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Old 14 Jun 2004, 01:37 pm
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Default running Civic that hasn't run for years

I have a friend who has been given a hand me down '87 Civic Si. It has not
been driven or ran for years. No one put oil in the spark plug holes for
proper storage of the engine. What can be done to minimize damage and the
effects of sitting like this before it is started?

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Old 14 Jun 2004, 03:27 pm
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Fresh oil change, fresh battery, pull the plugs and squirt oil in the
cylinders and turn the engine over for about ten seconds with no plugs
in it. Replace the plugs, PRAY, and see what happens.
Good Luck! Keep in touch. bob

Aron wrote:
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> I have a friend who has been given a hand me down '87 Civic Si. It has not
> been driven or ran for years. No one put oil in the spark plug holes for
> proper storage of the engine. What can be done to minimize damage and the
> effects of sitting like this before it is started?
>
> thanks,
> Aron

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Old 14 Jun 2004, 03:32 pm
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"Aron" <drenkav1912@earthlink.ten> wrote in message
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> I have a friend who has been given a hand me down '87 Civic Si. It has not
> been driven or ran for years. No one put oil in the spark plug holes for
> proper storage of the engine. What can be done to minimize damage and the
> effects of sitting like this before it is started?
>


I don't know a whole hell of a lot about engines, but I'd suggest that you pour
some oil in each plug hole, with the battery and spark plug wires disconnected.
Then turn the engine a few times by hand to get the oil worked in.

I guess when you start it, it'll smoke a lot, but once the oil all burns off you
should be OK.
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Bullwinkle Jones.


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Old 14 Jun 2004, 04:20 pm
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Default Re: running Civic that hasn't run for years

I would let the oil set in the cylinders at least overnight to free up the
rings more before cranking the engine over by hand.

Do a fresh oil change before cranking the engine over.


Chris



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> "Aron" <drenkav1912@earthlink.ten> wrote in message
> news:gfmzc.9339$Y3.8309@newsread2.news.atl.earthli nk.net...
> > I have a friend who has been given a hand me down '87 Civic Si. It has

not
> > been driven or ran for years. No one put oil in the spark plug holes

for
> > proper storage of the engine. What can be done to minimize damage and

the
> > effects of sitting like this before it is started?
> >

>
> I don't know a whole hell of a lot about engines, but I'd suggest that you

pour
> some oil in each plug hole, with the battery and spark plug wires

disconnected.
> Then turn the engine a few times by hand to get the oil worked in.
>
> I guess when you start it, it'll smoke a lot, but once the oil all burns

off you
> should be OK.
> --
> Bullwinkle Jones.
>
>



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Old 14 Jun 2004, 05:38 pm
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N.E.Ohio Bob wrote:
> Fresh oil change, fresh battery, pull the plugs and squirt oil in the
> cylinders and turn the engine over for about ten seconds with no plugs
> in it. Replace the plugs, PRAY, and see what happens.
> Good Luck! Keep in touch. bob
>
> Aron wrote:
>>
>> I have a friend who has been given a hand me down '87 Civic Si. It
>> has not been driven or ran for years. No one put oil in the spark
>> plug holes for proper storage of the engine. What can be done to
>> minimize damage and the effects of sitting like this before it is
>> started?
>>
>> thanks,
>> Aron


It may be more beneficial to use some lightweight hydraulic tool oil (low
viscosity, will seep in a little better). That is what I used to use to put
away my motorcycle for the winter.


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