Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 09:51:21 +0000
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: starting engine

Keith Aspinall wrote: > Can anyone help? > I own a 1988 Saab Carlson 16valve turbo car. I have owned this car since it > was three years old. unfortunately due to finances I have not been able to > afford to run it. I have now decided to sell it. the problem is that it has > not moved or been started for over two years. can anyone advise on what I > should do before attempting to start the engine, as I am afraid of doing > damage to it, in particular the turbo. It was running fine before I put it > off the road. When you remove the plugs, spray a generous quantity of light oil (e.g. WD40) down each bore. Let it sit a while before you crank. First time you crank it, do so with the coil-cap lead disconnected - you don't want it to fire up just yet. Crank it (on a freshly charged battery) for 10 seconds. Let it sit for a minute. Crank for another 10 seconds. Now reconnect the coil-cap lead and crank again. If all is well, it should start. -- Grunff

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