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    Starting up engine after no use

    Hey I have a 1999 sti RA. Its a little tricked out with a few mods (ecu, intercooler etc) have had it in storage for over a year now due to my situation. Am now wanting to get it back on the road. I am a little nervous in starting the thing as im sure the seals (etc) have become a bit stiff and un-lubricated. Any tips or advice on the procedure for doing a safe start up? Maybe an additive to the oil - I don't know but if anyone has any ideas do tell...


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    Quote Originally Posted by brods123 View Post
    Hey I have a 1999 sti RA.
    DO WANT!!!

    On topic, any gas in the tank will have gone bad unless you added stabilizer. I would siphon what you can out and get fresh in there, perhaps others could suggest a fuel additive, if necessary. Personally, I would also change the oil too. Check the battery too, since that's probably dead by now.
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    See that the battery is OK.

    Check all the fluids. I'd change the oil.

    You can remove the plugs, and squirt a bit of oil into each cyl, or not; my choice in the past has been "not" but you only lose time and effort, and will generate a lot of smoke upon startup but that just adds to the fun and it won't hurt. You can even do this overnight and let it sit (on a flat motor, gravity is not helping you though; on a vee or upright inline this soaking would make more sense to me at least conceptually).

    I like to pull the ignition fuse and crank the motor. This will build up oil pressure and such without actually starting the motor, and at very low rpm. If you are extremely cautious, you can even turn over the motor manually first, using a spanner or breaker bar plus extension on the crank bolt. I use the starter instead, giving it a few jabs cautiously.

    After that, I just go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    DO WANT!!!

    On topic, any gas in the tank will have gone bad unless you added stabilizer. I would siphon what you can out and get fresh in there, perhaps others could suggest a fuel additive, if necessary. Personally, I would also change the oil too. Check the battery too, since that's probably dead by now.

    Haha cheers mate...you'll have to catch a plane over to New Zealand for that. Cheers for the advice...appreciate it.

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    Not quite on topic.. But pictures?!?!?!
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    Dont have any current pics but ill get some up.....

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    I wouldn't really worry about anything with starting it. Just crank it and go. The gas is probably still ok after a year even if you didn't treat it, but it might not run as well as with a fresh tank. You'll definitely want to change the oil and check all the fluids, tire pressure, etc. If you didn't put it on jack stands, there's a good chance the tires have flat spotted and you might hear a rhythmic thump at each revolution. It's tough to say since you didn't post where you're from.
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    Cheers bud....from Christchurch NZ. The roads here are a bit crap due to the massive earthquake we had here 6months ago. Yeah I prob will drain the gas just in case and replace the batty because that'll be shagged...trying to pre-empt any other problems that may arise.
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    Cheers mate good luck with it. And definitely post some photos when you get a chance!

    If you didn't use a battery trickle charger then yeah it'll probably be done for.
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    I hope that everything goes well after the oil change and checking fluid levels and tire pressures etc, my 22B sat there at Armstrongs in Christchurch for over a year before I went and picked it up and it definately did not run well after it initially started up but cleared up within a minute.... Have to say I was a little concerned but everything was fine. I hope you are able to keep it somewhere safe, mine is no longer in Christchurch which I am glad for because of all the earthquakes.

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    Yeah it should be interesting hopefully it goes without a hitch. And yeah it can be a bit worrying at times when a big aftershock hits and you dont know if your gonna arrive home to a pile of rubble in your garage but thats life i guess. Geez those 22B's go good, havn't seen many round here (actually havn't seen a lot of anything since feb haha)
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