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Old 07-03-2013, 11:25 AM   #21
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oh no....here we go....
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:45 AM   #22
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:52 AM   #23
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How do i prep an e46 prior to starting it up after 9 years in storage?

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:02 PM   #24
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:05 PM   #25
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You've got a lot to do...battery for starters, then drive it to the nearest shop if you even can and get all the fluids changed.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:09 PM   #26
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Then get your vroom vroom on and drive at WOT
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:16 PM   #28
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:30 PM   #29
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One of the most important things I cant believe no one has mentioned is check all the wiring you can fine to make sure nothing has chewed it up and shorted it out. Starting a car with a bunch of gnarly wires can cause massive damage and potential fire.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:46 PM   #30
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and brake flush/fill at a minimum. May even want to pull the calipers and disassemble them. Brake fluid absorbs water which corrodes the **** out of everything. If 5 spd, same with clutch lines. Those things could be corroded solid.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:30 PM   #31
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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.
This is the best tip in this thread. Personally I'd do this after changing the oil. Check coolant levels, run the ac, and of course monitor the cooling system temps. At some point, you'll put fresh gas into it. Take a video!!!
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Start with a new serpentine belt!

But, in all honesty > Most if not all of the rubber O-rings & seals are weakened/deteriorated. I would be very considered. You got a lot of work ahead of you.
Need to drain ALL fluids and replace Before attempting to start it.

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with cobwebs, molds and mildewly ...currently being detailed but with no attempts to starting...
just noticed the pic now. wow that thing needs to be attacked with steam. several passes. more pics please! was it sitting out in the sun??
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just noticed the pic now. wow that thing needs to be attacked with steam. several passes. more pics please! was it sitting out in the sun??
Unfortunately that car will be an asthmatics nightmare unless every bit of the interior was replaced. Been there done that with other cars. You cannot get rid of the mold; it will always linger.
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Unfortunately that car will be an asthmatics nightmare unless every bit of the interior was replaced. Been there done that with other cars. You cannot get rid of the mold; it will always linger.
Well that sucks. I would steam/shampoo the sh!t out of it then let it sit in the sun for a couple days with the windows down.
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I love how Mango didn't mention anything about cooling system here, haha.
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I love how Mango didn't mention anything about cooling system here, haha.
I figure at this point, it's a given. If OP starts mentioning mods, filterz, intakez, stancing, popping, pants sagging, etc., then I'll bring up the cooling system.
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It's probably literally worth hiring someone to professionally clean the car, and then ozone it. Like no joke, I would definitely do that if my car got that gunky after sitting for so long.
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I think OP may have been in prison for 9 years.
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