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How to Start a Car That’s Been Sitting for Years

How to Start a Car That’s Been Sitting for Years

Hey guys Chrisfix here and today Im going to show you what you should do before you go to start a car that’s been sitting for a long time. And by a long time I mean the car has been sitting without being started or moved for at least 4 to 6 months, or longer. In this case I got mustang from an online auction. I’ll be turning it into drift car. The problem is I don’t know if it starts. But I do know the car has been sitting for awhile. Even though I want to see if the car will start up. Before we do that I want to go over a couple of IMPORTANT things to check so we don’t cause any damage to the engine when we go to start it. That being said the first thing to check was this key was really hard to get in and out. In is not too bad, but getting it out is a little tough. But luckily a sticking key is usually a quick and easy fix. So to fix the sticking ignition lock
we’re going to be using one of these dry lubricant sprays but instead of me just
fixing it real quick, I wanted to show you guys how a lock actually works and why it’s hard for your key to move in and out. So there are two main reasons why your key might be hard to move in and out of the lock, and the first reason is every time you put your key in your pocket you have a
chance of getting lint on the key, and then when you go use the key in your
lock you force that lint in here and it just gums things up. The other reason is, watch these pins
right here, you can see when you push the key in, the pins move out of the way and become even so that you could pop the lock open or start the car So if these pins aren’t lubricated, it
could be difficult to move the key in and out. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to spray a dry lock lube. It’s a dry lubricant that goes in wet and then
liquid evaporates and provides lubrication so the key could slide in
and out without getting hung up. So you can see how well the lubrication worked in here, now let’s go try this out in the Mustang. So make sure you roll down a window or leave a door open or something. So just shake this up. And you really don’t need a lot just a little burst. Work our key in and
let’s see; All right now that is a lot better and
that’s the first fix on our mustang. In this video I’m going to show you tons of little tips and tricks just like this and at the end of this video we’re gonna
go try to start this car and see if she runs. Cars are not meant to sit around they’re meant to be used. So when they sit around one of the biggest problems is parts get rusty and the fluids in the
engine and transmission and all that, start to break down; so with the car off the ground I’m going to show you how to get this
car ready so we could safely start the engine All right the first thing to do is get
under the hood and check the engine oil; actually, before we even do that, when a car sits animals like to make your car their new home. So they’ll build nests out of straw and
leaves which could easily catch fire with a hot engine. So take a look around and make sure you don’t see any nest from animals anywhere in the engine The other place to look is in the grill
and also down below the grill; not only for animals but leaves and
debris starts getting stuck up here, which will cause your car to overheat
when you first start it. And actually you could see right here it looks like we
have a bird of some sort actually it looks like a hummingbird
that kind of got wedged up here and stuck. (R.I.P.) So real quick just look for stuff like
this and nests from animals. So the first fluid we want to check and
probably the most important fluid to check is the engine oil, because it’s the lifeblood of your engine. Imagine if we went to start the engine
and it happens to be little to no oil in there; or if the oil is old and broken
down and provides no protection. You could cause some serious damage. And you can see here we’re VERY LOW on oil; actually I wonder if there’s even any
oil in this engine so let’s drain it and find out. I want to catch an oil sample to get
analized which could give us some useful information on the condition of the
engine. So just loosen the drain plug and drain the oil gotta catch some oil
for the sample; good. And with the oil completely drained
screw in the plug and tighten it down; not too much just so that snug. Whipe the remaining oil off and let’s remove the oil filter. Now this filter is mounted
sideways and I hate when they design it like that because it makes it a
complete mess to remove. To combat that mess, a tip I have is to
use tin foil right underneath the filter to funnel the oil as you remove the
filter. See what I mean? Look at the oil getting everywhere. But luckily the tin foil trick works pretty good. Now we can install the new filter. Remove the foil for a quick and easy cleanup and only hand tighten the filter. There’s no need to get any tighter than
that; and I always write the current mileage on the oil filter so i won’t
forget it. Now all we need to do is fill the engine
with oil. Grab a funnel and an awesome tip is to pour the oil from the
container sideways just like this. When you pour it sideways notice the oil pours out smoothly and it isn’t coming out in waves which usually makes a mess. I’m using full synthetic high mileage motor oil which is perfect for this
engine, and the stresses we’re gonna be putting it through as a drift car. Alright so checking and changing your
engine oil is probably one of the most important things you could do before
starting an engine that’s been sitting for a while. The next VERY important thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to be using some frogging oil in each of the
cylinders to lubricate the cylinder walls before we start the engine. So when an engine sits for a long time
all the oil drips down to the bottom of the drain pan; even the oil that supposed to be coating the cylinders slowly makes its way down. So the cylinders are completely dry and that’s where the fogging oil comes into play. To fog the engine, remove the spark plug
wire and then remove the spark plug. And since we have to take the spark
plugs out to fog the cylinders, now’s a good time to inspect the spark
plugs. So you want to make sure that there’s no cracks in this ceramic here if there
is you have to replace it. And you want to look at the area that in the engine
and sparks you want to make sure it’s not gummed up with oil. If it is clean it off or replace them.
And you also want to check the gap. On this Mustang that gap supposed to be .055 of an inch, so we take our gapping tool, we take our spark plug and we
