Mechanics

CRANKING A CAR... AFTER 6 YEARS

1996 Acura Integra • 4 cylinder FWD Manual • 82 miles

I have recently moved back to the States after living overseas for the last 10 years. I have a '96 Integra GS-R that has been parked (inside) and basically untouched for the last 6 years. What precautions should I take before starting the engine? My main concern is regarding the crank and cam bearings. Any help is appreciated, thanks.
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Almost Tokyo
May 14, 2011.



You could pull sparkplugs and crank engine over 30 seconds or so a few times to get oil up into engine bearings.

Tiny
Fixitmr
May 14, 2011.
Should I pull the plugs so there is no compression or would disconnecting the coil have the same effect? Thanks.

Tiny
Almost Tokyo
May 15, 2011.
Pull plugs so starter does not overheat from compression resistance.

Tiny
Fixitmr
May 16, 2011.
Also increases oil pump spin speed so oil gets thru engine faster/more volume.

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Fixitmr
May 16, 2011.
Okay, I understand. Thank you. Would it be a bad idea to put a few drops of oil into each cylinder? And what about the fuel and fuel line? I used 93 octane but still it is 6 years old. Does fuel go bad?

Tiny
Almost Tokyo
May 17, 2011.
Yes I would squirt like w-d40 product into cylinders. Because it is a lubricant that is a penetrent/dispersant and also is easily combustible. How much fuel is in it? I mean ideally you should drain tank and add new. But I have added new gas to old and it was fine.

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Fixitmr
May 17, 2011.
Fuel level? Uncertain at this point. I bought a battery last week, still haven't installed it. Thanks for your help. Good ideas. I may have more questions as I try to revive my old car. Just curious, does the "donation" go directly to you or do you only get a percentage and the benefit of knowing you help people out?

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Almost Tokyo
May 17, 2011.
I think it's usually divided up unless someone specifically asks to have it all go to the specific helper. Thanks

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Fixitmr
May 18, 2011.
Hello, again. When I connected a new battery, the parking lights flash on and off for about 15 seconds before stopping - not sure what that is. I turn the ignition and get no response (no clicking, no dimming of lights). I'm thinking the starter solenoid switch, but is there a reason for the lights flashing? Thanks.

Tiny
Almost Tokyo
May 25, 2011.
Oops, unexpected problems? You can check for 12v at solenoid from key switch.

Tiny
Fixitmr
May 27, 2011.
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