If it does not hold a charge, replace it. Clean the battery terminals and connect the leads.
If the vehicle is in a garage, open the door to provide ventilation. Start the car and allow it to come to operating temperature. Avoid pressing the accelerator to increase idle speed. Make sure the thermostat opens and the upper radiator hose gets warm. Test the brakes and transmission before taking the car on the road.
A leak detection pump in an automobile identifies fuel system leaks that may affect vehicle performance and harm the environment. It does so by pumping air into the fuel tank and charcoal canister so that the engine control module (ECM) can measure the system's pressure decay. Leaks are the most common cause of "check engine" light activations.Full Answer >
Some causes of vehicle oil leaks are worn or improperly installed oil filters, broken oil pan seals and loose timing cover seals. A drain plug with worn threads can also cause oil leaks. Another common cause of oil leaks is a cracked, degraded or loose valve or oil pan gasket.Full Answer >
To undercoat your car with oil, raise the vehicle above the ground level to access its underside from the front end, clean the undercarriage, wheels and fenders with water, and spray motor oil on the undercarriage using a sprayer attached to a compressor. Spray the underside of the vehicle's rear end in a similar fashion.Full Answer >
A vehicle smokes when it has an oil leak, a clogged carburettor, a leak in the coolant system or is in danger of overheating. Smoke coming from the engine or the exhaust pipe is an indication there is a problem under the hood and the vehicle needs to be serviced immediately.Full Answer >