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Tdi has not been started in two years how should i go about getting it running?

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  • richard_l769 Aug 06, 2010

    2000 TDI , turns out the car only sat for one year this July. Owner did add Stabil to the fuel, so the fuel should be semi good yet. I 'm going to change the air,fuel, and oil filters just to be cautious. Last question, what are the odds that the seals, or gaskets in the injector pump are bad, since the pump hasn't been lubricated in a year ?



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Charge the battery.change the oil/filter.replace batteries on remotes
reset the alarm/immobiliser.then turn on and wait for the preheater light to go out.then try and start it.put at least 10 litres of diesel in tank to "refresh" any fuel.then try starting,as soon as it starts run for at least an hour to get hot to see if you have any water/coolant not rush to get it on the road,as the car needs to be "caressed" (you dont want to take it out then be hauled back.......)

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  • richard_l769 Aug 05, 2010

    The fuel tank is 3/4 full,,should i drain it, or will the new fuel be enough to refresh that amount of old ? Is there some chemical additive that might help revive the old fuel, and should i also change the fuel filter ? Is there anything wrong with the old fuel, and will it be alright to run it through the engine ?

  • geoff hunter Aug 05, 2010

    a fuel additive is always usefull to clean injectors periodically(about 30k).so,yes leave the fuel as is and try to start it.changing the filter would help,just in case of water contamination,but after the initial fire up. the main problem would be water hose deteriation and tyre flat spot if car not moved for so long.also change anti freeze once up and running.

  • geoff hunter Aug 06, 2010

    because its been soaking in diesel seals may be good still.

  • richard_l769 Aug 09, 2010

    Update on 2000 TDI, put new starter on, bled fuel filter, engine started on second crank, no smoke. I didn't smell any diesel fumes while the car was running, do diesel cars smell like the trucks, or do they run cleaner ? Last questions, I need to know good brand of anti-gel, and or if I should cut the fuel with kerosene for the winter, what ratio , and good brand of injector cleaner to use. Thanks for all your help. rick

  • geoff hunter Aug 09, 2010

    hi rick

    all diesels smell the same,slighlty smokey,even when hot.

    unless you live in a very cold place do not cut the fuel(max 10%)

    although army tanks run upto 30%.

    any quality(redexe)fuel injector cleaner will do(use it every 40k)

    glad to hear all ran well and your very welcome......


  • richard_l769 Aug 10, 2010

    Hey, thanks again. You said to take it easy on the engine after it was started, how long should i ease off ? Not that I'n going to hammer the snot out of it, but every once and awhile should I run it hard ? I know people said to hammer a gas engine to help clean out the carbon. Does this apply also to the diesel engine ? Have you heard about,and what are your comments about using Z-Max lubricant ?

  • geoff hunter Aug 10, 2010

    build up the load over 200/500 miles then if you want give it a blast,(the fuel additive will get rid of any excess carbon)sorry to say z-max is not available here in the u.k,but if it contains molybdenite,your fine.or even ptfe in liquid form is okay,both are the slipperiest substances known to man and will stick the wear surfaces.a car in the uk was run without oil (dry) for 5000 miles with no wear to the bearings or rings.

    stay cool




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