You don't have to buy a new battery if it's been sitting for a year, just take it down to your local automotive shop or a friend with a battery charger and ask them to leave it on the charger overnight. The acid in the battery will cristalize over time and a good deep charging cycle will usually bring it right back. Check for a noticeable bulge in the side of the battery first though, cause that'll tell you if it's even worth trying. Secondly, you shouldn't have to do a flush-n-fill of all the fluids, but a change of oil and air filter wouldn't be a bad idea. It's a good bet on any vehicle that's been sitting for more then 2 months. Take off the air cleaner cover and check for any signs of rodents(stuffing from cushions, seeds, droppings, exct.)If there aren't any, then it should be safe to fire up. If there are, then it's a good bet that they left presents. Take off the air-cleaner and shake it. If you hear rattling, take it to your local mechanic and have him clean it out. Also, check for holes in your air filter. If there is a hole, that usually means that they made their way into the engine, in which case starting the motor would be killing it. If there is a hole in the filter, have someone who knows about cars take a look at it. If they say it looks like they got in, then have someone tow it to a repair shop. DO NOT START IT!
Friday, March 30th, 2007 AT 5:38 AM