Here’s What You Need To Know When Starting a Car From Storage

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My grandfather’s brother won this car in a lottery during 1957. His brothers used to give him a lift inside, even though he had no driver’s license.

From 1975 to 1996, the car was parked inside my grandfather’s brother’s garage. My grandfather moved the car on the trailer in 1996 to his garage a few miles away, but it’s been standing still there until this year when I rolled it and started it up.This is the first time someone turned it on in 38 years!

Eliminate the spark plugs and squirt some oil in each cylinder. Let it sit over night.

By rotating the cooling fan, try to turn the motor by hand. When the pistons are stuck, you can stop now and require help.

See if the battery is okay. Otherwise you have to buy a new one. Inside my case, a 6 volt battery.

Replace all fluids. Brakefluid and coolant, and engine oil. Replace the oil fuel and filter filter. Drain the gas tank and the fuel lines.

Find out if the heater and coolant hoses are okay.

Check if the belts are okay.

You need to find out if the wheel bearings and brakes are okay if you are planning to drive the automobile now.

Now it’s time to try to start the car. A great idea is to buy a can of starting fluid.