gently move it across until it kind of gets stuck. And you can see it’s starting to
get stuck around .055 you want to be careful with these platinum plugs you
don’t really want to rub against them hard because you will remove the
platinum coating. The electrode here doesn’t look horrible but these are
probably the original Ford plugs so they really should be replaced but I think a
really cool video would be putting this car on the dino and testing different brand spark
plugs and seeing what makes the most power. So i’m going to wait to change
these, until then Now to fog the cylinder all you’re gonna do is go into the sparkplug hole with the spray and hold the trigger down for one or two seconds. Just like that. And what it does is it
put a thin coat of oil on the cylinder walls and piston rings because
extra lubrication is never a bad thing. *Wink, wink* Now I’m going to spray this stuff in
each cylinder so there’s four on this side for on that side and that’s going
to completely lubricate the upper combustion chamber. All right now with all the cylinders
fogged over and lubricated, we have something else that’s very
important that we need to do with any car that’s been sitting for a while. And
that is draining the gas tank old gas doesn’t burn as good as new
gas, plus old gas can clog up the fuel system so we need to remove the old gas
and add in some new gas so grab a hose and push it down until it
hits the bottom of the tank. Now grab a pump and connect the hose to the pump so you can pump out the gas. Then start pumping the gas out and have an empty gas container ready. Once the gas starts running down the
hose it’s going to create suction and pull the rest of the gas in the tank out with it so you can remove the pump. Just try not to make a mess, like me. And the key to making this work is to have
the end of the hose below the car’s gas tank like this so now we have gravity doing our work
the gasoline is getting pulled down by gravity and it’s going right into the
tank and once you remove the hand pump it’s actually a decent flow. So be sure
to have an extra gas tank just in case this one fills up. Alright
so we just ran out of gas which is good that means our tank is empty and that is
all there is to it. So we siphened the whole tank empty. There might be a little bit of gas left in there but now we’ll put some fresh gas
in there it’ll dilute any of the bad gas that’s remaining in here and it
should be good enough to start. And in this case we removed about seven to
eight gallons of gas, and you’re probably wondering okay so what do I do with all
this gas? Your local recycle center will take the gas because you don’t know
if it’s any good; or you could try running this stuff in your lawn mower
and if it runs in the lawn mower then you know the gas is still good. Now with the old gas removed and some fresh gas in the tank the last thing we want to do before we
start the engine is check the coolant. We want to check the level, which you can
see on the side here. And the coolant has to be filled to that line right there.
And then we want to open up our coolant reservoir, and use one of these hydrometers and
these are actually really inexpensive. And all you do is you put it inside the
reservoir you squeeze the bulb up here and it’ll take a sample for you. you can see our sample is brightly
colored just give it a tap make sure there’s no air bubbles. And then we want to check this temperature here, so we look here this is fahrenheit in the blue
and we’re protected to negative 35 degrees around there, and that’s exactly
where we want to be for a 50-50 mix. So a combination of bright colored coolan,t
whether it’s orange, whether it’s green, purple, whatever color coolant is you
want to be brightly colored and then you should protect the negative 34 degrees
Fahrenheit which this is so our cooling system is in good shape and I’ll wait
’till later down the road to change the coolant. After doing the coolant we’re
technically safe so we could start the engine. But before we start the engine there’s a few more things that I want to cover just to be extra safe, such as the power steering fluid right
here. The power steering fluid is really easy
to check. You see here it says minimum and maximum so it has to be between
these two lines, and it’s filled right at the top which is good. The next fluid the check is another non essential for running the engine but it’s very essential for stopping the car
if we take it for a test drive, and that’s checking the brake fluid. On the
side of the brake fluid there’s a max line right up here and there is a
minimum line right down here so you want to make sure the brake
fluid is in between both of those lines. If your brakes are worn out, your brake
fluid is going to be on the lower end. And if your brakes are brand new it’s probably going to be on the upper
end. All right this is really exciting our fluids are changed we have, fresh
fluids, fresh oil. So now we’re going to go see if we could start the car. I think the battery’s going to be dead. I charged it up but I
think it’s really bad. Yeah I got nothing, so we’re gonna go put a jump starter on the battery. Now I don’t know if you guys have ever
seen these mini jump starters, but they are great! you get the cables and then you get the
mini jump starter, check this out. That’s going to start the car. Just pop
that open, plug this in, and we’re ready to go. Black to the negative red to the
positive. All right let’s see what we got here. Come on baby startup… Oh… Come on. Come on… So I’m not gonna go to diagnose
this now. We’re not gonna go test all the different systems, but what I think it
might be a fuel pump not completely sure, so we’re going to test that theory out
with some starter fluid. So with the air box off, we’re gonna go try to start the car. And I’m going to add starter fluid. Go ‘head, start ‘er up! Aww man! That is exciting! That is what I’m talking about! The car is running! This is awesome! So right now it is literally running on
the starter fluid. Now if that doesn’t get your heart going, I don’t know what does. I am pumped so the starting fluid worked. I think the fuel pump is bad I’m gonna
go do a fuel pressure test and all that other stuff. That’s going to be in the
next video of the series on building this drift car. So stay tuned. Hopefully this video was helpful and now you know when you go to start a car that’s been sitting for a
while what you need to do so when you started
up the engine won’t get damaged. Now I need to get a fuel pump and I also need to get a battery. This thing is amazing, I love these
little jump starters.

