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Old 07-03-2013, 03:43 AM   #1
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How do i prep an e46 prior to starting it up after 9 years in storage?

Hello fellow fanatics, would highly appreciate any suggestions on how best to prep an e46 (2000 323ci with 43,000 miles) after being in storage for 9 years?

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:48 AM   #2
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More pictures of the barn find...

with cobwebs, molds and mildew ...currently being detailed but with no attempts to start...until i compile all your tips...

May take a few more weeks until start day leaving more than enough time to do whats best before startup.

Another good reason why anyone before me was unable to start her up is because previous owner lost all keys. So soon as my name is in the pink then i can order a key.

Until then thank you so very much to all of you who made time to post and in case you have more to add please by all means...

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:53 AM   #3
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43k miles!? damnnnn

I would probably drain the oil and put in fresh oil so at least it seeps into the engine at a bit. After all of those years all of the oil is in the pan and none in the engine. Drain and refill that as well.
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:57 AM   #4
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Every fluid, battery, check all the coils and spark plugs, drain tank and refill with fresh gas, pray to Jesus.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:07 AM   #5
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I'd be far more concerned with the mold than the fluids. You'd be surprised how long all that stuff lasts.

Pull the fuel pump fuse and crank the engine over till oil pressure rises (after you've decided to flush it or not). After that you should be fine to start it.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:29 AM   #6
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You should record its first start in 9 years, I'm curious to see how it will do.

As for preparing it, I would just change the oil, fuel and fuel filter.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:52 AM   #7
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How do i prep an e46 prior to starting it up after 9 years in storage?

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You should record its first start in 9 years, I'm curious to see how it will do.
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Also check the tires, they may be in poor condition after sitting for so long. Check the intake for any obstructions like spider webs or other little animals that may have made a home there.


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Old 07-03-2013, 07:03 AM   #8
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I'd start with just getting it started!! (not driving) I would change the oil and if you can turn the engine over a good few times by hand to make sure nothing is seized etc drain fuel tank and use fresh stuff, then pull the fuel pump fuse and spin it up till the oil light goes out, reconnect the fuse and kick it in the guts!!.....when its running you'll have the enthusiasm to check all the other stuff ready for its first flight
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:06 AM   #9
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Definitely do a vid.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:40 AM   #10
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:17 AM   #11
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WOW, e46 barn find!!

there is a whole procedure for doing this with much detail
search the web and you'll find info
one step is to lube the top of the cylinders and turn the engine over by hand first
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:18 AM   #12
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Epic e46 cold start. How do you plan on cleaning that thing out. I can only imagine how much mold is growing in places you can't see. I'd strip the interior completely out to clean it.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:22 AM   #13
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But before you start the car.
First remove the spark plugs. Also remove your air filter and inspect the ducking to the TB make sure nothing lives there or any debris. Change your oil and filter. I would at least drain the ATF check fluid and refill same amount as what went out. If no issues with ATF then you can do a transmission service later on after you drove the car.Pour a bottle cap worth of oil down the spark plug holes. Re-install same old spark plugs.Then pull the fuel pump fuse and crank the engine for a good minute. Now your ready to start the car.

Why was it stored for so long?
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But before you start the car.
First remove the spark plugs. Also remove your air filter and inspect the ducking to the TB make sure nothing lives there or any debris. Change your oil and filter. I would at least drain the ATF check fluid and refill same amount as what went out. If no issues with ATF then you can do a transmission service later on after you drove the car. Pour a bottle cap worth of oil down the spark plug holes. Re-install same old spark plugs.Then pull the fuel pump fuse and crank the engine for a good minute. Now your ready to start the car.

Why was it stored for so long?
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probably going to need new struts also...the weight of the car on the strut for so long without compressing them from regular road use, messes them up.
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Good luck with it! Can't wait to see it all cleaned up
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:06 AM   #17
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You need to buy new tires. The old ones definitely have a huge flat spot and the rubber is old.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:11 AM   #18
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Just start the car. It's practically brand new
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:53 AM   #19
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Also check the tires, they may be in poor condition after sitting for so long. Check the intake for any obstructions like spider webs or other little animals that may have made a home there.


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What, check the tires? What for.............they are at least 9 years old which makes them unsafe regardless of how much tread or cosmetic appearance. It is recommended that tires be replaced after 5 or 6 years post manufacture date. Not something you need to be concerned with while the car is in the driveway, but no way am I going to do 40 or 60 mph on those tires. We are not talking about a tire going flat like from a nail, it would be a blow out most likely. At 60mph that could cause loss of control, as you know.

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:20 AM   #20
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How do i prep an e46 prior to starting it up after 9 years in storage?

The wheels will be like this:
Not very safe if you ask me
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