1998 Mercury Tracer STARTING LONG DORMANT ENGINE

Tiny
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1998 Mercury Tracer 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 38000? Miles

This engine is from junkyard. Hasn't been run in a couple of years. What should I do before installing and/or starting, or trying to start it. Thanks for your reply!
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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 AT 6:45 PM

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Hello and thanks for donating

Disconnect the wire going from the coil to the distributer cap, turn the engine over for about 30 seconds, then reconnect the coil wire. This will get oil to all parts of the engine before the stress of the engine running is exerted. Do not crank the engine for longer than 30 seconds at a time, and always let the starter rest for 2 minutes after each cranking. If the engine is carbeurated, remove the air cleaner and pour a small amount of gasoline down the carb throat. If it is fuel injected, buy a can of starting fluid and spray a small amount into the air intake.

Be patient. Avoid cranking the engine for prolonged peroids of time, do not pump the gas pedal, and always let the starter motor rest for at least two minutes after any cranking over 10 seconds. Have a second car connected to the car you are trying to start, with the engine running. Connect the positive jumper cable to the positive terminals on each battery. Connect the negative jumper cable to the block of the engine that you are trying to start, and to the negative terminal on the battery of the car that is running. Allow the battery on the car that is to be started to charge for about 5 minutes prior to cranking the engine. Rev the engine of the second car up slightly, to engage the alternator.
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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 AT 7:23 PM
Tiny
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Will I need to put any kind of oil into the cylinders. Could there be stuck rings? Before I install the engine into the car, should I remove the head to check the inside? Thanks for your reply!
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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 AT 8:53 PM
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Can you turn the motor by hand? Use some RED X or other good lube down each bore, leave at least overnight, and then spin the engine over without plugs in ( put a peice of rag over the plug holes to catch the lube) it helps free up the rings, then, plugs in do it again.
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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 AT 9:11 PM

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