Tip & How-To about Chevrolet Camaro

How to get a vechicle ready to be started after sitting for longer than one year.

Well first is drain and replace all fluids first. very very important. gas , oil , anti-freeze are the first three and the rest can be done shortly after like transmission fluid , power steering fluid and washer fluid. but those are the ones you need to replace before you even try to start it.

it most likely won't start like that but if it does you can cause damage.

i know everybody won't be able to drain there gas in some cases if you have 1/4 or less fuel and depending on how long it has been sitting you may get away with not draining it but make sure when refueling use high octane gas and some dry gas or stabilizer additive with the refill of the tank you should also do this if you drain the tank. this will help get any old gas and water out of the lines.

now after that , the next three are the filters another very important thing and i wouldn't recommend starting it till done. fuel filter , oil filter and air filter.

after that is done you will need to dis able the ignition system so it can not get spark. yes not get spark. do so by removing the coil wire for coil that is in between coil and distributor or if you have coil packs unplug the primary connector to dis able.

you will need to have a good battery in it and turn the motor over till the oil pressure comes up a little on the gauge in the dash. this is priming the oiling system so you do not damage any internal components from dry starting.

once the oil comes up you can reconnect the ignition system and try to start it. you may have to be helped along by pressing on the gas pedal but it should start.

once started do not rev it up until the oil is past 40 -50 psi at least. let it run till it is warm check the transmission fluid level and if okay then move it around.

once you have it started and everything is okay you should have the rest of the fluids changed as i mentioned before.

that should be it and you should be fine.

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Anti-freeze in my engine


first drain the contaminated fluids.
replace oil filter and put new oil in crankcase.
drive a few days and check for moisture.
will be foamy white on dipstick.
this could foul the plugs or cause white smoke in the exhaust
if you can't see behind the vehicle after a couple days change
the oil and dump out the filter.
the filter could be rinsed out with some gas.

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I need to know how much oil to refill in my 2001 lincoln ls


most vehicles might be on side of drivers door or has around the front of the radiator or under the hood a sticker that well display oil filter type how much oil what type etc.now look in your owners manual or go on line look up make model of your vehicle oil specifications it should give all the info you need very important the wright oil filter pcv valve all v-8 are 5 quarts.6cyl can be 4 to 5 quarts.if engine is not using oil running normal than do this drain old oil replace pcv valve replace oil filter pour in 4 quarts turn engine on wait about three min turn engine off wait let oil drain back down to oil pan check oil if dip stick reads normal or maybe one third low add one third and save your fifth can.incase you need to add later.every three months oil change is recommended in any vehicle every six months check transmision fluid,every six months check differential fluid especially if you own a 4 wheel drive. that is your front and rear axles.all ways remember oil filter itself well hold about one third to a quart of oil depends on the size of the oil filter.thats why your dip stick my read a little low after checking when your oil change is done.

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change thermostat on 1998 toyota camry


1. Write down your radio code if it has some anti-theft device.
2. Allow the engine to cool down for about 3-hours before the start of this operation.
3. Open the hood, and disconnect the battery negative terminal. Tuck the negative terminal aside so it won't flip back.
4. Locate the radiator drain-plug (plastic wing-nut) on the lower back side of the radiator, and turn it backward to remove it.
5. Place a container under the radiator to catch the anti-freeze coolant.
6. Remove the radiator cap.
7. Once the coolant is drained, trace the upper radiator hose to where it ends on the engine(thermostat housing), and remove the hose with a medium size plier.
8. Loosen the three bolts holding the thermostat housing. Gently take out the housing.
9. Notice the position the thermostat was previously installed.
10. Replace the old thermostat, and the o-ring around it. Clean its mounting area. Notice that the o-ring fits around the thermostat.
11. Replace the thermostat housing and torque the three bolts to 78-inch pounds. Replace the upper hose.
12. Replace the radiator drain-plug.
13. Re-use the antifreeze coolant and be careful no dirt goes in with the coolant into the radiator.
14. Return the radiator cap.
15. Reconnect the negative battery terminal.
16. Start the car and check for leak.

Important: Anti-freeze coolant harmful to the environment. Return unwanted anti-freeze coolant to collection areas.

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my 86 vette has been sitting for six years what should i do to get it running again


well first is drain and replace all fluids first. very very important. gas , oil , anti-freeze are the first three and the rest can be done shortly after like transmission fluid , power steering fluid and washer fluid. but the first there you need to replace before you even try to start it. i most likely won't start like that but if it does you can cause damage. when refueling use high octane gas and some dry gas or stabilizer additive with the refill of the tank. this will help get any old gas and water out of the lines. now after that the next three are the filters another very important thing and wouldn't start it till done. fuel filter , oil filter and air filter.

after that is done i would dis able the ignition system so it can not get spark. yes not get spark. you will need to have a good battery in it and turn the motor over till the oil pressure comes up a little on the gauge in the dash. this is priming the oiling system so you do not damage any internal components from dry starting. once the oil comes up you can reconnect the igntion system and try to start it. you may have to help it along by pressing on the gas pedal but it should start. once started do not rev it up until the oil is past 40 -50 psi atleast. let it run till it is warm check the transmision fluid level and if okay the move it around.

that should be it and you should be fine.

good luck and please let me know if you have any more question.

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oil level above normal


Drain it out into a very clean container, that way you can inspect it and still be able to put it back in. Years ago when this happened we would point to the fuel pump because there was only a diaphragm that separated the gas from the engine. The crankcase would fill up with gas. We have no such trouble these days with electric fuel pumps. Aside from that there are only two choices; overfilling and water from the cooling system. Please post your results.

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