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Old 03-30-2017, 12:44 PM   #1
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Reawakening '01 986 After Long Nap

Due to a collision of "stuff" that came up in life I have a 2001 which has been sitting unused in the garage for 5 years. It was put away with a tankful of Stabil treated fuel plus moth crystals in key places to scare away the mice. Battery died the first winter, did jump it once to get it started back then and put it on the Porsche tender from there. Has not been started since. No leaks or obvious issues from the outside.

My backup daily driver just died. Good weather is hopefully coming here to New England and my 5 year old is itching for Daddy to get the "zoomy car" going. So that's my goal.

I plan to take out the plugs and try moving the pistons manually before trying the starter. Mystery oil and a soak if they're stuck. Check the fluids. Swap over the other car's battery. Move all the stuff that's accreted around the Box so it can get out...

What else is essential to do before trying to fire it up once more?

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Old 03-30-2017, 01:16 PM   #2
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I would flush the brake fluid and the tires are probably out of round.
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Old 03-30-2017, 01:19 PM   #3
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Tires. They must have serious flat spots by now? And cracking? IMO, no high speed runs until you get those changed. Don't use mileage as the only criteria for replacing. Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 03-30-2017, 01:20 PM   #4
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Tires will be replaced, they are original and had several track days on them before the nap started. They're barely legal depth. Thx.
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Old 03-30-2017, 06:22 PM   #5
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This will be interesting.... keep us posted!
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Old 03-30-2017, 06:39 PM   #6
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Old 03-31-2017, 09:53 AM   #7
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I would think all fluids should be checked/changed. inspect the car from underneath and make sure everything looks good. Change fuel filter maybe, easy enough to do. Not sure about proper procedures on starting an engine after 5 years but curious to see what some pros say. Good luck.

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