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Old 06-18-2006, 03:09 PM   #1
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Cool Need advice for starting older car, not driven.

I just bought a 1988 Supra that has not been driven in two years. What problems can I expect in trying to start the car? It was driven prior to being parked.
If it won't start, can I tow it or do I need to trailer it?
Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:06 AM   #2
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Default A Few Things First

Don't tow an automatic trans car.

Change the oil before trying to start it.

Fresh gas. Syphon out the old gas first.

Check the coolant level, top up with water for now.

Check trans oil level.

Power steering oil level.

Look around under hood for anything unusual or disconnected.

Have a knowledgable friend or mechanic help you, if you are unsure.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:50 PM   #3
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What problems can I expect in trying to start the car?

Besides needing a brand new battery, Id watch out for chewed through wires under the hood or fuel pump. Ive seen it on a 1990 ford truck parked for a couple of years.
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Old 06-30-2006, 02:01 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I installed a new battery, checked the fluids and turned the key. It started right up. Filled it up with premium gas, checked the air in the tires, said a prayer, and drove it from Orlando to Tampa. It drove like a charm, now I can start to give it some TLC. Thanks again
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Old 08-24-2006, 05:30 PM   #5
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Question Help me with supra

My car sat idle for a year and it wont start start I was told that it was igniter and I just changed it, but it wont start i had a new battery in last year but never drove it. I tried to jump start and fifuired new battery would rejuve, do you think that the battery may be the cause? Keep in mind it is new and I was jump starting it from a 4 runner.
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:19 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. I installed a new battery, checked the fluids and turned the key. It started right up. Filled it up with premium gas, checked the air in the tires, said a prayer, and drove it from Orlando to Tampa. It drove like a charm, now I can start to give it some TLC. Thanks again
You drove it from orlando to Tampa? thats about how far I drove mine :-)
I used to live on McDill AFB so good to see another Tampa Bay guy :-) Live in Cali now. i used to go running on Bayshore Blvd all the time :-) Anyway back to the topic at hand. Mine sat for a year, WOULD NOT PASS SMOG for the life of it, checked the cat, turned out it was fine (even though I still took the damn thing off and dunked it in Citric Acid which did clean some gunk).
So I did the following:
Checked and noticed that the guy before me had taken off and redid most of the EGR system including:
The BVSV valve (top nipple was broken $5 USD on ebay)
The Charcoal Canister (another $5 on ebay)*/end EGR*
There is more to what he took off but it was mostly Vacuum Hoses.

Also took out the Spark Plugs and was absolutly shocked at the quality of them. Horrible looking, and not even platinums as recommended, they were normal resistors and some brand I have never heard of.. However I took them to a mechanic and he said it was typical after having sat for a year, not to mention I have pulled the spark plugs for checking and they seem to be doing great. I replaced them with Bosch Double Platinums, boy what a diffrence. The stock preheater hose (as posted before when I thought was a problem with the AFM) had a cut in it so I replaced it with Spectre Air intake Pipe and Spectre Poweradder intake which I moved to the bumper and is now a semi cold air intake. Replaced the Spark Plug wires with Nology Hotwires, again what a diffrence. I still have to fix the Knock Sensor . I also dropped in this stuff called I can't remember but it was something like HPX or something which cleans out all the gunk and stuff (and i swear by it, the state of forida actually ised it in their cars for a year and noticed that it reduced smog outut in thier vehicles 24%. I took my car to get smogged and it passed in the NORM rather than Gross Polluter like it had before. See its just the simple stuff you can do to make your car like new again. i still have my roblems every now and again, but I love my car.
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my 87 sat for 3 years and it started pretty fast
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:46 PM   #8
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i hada supra i just bought it a big pos for 200 bucks with no title for a parts car and it sat for 6 something years in a junk yard put a new batt and it atrted perfect. i didnt leave it running for a long time but toyota's are tuff as shit and they will never die unless a dum A driver gets into them
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My supra sat for 11 years, just about new everthing and now its my daily driver.
The good thing is now that I have driven so much I have fell in love with supras. Theres a supra that sits right in front of where mine sat and im fixing to try to buy it wish me luck.

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Figure I'd add a little to this rather old thread

I recently started my supra after sitting for 5 years. I was actually pretty surprised how easy everything went. Just get rid of the old gas, fill with new. I am a fan of sea foam although it appears that other members don't recommend using it.

I put a little tranny fluid in each cylinder after I removed the spark plugs. Checked the plugs to ensure that they would at least survive one more start. I also added some new oil although didn't bother to change it until I got it started and running for a sec.

Prior to starting the car I unplugged each coil. I then cranked the starter for about 5 seconds, then waited 30. I did this a few times. Finally I connected the battery and fired it up. Ignore the smoke coming out of the exhaust.

I drove it to my garage and then did basic maintenance and tune up procedures. Car runs great now.
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