Question about 1998 Plymouth Breeze
I was sent to prison in 1994 and relatives placed my vehicle in a storage shed rental. They just drove it in there and locked the door. Now I am home and I don't want to destroy this car by not doing the needed things to get this car started properly. I am aware that the gas and oil need to be drained but I have no idea how to drain gas from the gas tank. Could someone give me the needed information to safely get my car started without damaging anything?
According to the Official Chrysler Service Manual, there is a drain Plug near the Middle left side of the Fuel tank. I also Highly Recommend Birdman's Suggestions of Changing the Oil and Transmission fluid, as well as all the Filters. I am also a Breeze Owner, and I am always glad to help a Fellow Owner!
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
Your 1998 Plymouth was driven to a storage shed in 1994 ???
I think you meant 2004 ?
In any case, you should siphon the tank through the filler hole. Use a small clear 1/2-inch hose. Feed it in until you think it has reached the bottom. Bring the free end of the hose down low and **** on it to start the gas flow - BE CAREFUL! When you see the gas start coming over the top, move the free end of the hose to a gas can. You'll probably need a few to hold it all.
Now get some more gas cans and fill them with fresh mid-grade fuel. 10 gallons should be enough. Empty those into your gas tank to dilute what's left of the old stuff.
You can use the old fuel - little by little. The best way is to put it in a lawn mower or snow thrower. Mix it with fresh mid-grade fuel if you do so. DO NOT merely dispose the old fuel.
Good luck and welcome back.
Posted on Feb 11, 2009
If it has been in storage for that long a time you should definately pull the spark plugs, grab some penetrating lubricant, ie. Liquid Wrench and spray that in each cylinder liberally. This should keep the cylinder walls from being scored when you crank it for the first time.
Definately change the oil before you get it running.
You want to check all of your belts, as they will most likely need to be replaced due to sitting in one position for so long.
Also, if it didn't have a full tank of gas in it when it was parked, you may just want to add a few gallons of premium fuel to whats already in the tank. This will allow it to combust fine when it mixed with the varnished fuel, also add in some aftermarket horsepower additive into the fuel. It should help combust better.
You should be able to drive it around after that. Once you burn off all that fuel, you will need to change your fuel filters becasue the tank will most likely have chuncks of rust in it from sitting. You may have to do this after the first couple of oil changes as well, since the rust will continue to flake off for a while. You will also want to add at least one bottle of injector cleaner at every fill up for the next 5 or 6 fill ups. This should clear any varnish and gunk from your lines and injectors.
If you do want to drain the fuel before trying to fire it up, you should be able to disconnect your fuel line that comes out of your tank and when you turn the keyto the "ON" position, the fuel pump should push all the fuel through it and you can catch it in old 5 gallon fuel cans.
Be careful to note which line comes out and which line is a return line...cars with electric fuel pumps have both to keep pressure from getting to high in the injection system.
Doing these things should get you going again...there will be more things to fix once shes running again because she has been sitting for so long...that is a guarantee. You will just have to keep up with things for a few months and then operation will return to normal.
ONE QUICK NOTE: If there is a timing BELT instead of timing CHAIN, you will also want to have that replaced as soon as you can afford... The last thing you want is for that to break on the road...it could shell your motor.
Hope this helps out! Glad that you are out and I hope things wont be too hard on you now that you are...I have 3 brothers who have all spent a lot of time in jail and their lives have changed dramtically! I hope the same is true of you. Blessings and I hope this works out for you!
Posted on Feb 11, 2009
In order to drain the fuel you will have to remove the gas tank. Also, you should change your oil and transmission fluid. Changing the fuel filter would be a good idea too. After you get the car started add some fuel injector cleaner to the gas tank and you should be okay.
Please rate this and let me know if this helped.
Posted on Feb 11, 2009
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