I've got a 1994 Camaro 6-cyl. which has been parked for more than a year,
with no prep done. The battery was removed about five months ago, but other
than that, it is exactly as it was parked the last time it was driven, in
I've got a new battery for it. But what should I do to get it ready to run?
And IF it starts now, as is, without any prep, do I risk anything driving it
three miles to my mechanic's?
Actually, you might also want to make sure you put in a litre (quart) of
Lucas Oil Stabilizer in that first IMMEDIATE oil change...make the next oil
change within a few hundred miles, to be sure that ALL of the crap that may
have accumulated in the pan is gone.
The Lucas will change the viscosity of the oil and it'll not only run
better, but seems to also take more of the blow-by accumulations out of the
oil when you do your oil changes...or it simply runs better and doesn't
accumulate as much crap in the oil...either way, it does seem to work quite
well. I've been using it in my Camaro, my bike, pappy's cars, for several
years now. Good schtuph!
ALSO, you might want to toss in a little fuel stabilizer...probably won't
help if the gas is that old, but it certainly can't hurt! A little gas line
antifreeze won't hurt either, just in case there's accumulated moisture in
the fuel system, as that will make the moisture burn off quicker as the
alcohol in the gas line antifreeze absorbs the moisture and allows it to
flow WITH the gas, instead of REPLACING the gas...
Anyway, that's my two cents...do what you will. d:^D
I would suggest greasing all the lubrication points. This will
squeeze fresh grease into the wear areas. Change the oil, I wouldn't
even start it before I did this. Check everything, tire pressure,
transmission fluid, coolant, brakes.
If you are only going three miles to your mechanic, I would just
change the oil & filter first. Check everything then you could have
him grease it for you. After running a few tanks of gas through it
have the gas line filter changed. A year could have put some rust in
the tank that may clog up the filter.
Note: The EASIEST way to know if your fuel filter is plugged with rust or
other debris is to punch it on a nice stretch of open highway. If it climbs
as usual and starts to bog, or suddenly loses all power after a few seconds,
that's a sure sign that your fuel filter's in desperate need of replacement.
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