Drain sump oil and refill with fresh of correct grade and a new filter-
filled with as much oil as you can without it running down your arm etc...
Plugs out, tablespoon of fresh oil into cylinders, disconnect coil pack and
pull fuel pump fuse, then with a fresh fully charged battery spin the engine
over on the starter until oil pressure warning lamp extinguishes.
Install plugs, fuse and coil pack multiplug, allow engine to start and
remain at idle for 2-3 minutes.
Clutch may be stuck to flywheel, brakes may also be seized, so be ready for
this if its been stored with handbrake applied. If clutch is stuck, allow
engine to get nicely hot, push car to open ground and start in 1st gear.
Acouple of fierce on-off-on of power with the pedal depressed will usually
Beware the tyres may have flat spotted / decayed so check very carefully
before you do any high speed driving.
First make sure the engine will turn before engaging starter. You don't say
if it's an automatic or manual. If the latter, try leaving it in 5th gear
and loosen the nuts on one front wheel, then jack it up, remove wheel then
replace nuts and try turning wheel by prying on the studs against the nuts
(not the threads).
If it's an automatic, the only way to turn the engine is by torquing the
crankshaft. I don't have a Zetec so can't tell you what the best way is to
I agree with Tim that squirting oil down the spark plug holes is a good idea
regardless of whether the engine turns, but if it doesn't you will want
penetrating oil rather than engine oil. But it can be seized for reasons
other than the cylinders (for example water pump).
I suspect it won't be too hard to start once it turns over. A tank of gas
with cleaner in it should clean it out, but then you want to check for leaks
after driving for a while. And as Tim said, be suspicious of the brakes.
Probably not a bad idea to have them examined.
Once it's running, go talk to your dealer about the recalls pending on it.
They're not a big deal, but should be done. Good luck and enjoy your brand
new 2000 Focus.
Seems like a lot of work to see if the engine is seized or not. Just bump
the starter. If it doesn't turn over, it doesn't really matter if you burn
out the starter in the process...
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You can easily break a tooth on the flywheel, or force the engine to turn
when one piston ring is binding and damage a piston or cylinder wall. If the
engine is seized there are lots of things you can do. One is disconnect all
belts to see if an accessory is binding. Two is soak the cylinders in
penetrating oil. For someone to follow your advice could be unnecessarily
Hood/Bonnet, both words used to describe a piece of clothing worn to
cover your head. Now think about the function of the bonnet or hood on
Trunk is obvious in the early days of motor vehicles the trunk was not
integrated into the main body work it was just that a trunk strapped
onto the back end of the car. Boot ISTR is a term used in connection
with the forerunner to cars, the horse and coach and was just
transferred to the new vehicle.
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