Q: Need to start my car after sitting for a year.

asked by on January 13, 2016

My car has sat for over a year. While it was in great working order before I parked it, I am not sure what needs to be done before I start it back up again.

Car is not starting Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

The recommendations for putting the car back into service is to remove and replace the old fuel in the fuel tank. Replace the fuel filter. Charge and test the battery and replace if needed. Change the oil and filter after getting the vehicle started and running for a day or two. Clean the injectors if needed. I recommend to have a qualified mechanic check it out such as one from YourMechanic.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

What others are asking

New battery, but car still doesn't start

While having a good battery is a great way to make sure your car is starting great, it is only one of many components that assist in getting your car running. If you have verified that you have a good...

Car keeps dying while i drive. I have a brand new battery and just replaced the alternator a week ago. Dies when headlights are on

Although the alternator is new, and presumably working properly, charging system output should still be measured at the battery terminals. You want to rule out a problem in the charging circuit and/or connections to the battery. If charging system output...

Changed throttle body assembly, now it won't start

Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. The problem might be with the crankshaft position sensor being effected by heat. This can be verified by measuring the resistance of the crankshaft sensor with a digital volt ohm meter (DVOM) and then...

Clicking sound appears during decelerating. What could it be?

Hi there. What you could be hearing is the chain in the transfer case. If the chain has too much play, then the chain will rub on the transfer case housing when not under a load. Try going up a...

Car won't start after being parked

When the key is turned and nothing happens could mean several things; you have a bad battery (most common), the switch is bad, or the starter is not working. If you hear a click when you turn the key and...

Car overheating, but fan still runs

Hi. Several things can cause that condition. A stuck closed thermostat, blocked radiator, a faulty water pump, or low coolant all need to be checked. The fans turning on is normal when the engine gets too hot. However, if the...

Car alarm keeping car from starting

You will have to put the key in the door lock and lock/unlock the door manually with the key. Turn the key to the unlock position and see if the alarm stops sounding. If this doesn't work, you may have...

Car hard to start after replacing battery

Hi there. If the engine is hard to start it can be caused by a number of things. If the engine cranks very slow then the problem is more than likely from a bad battery cable or a starter that...

Accelerating from red light, car jerks; also at 25-35 mph

Hello there. Many different faults can cause the vehicle to jerk and have acceleration issue. The most likely cause of these are spark plugs, battery, alternator, fuel pump, low transmission fluid, MAF sensor, vacuum leak, exhaust leak or oxygen sensor....

Related articles

How a Car Ignition System Works
The The complicated process of a vehicle's ignition system requires precise timing on the part of the various systems involved. Starting a vehicle involves much more than just turning a key in the ignition switch; it requires each system to...
How Long Does an Ignition Relay Last?
When When trying to crank a car, you will need a few vital components to be working in order for the process to be successful. On most cars, there is an intricate network of relays and switches that allow for...
How Can Moisture Get Into an Ignition System?
All All ignition systems use electricity to crank and run the engine. This is true whether you have a conventional, electronic, or distributor-less ignition system. Water is the enemy of electricity and if it intrudes into the ignition system, it...