Question about 1983 Honda Accord
What should I do to prepare a car for running that has not been started for over 10 years?
Obviously the engine has been sat with valves open, and corrosion will occur more on a petrol engine than a diesel.
I would advise removing the battery, and replacing with new, or at least a charged working one.
Check for any coolant in there, you will need some during initial start up, but this should have a coolant flush as soon as possible when running.
Check sump oil level. It is a very good idea to change the oil. Drain the old sump oil, and fill up to dipstick mark with el-cheapo brand 15-40 or similar.
Filling should be through the rocker cover - and do it fairly fast. This should put oil on the valve guides and stems.
Make sure the clutch is working and free. often it is not. Leave in neutral.
Take out spark plugs or heater plugs, and use a small bottle of 3in1 oil to pour about 20ml into the cylinder bores.
Turn ctankshaft by hand using socket bar. Eitherway to start it moving, then clockwise for a full 10 relolutions.
IF YOU FEEL RESISTANCE - STOP !
It is very likely a valve has stuck. Remove the rocker cover to see which one it is and try to free it.
If it turns over no problem for several revolutions - power up and crank it.
There is a risk of snapping the timing belt, and this should be replaced as soon as possible, but it is up to you how far you want to strip it before trying.
After the first fire-up, Replace rubber belts, drain oil, change filters & replace oil with fresh oil of your choice. Drain, flush and refill with fresh coolant. You may chose to replace hoses first if in poor condition.
Next - make sure all brakes are free and working, and that transmission works in all gears.
Hope this works for you.
Posted on Jun 21, 2008
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Aug 28, 2014 | 2002 Subaru Outback
Nov 03, 2013 | Toyota 4Runner Cars & Trucks
Jan 09, 2013 | 2008 Chevrolet Equinox
Feb 10, 2012 | Cars & Trucks
Sep 07, 2010 | 1999 Daewoo Leganza
Jul 25, 2010 | 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
Jun 13, 2010 | 1995 Dodge Neon
Nov 12, 2008 | 1993 Toyota Celica
Oct 07, 2008 | 2000 Renault 181
Feb 07, 2014 | 1983 Honda Accord
84 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!
Step 2: Please assign your manual to a product: