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Old 07-02-2008, 11:49 PM   #1
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Restarting a car after long storage

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In my "quest" to find my next 4X4 I have the following option: a father's friend of mine have stored its 1988 Jeep Cherokee with 180 000km since 2002 in its garage. He told me that the truck was running fine before he stored it. Although he mention that there is oil vapor coming from the head vent so it may leak through the
valve bushings. Otherwise the truck seems fine. I m a little bit on a budget and if the truck is cheap to buy I wonder how much should I spare in order to get it back on the road without worrying of breaking down in the middle of nowhere Have you already been trough this process before? Besides do you know a respectable mechanics for Jeep ?
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If a car was properly stored in 2002 it might be a good deal to buy (put on four blocks, spark plugs removed and cylinders sprayed with oil, fuel stabilizer added) I might consider it...

See this:

http://www.crankshaftcoalition.com/w...ge_preparation

If the cylinders are not treated there's a good chance the pistons and rings have seized in the engine. If it's been sitting on tires for 6-7 years they may also be toast, budget a new set of P265/75R16 or whatever a jeep cherokee takes.
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No way to know really, without messing about with it a bit.

Do you trust the guy about it running fine?

By oil vapor do you mean blue smoke? And by 'head vent' do you mean PCV valve? The PCV valve should be in place, and connected by a rubber hose to the throttle body of the engine. A little smoke coming from the PCV valve opening (while the valve is removed) while the engine running is normal.

Before starting it up, make sure there are no loose vacuum hoses, including the PCV valve. It is good to get some clean fuel into the tank and do an oil change (including the filter) before starting the engine. Check the coolant and top it up with water if it's a bit low. Charge the battery over night with a trickle charger, and let 'er rip. It would be normal for it to blow a little blue smoke at first, but should clean up quick if everything is normal.

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Thanks for the links: it was the obvious start!
I don't know the father of my friend, but I know my friend very well and he is the archetypal good guy. I hardly see his father trying to cheat me.
Saturday seems is forecast for rain, I ll go check it out and try to start it.
Still if you know a good jeep mechanics, I ll be glad to give him all the jobs of changing all the oils, engine fixing/tune-up checking the brakes and most likely installing a lift kit Even if I may do the later myself if I can.
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He may not be trying to cheat you but as other posts said if the car was not prepped properly you may have more problems down the road. I have heard most about things like seals and hoses deteriorating due to lack of use when the vehicle is not run periodically.
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