I have a 1980 trans am that ran when it was parked 6 years ago. I am now interested in restarting it. Is there some fuel system cleaner that would save me from buying a new carburetor, gas tank, etc...
Nice car Butch,
Yes, there are fuel system cleaners. I suggest removing the old gas and putting in new.
After sitting so long, many of the components are going to need maintenance in addition to the fuel system. We have to assume all the old rubber seals have dried up. Oil has dried up, the battery is dead, coolant has degraded. Before you start up your car, prep it to be started. This will give you the best chance of cause you less trouble later on.
Have fun! Send us pictures when you get her going.
Audra (the auto-motivator)
〉 Answered on Jun 23rd, 2010 by Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop
Absolutely not...tow to reputable shop, have them drain the gas tank, new fuel filter, oil change, filter....
Your shop will know the proper procedure for a correct start-up....happy motoring! Remember, your tires probably have dry rot after sitting and windshield wipers will need to be replaced. Sitting is never good for a car, so expect rubber items may need replaced such as belts too...
〉 Answered on Jun 21st, 2010 by Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair