Service of idle car

Tiny
MARVTROE
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  • 1994 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 34,000 MILES
Just bought a ford escort. 34,000 miles. Really. It's been sitting in a barn for a few years. It did start on first try and runs smooth. Anything special I need to do to engine before running it? Thanks
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Thursday, February 24th, 2011 AT 1:57 PM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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I do not know that vehicle well,

Bought similar vehicles (steals!)

I always Change Every Fluid in any "New To Me" Vehicle, As if it had belonged to someone, who never heard the word "Maintenance", regardless of who it was, or what they said! They no longer are responsible for it!

Besides, looking in many Repair manuals, they give you a Mileage OR Time Frame, for many fluids. Ex 3000 miles or 3 Months

I suction or drain everything to the best of my ability and change filters (tranny if possible). Therefore, any "Problem Fluid Issue" would be my fault totally!

Just for the Moon being in the Sky and Erosion Constantly devouring the Earth. If it's got a timing belt, It may have 34,000 miles, but its OLD, REPLACE IT. It will fail you, in the worst situation! In Some Vehicles, this will "Shell Out" Pistons and Valves.. Like when you are on your way to a wedding or almost amputate your finger with a saw!

Park on surfaces, that you can watch for leaks. Seals are old, and have been idle!

If at all possible, lose the old fuel, or at least fill it full to dilute old stuff, and maybe throw some Injector cleaner in the mix.

Insure tires are serviceable, and ACTUALLY HANDS ON AND EYBALL THEM "BRAKE SHOES/ PADS/ OTHER BRAKE COMPONENTS---They have been sitting and may have "Seized". Its normal to have a temporary squeak, from surface rust on the drums or discs

I always give a Newcomer, at least One Oil Change's Worth of Around Town Driving, before Venturing too far off!

Keep me posted on your find!

The Medic
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