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Unread 06-16-2008, 07:48 PM   #1
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Wrangler coming out of storage--what to do?

I stored my Wrangler for the winter last October, and this is is the first chance I've had to get it out for the summer. Before putting it away, I changed the oil, added some Sta-Bil to a full tank of gas, and put it in the garage. Because the garage is close to the furnace the temp in the garage never drops below 45 degrees F all winter.

Here's what I need to know--what do I need to do to get it ready to drive? I've heard of pulling the spark plugs and putting some oil in the cylinders to lube them up. Do I need to do this? What about changing the oil again? Anything else?

Usually I try to start it once a month or so but this winter I couldn't find the time to do it. I'm afraid if I just start it the way it is I may do some damage to the engine. I plan on keeping this Jeep for a very long time and want to do everything I can to make sure it runs forever.

So help me out--it's June and I want to drive!

Thanks!

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Unread 06-16-2008, 08:08 PM   #2
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Just start it, these aren't 70's vehicles! Put fresh gas in as soon as possible, change the oil and enjoy it.

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Unread 06-16-2008, 08:26 PM   #3
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Would be nice to lubricate engine with oil before starting it. Otherwise I can't think of anything. Should start OKAY after battery charge.
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Unread 06-17-2008, 08:18 PM   #4
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How can I lubricate the engine with oil before sarting it? Do I have to pull the plugs and dump oil down the cylinders or is there a better (easier) way?
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Unread 06-17-2008, 08:30 PM   #5
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I've heard you can disconnect ignition source and crank engines for short durations. I've heard during this engine cranking oil pump pumps oil. Can any I-6 4.0L engine expert charm in on this?

The logic here is during slow engine cranking the damage is less when compare to a full engine start up. My wife's car for instance gets driven once every 2 months, and I can hear dry engine valve taps during start up. I think one should avoid this.
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Unread 06-17-2008, 10:40 PM   #6
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You will not get oil pressure without sufficient cranking. I think it would be better to start it and get good oil pressure than bump starting it. Again I don't think it makes much difference. If it was me it would be started without worry. I have had vehicles sit for months and started them without a second thought.

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Unread 06-18-2008, 12:32 AM   #7
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I'm not too sure about this, but it might be worth a shot. Maybe try draining the oil, and putting it back in. that way you can get some oil up in the heads before it starts. Maybe if your going that far, you can just do an oil change. Just something I thought of in a few minutes. Cant hurt to try right?
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Unread 06-18-2008, 06:15 AM   #8
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I'm not too sure about this, but it might be worth a shot. Maybe try draining the oil, and putting it back in. that way you can get some oil up in the heads before it starts. Maybe if your going that far, you can just do an oil change. Just something I thought of in a few minutes. Cant hurt to try right?
I would do this ^^^^^ if your really worried about it but if it were me i would just start it and keep an eye on the oil pressure for a min. i would also run it through a heat cycle be for you drive it and make sure everything still works
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You figured at least 3-5 seconds of dry running after a start up, so it may not be that bad.
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I wouldn't worry too much about an oil change before startup,but maybe after a few cycles of heating and cooling down of the engine.Also I would roll it out of the garage to start for the first time,who knows what sort of critters might have wintered over in it as well.
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Everyone is waaaay over-ANALyzing this. You did the winterization correctly - (changed the oil, add fuel stabilizer and put her away). Now, just charge the battery, start it up, let it sit (idle) for about 5 minutes, then GO!
Us northerners do this every year with RV's exactly the same way. Have done it that way for years.
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Everyone is waaaay over-ANALyzing this. You did the winterization correctly - (changed the oil, add fuel stabilizer and put her away). Now, just charge the battery, start it up, let it sit (idle) for about 5 minutes, then GO!
Us northerners do this every year with RV's exactly the same way. Have done it that way for years.
I tried to do everything correct as to eliminate any problems at startup. But the plan was to store it for four months, not eight like it has been. I just wanted to be sure I wasn't going to do any engine damage because I plan on keeping this rig for a very long time.
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I tried to do everything correct as to eliminate any problems at startup. But the plan was to store it for four months, not eight like it has been. I just wanted to be sure I wasn't going to do any engine damage because I plan on keeping this rig for a very long time.

Sorry to hear it has been sitting for so long
Glad to hear you are getting it back out
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