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Old 05-06-2011, 10:28 AM
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Starting after winter sleep

Hey guys !

Any suggestions on starting a 4th gen Lude after a bit too long winter sleep ? The fact is - I haven't moved or touched her for 8 full months. All the time she's been outside, the winter was harsh, the front of the car was under a snow pile, the temperature was down to -20 for some days/weeks.
Don't ask how could I do such a horrible thing to such a sweet piece of metal
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

Hope you put some stabil in your gas.



Change the gas - if you didn't put stabil in before letting it sit
change the oil
charge the battery
start it
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

Would it be incredibly bad starting it without oil change ?
Also what should I expect after getting it on the road ?
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

well depending on how much fuel you had in it.. it mite run for a little bit then spudder out, and clog ya fuel filter... if ya do a fuel change out, and oil change it should run, just let it idel for 3-5 mins be for driving also check the breaks... just me tho, mine sat for a year and 1/2
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

maybe run seafoam through it? works wonders on any car. just ask every single person whos everr used it
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

Seafoam won't help once the gasoline in the tank deteriorates. The oil change isn't extremely important, just something you will want to do soon, because oil will collect water and fuel over time which dilutes the ability of the oil to lubricate.

The fuel is your most important concern. Either suck as much of the old fuel out as you can and put new fuel in, or you could try putting in a couple gallons of fuel and hope the fuel in the tank will mix with it and be usable. If it isn't the car will just splutter and die, but it shouldn't do any damage to anything if it's too old to burn.
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

what you can do is if you good with electrical and have enough confidence not to catch your car on fire you can tap into your fuel pump relay and put power to it and disconnect your fuel line at the fuel rail and drain it all out but dont run the fuel pump dry idk if it would hurt it but I just wouldnt do it but deffinately put new gas in it I always ran some B-12 through it (knock off sea foam) run some through your intake after you get your car started and running it cleans everything out pretty good and check spark plugs maybe hit them with a wire wheel or some cleaner just to help the spark a little better.. I lived up in chicago forever so starting a car after the winter became a normal thing with us
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what you can do is if you good with electrical and have enough confidence not to catch your car on fire you can tap into your fuel pump relay and put power to it and disconnect your fuel line at the fuel rail and drain it all out but dont run the fuel pump dry idk if it would hurt it but I just wouldnt do it but deffinately put new gas in it I always ran some B-12 through it (knock off sea foam) run some through your intake after you get your car started and running it cleans everything out pretty good and check spark plugs maybe hit them with a wire wheel or some cleaner just to help the spark a little better.. I lived up in chicago forever so starting a car after the winter became a normal thing with us
Or instead of screwing around with wires and 40psi of pressurized fuel blasting around your engine bay, you could just, idk...suck it out of the tank? They make tubes with gand pumps for that very reason.

Seafoam is unnecessary, cleaning spark plugs is also very likely to be unnecessary unless they were dirty to start with, in which case you have other problems.
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

I was saying cleaning them would help the starting process and ya if you want to go out and spend money on it go ahead and buy a pump and hose or take a piece of wire to the relay its not that hard and it doesnt shoot everywhere if you put a container right under it ive done it plenty of times its never failed for me
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

Pump to suction gas out - $5 at Walmart. Or you could use a garden hose and your mouth.


You CAN do what you're saying and use the fuel pump to push it out. But you do need to be careful when dealing with pressurized fuel.
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

4 litres of gas, key turn, instantaneously BRRRUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Now gotta fix some unimportant things and It's on the road again. I might make a topic of mine here as well.
Other car makers can screw themselves, Honda for life.

Thanks everyone for advices. Luckily my fuel container was empty whole winter, so all I had to do - charge the battery.
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

i stopped driving my 'lude as soon as i got my STi back in August
she also sat through a VERY harsh winter with no bumper/headlights/exhaust yadda yadda yadda.

once i put the regular injectors/ECU back in, she started RIGHT up as if nothing even happened.
the brakes on the other hand were so rusted that i needed to take each caliper off and unfreeze the pads from the rotors, spin the rotors to make sure they still spun, and put it back together.

i drove her for the first time since august two weeks ago, with no bumper/headlights and open headers to get all the rust off the rotors, so needless to say my neighbors didn't like me very much
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I have a feeling they don't like you very much anyway lol
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

especially now that I leave @ 5:30am everyday for my new job, and the subby is "dumb loud" as rich told me
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Re: Starting after winter sleep

Didn't want to make a new topic, so posting in my old one.

Can anyone tell me how the 4th piece is supposed to work ? Seems like my previous turn signal set was picked up at some car graveyard and mounted horribly.
Now I bought a set of new ones (china stuff), gonna install them till I get original ones in good condition.

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EDIT: Nevermind, found where the screw goes. The thingy was broken off on the right side, so I couldn't find it the first time I looked.

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