Vehicular resuscitation


#1

I have a 1991 subaru legacy stationwagon. 140,000 miles. It was running great in 2004 but was left to sit for several years unused. I am wondering about getting it up and running again. Any insights on where I should start or if I should.



Everything under the hood looks good, am considering removing oil pan and cleaning then running a cleaner(kerosene) through the system to clean and lub the cylinders.

Empty gas tank and run some cleaner(suggestions) through the fuel system.



Any thoughts or advice?


#2

Don’t run kerosene through the oil system. Just change the oil with a good quality oil. Even old oil doesn’t varnish up like gasoline. It’s the gasoline that you should worry about. Empty the gas tank, and refill with fresh gas and a good cleaner like Techroline. Hopefully, the gas in the injector lines hasn’t varnished up a clogged the system. Then, you’ll have fuel lines and injectors to replace.


#3

Long ago it was okay to mix motor oil and kerosene 50/50 and run the car until it reached operating temp. Worked well in my '65 Corvair; you wouldn’t believe the sludge that came out. Used a new oil filter during and after this. Don’t know if this is kosher with today’s cars. DO NOT USE STRAIGHT KEROSENE!!!