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Starting 2005 Toyota corolla after sitting for year


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chudmunder
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Aug 7, 2018, 5:59 AM

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I have a plan for starting my 2005 Toyota Corolla after it has been sitting for a year. I tried starting it after sitting for many months and the engine was shaking when it was running so I think the oil may have dripped down out of the engine cylinders. So this will be the second time I am starting with in the year time frame it has been siting. I plan to do the following when starting it.

1) Siphon out all the the old gasoline because it is probably stale. Then add a small amount of fresh gas (1 gallon) with one quarter bottle of (Iso HEET +injector cleaner water remover) 1 bottle treats 20 gallons so the injector cleaner water remover will be more concentrated and increase the chances of the car starting and running better. Add some fuel stabilizer to deal with crappy gas in fuel lines??

2) Check to make sure the oil levels are OK with the dip stick

3) Replace the battery.

4) Take out the old spark plugs and spray "engine fogging oil" into the spark plug holes or use a product called "Marvel mystery oil" in the holes. (how much marvel mystery oil should I use??)

5) Turn the key to the ignition with the spark plugs removed to "turn over the engine" and get the engine fogging oil or Marvel mystery oil to spread around the cylinders and pistons to lube the engine.

6) Replace the old spark plugs with new ones.

6) Spray starter fluid on the engine air intake.

7) Attempt to start the car.

Am I doing anything here wrong that can mess up my engine??


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 7, 2018, 6:19 AM

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Your are right first two problems would be fuel and dead battery if just ignored for a whole year. If outdoors that much worse or harder.
IDK where to begin you probably wont get all the old fuel out already had it running lower it as much as possible or take tank out. It's a year but only a year have some chance it's not destroyed.
It ran you said just not well? It wouldn't really have a chance to have any battery power of it's own enough or none so what did you do? If charged up or jumped and really was dead the car's computer forgot everything it should have a memory to just idle well all lost or screwed up now for a while.
It ran so too late for fogging/oiling engine thru plugs IMO. What can you do to see why it runs lousy now? A good code reader only may come up with some info to help.
Starting fluid, yes I agree with that but want to lower fuel or dump it all and a couple gallons the first one can't always be reached.
Once going and don't run it real lousy for long try to figure out if picking on one cylinder or random would help then if reason is lack of spark or fuel delivered can cancel those one by one if only one that one will not change the way it runs.
IDK - forget "mystery oil" if you wish just squirt of low viscosity oil you could do that thru air intake with just a little bit don't lock it up.


Not real sure but would begin again, good known fuel and strong totally charged battery and let it run as said not way too long it just may do ok all by itself in a little time and let it.


There's a list of other things to worry about if just parked outdoors for later like brakes iffy/rusted, tires to check and more don't just head out till you know things are OK all around. Good luck,


T



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Aug 7, 2018, 7:33 AM

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Yes, you are doing a lot that can do harm.


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Siphon out all the the old gasoline because it is probably stale. Then add a small amount of fresh gas (1 gallon) with one quarter bottle of (Iso HEET +injector cleaner water remover) 1 bottle treats 20 gallons so the injector cleaner water remover will be more concentrated and increase the chances of the car starting and running better. Add some fuel stabilizer to deal with crappy gas in fuel lines??


That is pretty much all wrong and a bad idea.
Fuel stabilizer only works when put in the fuel before it sits for a year. It won't do anything for already stale fuel.

Remove the old fuel, yes but one gallon with 20 gal of fuel cleaner....NO It will not help anything and do more damage than good. More fresh fuel is better.


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Take out the old spark plugs and spray "engine fogging oil" into the spark plug holes or use a product called "Marvel mystery oil" in the holes. (how much marvel mystery oil should I use??)


NONE......... There is no need to put anything in the cylinders. That will only serve to foul the plugs.


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Replace the old spark plugs with new ones.


OK, but not necessary. Sitting for a year didn't harm the plugs.


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Spray starter fluid on the engine air intake.


Very dangerous thing to do and should not be necessary



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