need advice on 94 camry, please

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Old 11 Oct 2003, 05:49 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default need advice on 94 camry, please

hi,

we received a couple of responses on the question we asked (which is asked
below this) but were looking for a kind of comprehensive list of what
problems are most likely to occur or may occur.

i know squat about cars and don't want to walk into a dealership or other
automotive service place and get screwed on what needs to be done to make
the car in question safe to drive.

anyway, here is the story:

i have an unusual situation. an elderly family member who has not driven for
years now has offered to give us a 94 camry le with 36K on it.

why hesitate, you ask?

well, it has sat in a garage for about 3 1/2 years and hasn't moved or even
been started in all that time. what might be wrong? dry rot on fluid seals
is the only thing i can think of. do you folks think this will be a problem?
what other damage could there be after 3 1/2 half years of this type of
benign neglect?

anyone have a similar experience like this one?

thank you,

mike




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Old 12 Oct 2003, 12:13 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"mike" <MMAHAN@prodigy.net> wrote in message
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> hi,
>
> we received a couple of responses on the question we asked (which is asked
> below this) but were looking for a kind of comprehensive list of what
> problems are most likely to occur or may occur.
>
> i know squat about cars and don't want to walk into a dealership or other
> automotive service place and get screwed on what needs to be done to make
> the car in question safe to drive.
>
> anyway, here is the story:
>
> i have an unusual situation. an elderly family member who has not driven

for
> years now has offered to give us a 94 camry le with 36K on it.
>
> why hesitate, you ask?
>
> well, it has sat in a garage for about 3 1/2 years and hasn't moved or

even
> been started in all that time. what might be wrong? dry rot on fluid seals
> is the only thing i can think of. do you folks think this will be a

problem?
> what other damage could there be after 3 1/2 half years of this type of
> benign neglect?
>
> anyone have a similar experience like this one?
>
> thank you,
>
> mike


It depends on whether the car is near the sea or not, high himidity can
cause cyl wall rust, and ring seizing.

Personally, I would put a socket on the crankshaft pulley and see if it
turns using a long drive handle for the socket. If it does relatively
easily,...I would put 3-4 squirts of oil into each spark-plug hole and start
the car after adding 2 jerry cans of fuel to the tank.

If its seized, then things become a bit messy. You can force it to start or
strip the engine to clean the bores/piston rings etc up.

I live in the west (dry as buggery), and I started a Datsan after 18mths no
trouble, just added lots of clean fuel to the turps like fuel in the tank.

Jason


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