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Take precautions for spring start-up

By Autosaurus Published: March 4, 2009

It's almost time to fire-up your collector car that's been in storage since last October (or November-depending on how adventurous you were).  Assuming your car was properly stored (Sta-Bil in the gasoline tank, fresh anti-freeze in the cooling system, battery disconnected and charged, anti-moisture for interior, etc.) your car is ready for its spring resurrection.  The most important element of your spring car preparation is the motor.  You don't want to start up an automobile that's been sitting idle for four or  five months. A "dry" start can damage your motor!   My recommendation is to remove the spark plugs and pour a small amount of Marvel Mystery Oil into each cylinder.  Wait a few hours before starting, to ensure the oil has worked its way onto the cylinder walls.  Once you've started the car allow it to idle for at least 10 minutes, so any condensation will be removed from the exhaust system.  Obviously, there are many other steps to be taken before hitting road, i.e. tire pressure, fluid levels, etc. but you're probably aware of those.  

Hopefully, I'll see you on the road in a few weeks!

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