Q: Car in storage approx. 6 years. All checked over and ready for road; except engine misses

asked by on

I have a 1991 Dodge Stealth R/T turbo. It has been in storage for approximately 6 years. Brought it to the local Dodge dealer to get checked over and road ready. Flush coolant system, rotate tires, spark plugs, etc. Seems to be an engine miss - and also once car is warm from running smells funny; like burnt wood. They do not have an engine analysis machine to indicate what is exactly wrong. Check engine light does come on. Personally I am thinking a fuel injector or exhaust system plugged (mice find a way to get in) Any suggestion on what to check would greatly be appreciated. Thank you.

My car has 15000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

The Check Engine Light is the first thing to check. If you are getting a misfire code then inspect this cylinder and check the coil and spark to the cylinder. Once this is verified, make sure that the fuel injector is not plugged or not operating.

You may need to have the fuel injectors removed and tested to see if they are clogged. After a vehicle is stored for 6 years it will have fuel related issues like rust build up in the fuel lines and injectors. You’ll need to have the fuel system checked to make sure it is not clogged as well.

If you help with these checks, have the vehicle looked at by a certified mechanic. They will be able to diagnose the cause of the misfire and the other symptoms the car is experiencing. Once this is done, the proper repairs can be made to ensure that this car is running smoothly and safely after being stored for so long.

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 in storage approx. 6 years. All checked over and ready for road; except engine misses

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: I need to know the complete price it will be on my 2008 Chevy cobalt ls

Billing question sent to CS for the cost to diagnose a check engine light and the cost to replace spark plugs on a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.

Q: i crunk my car this morning to warm it up and cut the defrost on.when i came back out the lighting bolt symbol was on so i cut it

The lightning bolt warning light means a fault was detected in the electronic throttle control system. It is possible that fault codes were stored which could be retrieved if you request a check engine light diagnostic. Heater malfunctions vary from...

Q: Will 01 grand am wheels n tires 205/55r16 fit my 91 Bonneville?

I am pretty sure GM did not change the bolt pattern between these two year of vehicles. As a precaution, count the number of lugs and measure the length between the lug studs and compare it on both wheels. Make...

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...