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I have a 1994 Pontiac GrandAm w/175,000 miles. It has sat for 5 years because it was orverheating and quit running al together. where do I start if I want to get it running?

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Start by removing the sparks and wire set. Mark each wire with a piece of tape as you take them off. Take a compression reading on all cylinders. They should be over 120 psi and within 20 psi of each other. Change the oil and filter, checking the oil for water and metal particles. If the gasoline has been sitting that long I would fill it with fresh fuel. Change the air filter, plugs, wires, etc. Check the cooling system for leaks, drain and refill with new antifreeze. Assemble everything and have a small amount of fuel to prime the engine if needed. Make sure the battery is fresh and fully charged. Fire her up, let it get warm while checking for leaks, smoke, overheating. Bring to a smooth idle.

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