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Old April 6th, 2020, 12:18 PM   #1
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Haven't started my car in 9 months, need advice...

Sorry I searched but can't find anything concrete for this car..... I really looked!

I have a '99 GTS and haven't started the car since July 2019. Hoping someone has a checklist of things to do and check prior to starting it up? Many thanks in advance!!
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Old April 6th, 2020, 12:37 PM   #2
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For starters the fuel is most likely bad.
1. Replace fuel with fresh fuel.
2. Change oil.
3. Change tranny fluid.
4. Change diff fluid.
5. Battery still good? If not, change battery.
6. Check air in tires.
7. Check tires for age - AGE AND wear. Replace if necessary or drive safe.
8. Drive the damn car and enjoy it.
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Sell it.
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Old April 6th, 2020, 06:42 PM   #4
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9 months? Drive your car more! Rule of thumb is if you haven't driven your car in a year, the chances go up exponentially it'll never get driven again.


I'm sure you'll be fine with the fluids and fuel. The octane may have gone down some so just don't rage the shit out of it. I'd probably change them sooner rather than later though.
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It hasn't even been a year yet. Start the car and drive it. If the battery is flat, replace...otherwise BFD
Put some miles on it, then change the oil.
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The manual mentions this throughout, here are a couple bullets:

If you're to keep your Viper in cryostasis like that, it is recommended that the drivetrain be rotated. This should be done at least once every two weeks. The vehicle should be moved far enough to cause the drivetrain components to make several complete revolutions. This procedure will help assure that all internal components receive adequate amounts of lubrication. This will reduce deterioration caused by prolonged storage.

Additionally, it is worth noting here, if the vehicle is stored for a period Of 2 years or longer, the brake system hydraulic fluid should be removed and replaced with fresh brake fluid prior to returning vehicle to service. This would be necessary to remove any moisture absorber by the brake hydraulic fluid.

it is also recommended that when the vehicle is being stored for prolonged periods of time, do not apply vehicle parking brakes. Block the tires to keep vehicle from moving.
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If you're going to drain the gas there's a procedure for it. I drained the gas out of my RT/10 a few weeks ago because it sat for 4 years while waiting for me to put the engine back in. Gas tank is not accessible from the RT/10 trunk or anywhere without major surgery. I jumped the fuel pump relay method....

- Basically, pull out the fuel pump relay, run a bypass wire to connect the ignition switch output to the fuel pump relay output Pins#4&5.

- Purge the fuel/pressure from the intake manifold.

- Disconnect the intake manifold fuel line from the fuel supply line behind/above the transmission area. OR...you can use the schraeder valve atop of the intake manifold. I had fuel line and connectors around so it was easy for me to hook up to the fuel line.

- Connect a line to the fuel supply line (or schraeder valve) and run it to a container.

Then turn the ignition to ON (without starting). What this does is allows you to continuously run the fuel pump so that it doesn't stop after a few seconds when you turn on the ignition switch. You'll hear cavitation (air bubbles), turn it off for a moment so that you don't burn out the pump. Repeat.

I emptied almost 10 gallons and refilled with fresh gas. The procedure is easier than it sounds.
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