Truck's been sitting for a year

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Old 17 Sep 2009, 09:13 am   #1 (permalink)
Stuart McGraw
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Hello,

Wonder if I can get some advice...

I have a chance to buy a 98 Toyota with relatively low
mileage for a reasonable price. The catch is that it
has been sitting for about a year, the battery is dead
and the tires flat. I know the former owner and he
always took good care of the vehicle so I am mainly
concerned about the length of time it has been sitting.
Assuming it starts and runs ok with a new battery, is
there anything special I should look for?
The tires have good tread -- are they likely to be
usable after refilling with air?

Thanks for any hints!
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Old 17 Sep 2009, 09:46 am   #2 (permalink)
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In article <72bd7$4ab24413$4e3c306$7099@DIALUPUSA.NET>, Stuart McGraw <smcg4191@frii.com> wrote:
>Hello,
>
>Wonder if I can get some advice...
>
>I have a chance to buy a 98 Toyota with relatively low
>mileage for a reasonable price. The catch is that it
>has been sitting for about a year, the battery is dead
>and the tires flat. I know the former owner and he
>always took good care of the vehicle so I am mainly
>concerned about the length of time it has been sitting.
>Assuming it starts and runs ok with a new battery, is
>there anything special I should look for?
>The tires have good tread -- are they likely to be
>usable after refilling with air?
>
>Thanks for any hints!

outside inside? can you clean the fuel system?
are the tires dry rotted? they will probably be bad just from rims sitting on
them. cheap needs to include how much to make it run. if it takes another
$1000, is it still cheap?
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Old 17 Sep 2009, 12:17 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Stuart McGraw wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Wonder if I can get some advice...
>
> I have a chance to buy a 98 Toyota with relatively low
> mileage for a reasonable price. The catch is that it
> has been sitting for about a year, the battery is dead
> and the tires flat. I know the former owner and he
> always took good care of the vehicle so I am mainly
> concerned about the length of time it has been sitting.
> Assuming it starts and runs ok with a new battery, is
> there anything special I should look for?
> The tires have good tread -- are they likely to be
> usable after refilling with air?
>
> Thanks for any hints!


Change the tires and pour in a bottle of Heet. Should be fine. I would
be wary about the tires being rotted even if there is still tread on
them. I had a blow out on my old, lightly used Land Cruiser because I
used it so rarely that the same tires were on it for like eight years.
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Old 17 Sep 2009, 01:02 pm   #4 (permalink)
clare@snyder.on.ca
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On Thu, 17 Sep 2009 08:13:38 -0600, Stuart McGraw <smcg4191@frii.com>
wrote:

>Hello,
>
>Wonder if I can get some advice...
>
>I have a chance to buy a 98 Toyota with relatively low
>mileage for a reasonable price. The catch is that it
>has been sitting for about a year, the battery is dead
>and the tires flat. I know the former owner and he
>always took good care of the vehicle so I am mainly
>concerned about the length of time it has been sitting.
>Assuming it starts and runs ok with a new battery, is
>there anything special I should look for?
>The tires have good tread -- are they likely to be
>usable after refilling with air?
>
>Thanks for any hints!

Count on a new battery and new tires.. If it runs when you put a new
battery in, also count on hetting the fuel injection system cleaned.
You might not need to, but consider it a strong likelihood.
Do you have emission testing in your area? You might want to make the
purchace contingent on passing the E-test (before you spend a lot of
money on it)
You may quite possibly need to do some brake work as well - rotors may
be pitted from sitting, and check the rubber hoses.
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Old 17 Sep 2009, 11:59 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Only a year? Just air up the tires and jump start it!
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Old 18 Sep 2009, 01:29 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Personally, I'd just put a new battery in, put a couple bottles of
good fuel injector cleaner along with 1 bottle of octane booster and 1
bottle of methanol to remove any water that may have condensed in the
gas tank, then fill up with premium gas.
Air up the tires and take it to the tire shop for new ones, as if the
tires went flat and sat for awhile, they're likely to have developed
flat spots in them.
I'd also change the oil and transmission fluid just to be on the safe
side, and check all the belts and hoses for dry rot, wear and tension.

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Old 18 Sep 2009, 07:54 pm   #7 (permalink)
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You did not indicate where you live. Look for rust on the frame. 98's (and
others around that year) are notorious for rusting. Of course with the crap
they put on the roads back in the NE it is no surprise. If you live in a dry
climate that will not be an issue. I have a 98 4X with 153M on it and it's
been very good to me.


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Old 18 Sep 2009, 08:52 pm   #8 (permalink)
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In article <UZVsm.12858$6f4.3598@newsfe08.iad>, "M. Balmer" <boogerpicker@wazoo.net> wrote:
>You did not indicate where you live. Look for rust on the frame. 98's (and
>others around that year) are notorious for rusting. Of course with the crap
>they put on the roads back in the NE it is no surprise. If you live in a dry
>climate that will not be an issue. I have a 98 4X with 153M on it and it's
>been very good to me.
>
>

not a truck, but i have an 86 1/2 supra with zero rust anywhere.
sunburn, yeah, a little, but no rust. dry is the way.....
i had an 85 pu in boston and it was a wind chime. any way the wind blew...
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Old 18 Sep 2009, 09:06 pm   #9 (permalink)
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it's pretty much a Tacoma only problem. so much that Toyota has extended the
warranty on corrosion.


<someone@some.domain> wrote in message
news:sPWsm.27306$we1.6430@en-nntp-03.dc1.easynews.com...
> In article <UZVsm.12858$6f4.3598@newsfe08.iad>, "M. Balmer"
> <boogerpicker@wazoo.net> wrote:
>>You did not indicate where you live. Look for rust on the frame. 98's (and
>>others around that year) are notorious for rusting. Of course with the
>>crap
>>they put on the roads back in the NE it is no surprise. If you live in a
>>dry
>>climate that will not be an issue. I have a 98 4X with 153M on it and
>>it's
>>been very good to me.
>>
>>

> not a truck, but i have an 86 1/2 supra with zero rust anywhere.
> sunburn, yeah, a little, but no rust. dry is the way.....
> i had an 85 pu in boston and it was a wind chime. any way the wind blew...



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Old 18 Sep 2009, 10:31 pm   #10 (permalink)
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On Sat, 19 Sep 2009 01:52:30 GMT, someone@some.domain
(someone@some.domain) wrote:

>In article <UZVsm.12858$6f4.3598@newsfe08.iad>, "M. Balmer" <boogerpicker@wazoo.net> wrote:
>>You did not indicate where you live. Look for rust on the frame. 98's (and
>>others around that year) are notorious for rusting. Of course with the crap
>>they put on the roads back in the NE it is no surprise. If you live in a dry
>>climate that will not be an issue. I have a 98 4X with 153M on it and it's
>>been very good to me.
>>
>>

>not a truck, but i have an 86 1/2 supra with zero rust anywhere.
>sunburn, yeah, a little, but no rust. dry is the way.....
>i had an 85 pu in boston and it was a wind chime. any way the wind blew...


An '85 ANYTHING in Beantown is more likely to be a sand sifter.
Bad enough up here in Ontario - and we don't have salt in the SUMMER.

My '53 dodge wagon was from California and was rusted through the roof
where a roof rack had been installed. The rubber pad helr the salt
spray and it was just like a hole saw.
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