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Old 12-06-2013, 04:03 AM   #1
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Now this is an interesting story I suppose. 3 years ago I dropped the car off at my fathers house since I bought a new Opel Astra for my day to day commute. The car had 60K miles on the clock and I just had a new gasket fitted along with 2 new side radiators. Other than that, there was no other job done or preparation for what lied ahead.

1K days later (don't ask me why or just check out my location settings) I have decided that its not worth having the car parked at my dads house so I decided to save as much as i can nowadays and go for it. Had the car for 3 years by the way at the time with full service history (official dealer which I guess now I cant afford). The car was covered on the driveway, however there were no axle stands. Off course the car's tank was empty if you are asking.

So now comes the question 3 years later than that date. After much research I have decided to do the following things in order to get the car moving again.

Oil and Filter - Live in Greece so what oil would you suggest? Read somewhere about 10W40 or 15W40 that they may help regarding IMS (which is not changed).
Fuel Filter
Air Filter
Pollen Filter
6 Beru Spark Plugs
4 tires since the old ones (although brand new at the time) have flat spots.
poly-v belt

After some further reading, I might be renewing brake and transmission fluids.

Any thoughts guys?



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Old 12-06-2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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Everything above should be done. All the fluids for sure. If you can't find 0W40 5/10W40 should be fine. The lower the number, the better for COLD weather.
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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First of all, your an **************************** off letting that machine set for 3 years. Your are in Greece, so, you have very cold seasons and warm, 10-40 if your machine has over 60k, 5-40 if it's a fair virgin. Save euros, blow the the filters out, I doubt if there that dirty. Yes on the fuel filter. I would add some SeaFoam to the oil before changing and after, also to the gas. Brakes, good god, yes, new brake fluid and bleed them well. I hope the caliper pistons are not stuck. Tires are most likely dry rotten, spark plugs, clean them first then decide. Porsches are meant to be driven, drive it and enjoy.

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Old 12-06-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
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Wow. Three years without running is a problem. I would pull the plugs, squirt some marvel mystery oil, or another thin oil into the cylinders, put the car in 5th gear and push it for 20 yards to make sure the motor is not locked up.

Next, change the oil and take out the fuel pump fuse and crank the motor until the oil pressure light goes out. Then you can try to start it.

Good luck.

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