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    Wacca wacca puff wacca - Car stopped for 6 months

    So, the Hyundai has not been used in 6 months. Battery is dead and car has half a tank of gas. I'm gonna replace the battery and I wonder if I should drain the gas tank, or pour some octane booster, or just try it as it is.

    Whachu think? Will it wacca?
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    Leave the keys in it and report it as stolen.
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    If my snowblower starts after not using it for 2 years ... same gas ... so will your car.

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    Wait...

    You came back to AR at this time of year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Wait...

    You came back to AR at this time of year?
    Not yet... but soon.... probably before new years, I hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Wait...

    You came back to AR at this time of year?
    I'm with him. You should have stayed in PR.

    As to the car... I give it 50/50 chance of starting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I'm with him. You should have stayed in PR.

    As to the car... I give it 50/50 chance of starting.
    But is HOT in heah
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    It'll start no problem. For added assurance, drain the tank and refill with Canadian gas. It has 10% maple syrup, which is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    It'll start no problem. For added assurance, drain the tank and refill with Canadian gas. It has 10% maple syrup, which is awesome.
    Good to know the next time I am out of maple syrup, I can just put Canadian gas on my pancakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Good to know the next time I am out of maple syrup, I can just put Canadian gas on my pancakes.
    Pro-tip ... strain it first to remove any errant beaver hairs.

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    The battery you will have to replace. I'm guessing that you can start your car on what you have in the tank. But you'll want to get fresh gas as soon as possible. It wouldn't hurt to drain it and replace it.

    Just for your return, I'm going to make sure that the days start getting longer.
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    6 month old gas is nothing. charge the battery and go for a drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    The battery you will have to replace. I'm guessing that you can start your car on what you have in the tank. But you'll want to get fresh gas as soon as possible. It wouldn't hurt to drain it and replace it.

    Just for your return, I'm going to make sure that the days start getting longer.
    and Leon's getting larrrger?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    If my snowblower starts after not using it for 2 years ... same gas ... so will your car.
    Do you actually live south of the mason-dixon line? If so, you could expect to have entire seasons not needing a snowblower, eh?

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    Should be fine. Don't forget to inflate the tires to spec, and expect a few squeaky stops.

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    I'd fill up the tank with good gas after it starts, or at least put a bunch of gas in to dilute the old stuff. Fuel injector cleaners may sound like a good idea, but they usually aren't. Don't forget to check the oil and coolant levels too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    If my snowblower starts after not using it for 2 years ... same gas ... so will your car.
    2 years without starting your snowblower? Doesn't that cause you to loose your Canadian citizenship? Eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    The battery you will have to replace. I'm guessing that you can start your car on what you have in the tank. But you'll want to get fresh gas as soon as possible. It wouldn't hurt to drain it and replace it.

    Just for your return, I'm going to make sure that the days start getting longer.
    There was a Click and Clack show that featured a car with a similar situation... the guys laughed and said that the no doubt the cheaper the car, the more likely it would just start right up and run. If it were some sort of collectible car, no doubt it would be toast at this point.

    What Click and Clack did seriously recommend is to disconnect the coil or whatever is used to generate the spark in this car and run the starter for a few seconds... this will coat all the moving parts with oil. The car, sitting around for so long, would have drained all the oil from the upper reaches of the engine... and just running it without spark for a few seconds would get the oil back into place before actually "firing up" the engine. They also suggested an octane booster to get it started and of course replacing the battery.

    As soon as possible after getting it running, change the oil.

    Good luck.

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    Leave it in the barn maybe it will be worth a small fortune someday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    Do you actually live south of the mason-dixon line? If so, you could expect to have entire seasons not needing a snowblower, eh?
    I live close to the North Pole than the Mason-Dixon Line.

    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    2 years without starting your snowblower? Doesn't that cause you to loose your Canadian citizenship? Eh?
    You'd think, eh? Except my 'small' 30" wide snowblower only gets started when I need to remove copious amounts of snow in areas where my tractor/snowblower combo won't reach

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    Actually, if you can show me a picture of your red Chestnut Prospector - I will believe you're really Canadian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    Actually, if you can show me a picture of your red Chestnut Prospector - I will believe you're really Canadian.
    I wish! I've been looking at canoes lately because we moved onto an acreage close to the North Saskatchewan River. Doubt I'm going to find one of those bad boys used.

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    I'm going to disagree with your national hero here and suggest Royalex (no longer made) for river running canoes. You can often find bargains used.

    The canoe in the photo below had its aluminum gunwales replaced, one ash thwart, a little love from a heat *** and was as good as new when it was finished.


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    Back to the OP. Does this video/song remind you of anything?

    NSFW - explicit lyrics


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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    I'd fill up the tank with good gas after it starts, or at least put a bunch of gas in to dilute the old stuff. Fuel injector cleaners may sound like a good idea, but they usually aren't. Don't forget to check the oil and coolant levels too.
    no motor is correct. Just take it to a gas station and fill it up (I'd recommend hi-test that one time) and it should be fine. the new gas will dilute whatever moisture and lowered volatility has occurred in the old gas.
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