Q: Car been sitting in garage for over a year. Bad starter.

asked by on

Year ago starter went out. Too expensive to fix so let it sit for over a year. Tires are going low. Going to put starter in myself. Doesn't seem that hard to install. Question is once starter installed. What needs to be done before driving? Oil/ gas .... procedurally what needs to be done? Thanks

My car has 68000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. There are quite a few things that you should do. The extent to which you do them will depend on need as you prioritize it with the budget you have. After replacing the starter, you will also want to change the oil. Oil that sits that long wont protect the engine, and may even cause other problems. If possible to add some fresh gas to the tank, you should do that as well. The better option is to drain the fuel and refill with fresh fuel, but that option is not always practical in a home setting. The fuel system needs to be disposed of properly.

It is likely that the battery is dead and needs a charge. Visually inspect all of the components in the engine bay. When a vehicle sits that long, it is possible for animals and other small creatures to crawl inside places you don’t want them to be when the engine starts. Make sure the tires are properly inflated. Be careful to not over inflate them. If the tires are in poor condition when the air inside them expands, its risks a blowout. If you need further help with this getting your car back on the road, a certified mechanic from YourMechanic can give you a comprehensive inspection of your car and perform any services needed at your home.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car been sitting in garage for over a year. Bad starter.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: No start no crank . Battery, alternates, starter, fuses are all good . Used a voltage meter . Engine is not locked up what is it

If the engine does not crank at all, this is likely an issue related to power supply to the starter. This may be caused by faulty or a bad ground connection or potentially a bad starter relay or starter solenoid....

Q: My car was just pumped full and travels less than 1.8 km. The fuel meter bar starts to drop one bar - 2006 Honda Civic 1.8L

It's possible that your car was on an angle when you refueled the car and did not get it filled totally. Once your car leveled out there was still room for more fuel. If you want to test it then...

Q: Replaced starter ran for a couple days now refuses to start the lights are flashing the radio is not on previously said code

If the engine is not cranking with the key held in the start position, that means that there is a problem in the starter and/or the starter circuit. If there is no starter motor operation at all with the key...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...