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100 thoughts on “How to Start a Car That’s Been Sitting for Years

  1. A friend of mine back in the day use to just pull a spark plug wire off and turn it over to give it a change to run fluids before actually trying to start it.👍 Im not a car guy so i dunno lol

  2. I'm a child right and I love you videos even though my child even on kids don't even care about using drifting I do is my favorite thing I want to videos all the time amazing how to fix cars one day

  3. If you poke a hole in the oil filter and let it drain out before removing it then it makes much less of a mess

  4. Hey Chris 👋🏾 i have been following your channel since very long time nd I really like your vids it’s so helpful nd it’s amazing channel. Nd I hope you can help me, regarding my water temp gage it’s after market nd idk if it’s accurate or not , all the best for you brother 🙏

  5. New sub off ripp…. I have a problem with my mini Cooper. Over heats , so I'm thinking the head gasket bcuz some oil was in the spark plugs.. hope u can help me so I can do it myself.. any suggestions or tips. Will highly appreciate it

  6. Me: poor humming bird now who’s going to ing a song for me

    Humming bird: thank god im away from that guy

  7. No offense man but that was soo overkill.,, .. (I'm a dealer tech since the 90s, Acura master tech, ase master tech with L1) maybe if it sat for 10years and it was a Priceless classic.. Lol

  8. My uncle wants to lend me his 1967 Ford Mustang fastback but it’s been sitting since 87! In a garage, hard floor. Everything Looks fine. Just imagine leaving your car in the garage for 30 years. Any advice ? Thanks!

  9. Question for you "What if you start your car and nothing happens, just nothing, dead" what is the first thing you need to do to troubleshoot? Thank you

  10. Automobiles do not use pin tumbler locks demonstrated in the video. They use wafer locks , which are as different as they are similar.

  11. I've had my 350z sitting for 4 months now… Scared to try it after putting more trans fluid n changing it n replacing bad cats to test pipes

  12. it's also important to check the air filter and air filter housing the last thing you want to do is suck a mouse nest into your engine.

  13. Somthing i think you should of pointed out is that your car can get reliant on starter fluid as if its a drug your car can get adicted to ☺❤✌

  14. Thank you for all your videos!!! I have a 95 mustang gt 5.0 and have watched several of your videos. I enjoyed them so much I watched the rest! Keep up the good work!

  15. No no no no
    Clean the air filter, cabin filter, duct work , run an obd2 for codes while off
    Check the leads battery charge to full on trickle , desulfate it , clean and torque the plugs,check the idler pulley and A/C pulley
    Drain the oil and fill w new oil,
    Replace the fuel filter
    Blow the lines out from the sending unit to the rail with brake cleaner
    Check all connections
    Soak the injectors in sea foam by filling the lines with it marvel mystery also then prime the pump w/ key turn for a few times forward not start.
    Clean the windshield and wipers
    Check the bulbs.
    And flashers inside the car
    De sludge the transmission pan
    Check air tire pressure
    Clean off the sending unit in tank pump
    Take the trunk carpet out and wash the trunk
    Drain and filter the coolant re use it
    Put silicone grease on the plug wires and connections
    Also the battery terminals after sanding to fresh metal
    Check fuseable links
    Fuses and relays by diagram to locate all of them some are behind glove box and in dash behind ash trays
    Or under steering column

  16. I have an 05 Pontiac grand am v6 3.4 and I have a long crank but it does start. It has a new fuel pump, new spark plugs and coil packs. Idk what the problem could be. Can anyone please help me

  17. Thank you for this video, Let my Neon srt-4 sit for a year . shame on me i know. Cant wait to get it running now. Save the neons!!!!

  18. my car is standing for 2 years, will start it few days,to do list:
    drain old petrol
    drain old oil
    clean spark plugs
    drain radiator of old coolen
    then start
    (edit) new battery is needed
    bleed brakes

    am I missing any thing?

  19. Bruh….I got a 1971 z28 spilt bumper Camaro which has been sitting in my dad's backyard for like almost 20-30 years……I hope these tips help😢😢😢

  20. I don’t think the key is stuck… Mustangs have that push lever there for some reason but that’s how it is in my ‘03

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