How to Start a Car That's Been Sitting for Years

  • Published on Jul 12, 2016
  • How to start a car. Don't just start a car that hasn't run in a while. In this video I show you what to check before you attempt to start a car that has not run for 6 months or more so you don't damage the engine.
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    Dry Lock Lubricant:
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    Fogging Oil:
    Spark Plug Gap Tool:
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Comments • 8 520

  • L3 Wořks
    L3 Wořks 2 days ago

    Only I use my mouth to suck out gas😊🤣🤣

  • John L Stapp
    John L Stapp 2 days ago +1

    Chris, this is the best video I’ve seen on diagnosing, preparing and sound knowledge that I appreciate so much!!! (And I have watched a lot of them). Well done,
    thumbs up and I’m a grateful new subscriber!!!

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  Day ago

      Welcome aboard! Thanks a lot John!

  • destroyer416
    destroyer416 2 days ago +1

    im looking at my dad's old audi s4 in the driveway and getting ideas

  • Ivan Vučur
    Ivan Vučur 2 days ago +1

    What did you do with the bird?

  • Neil Covington
    Neil Covington 2 days ago

    That mini jump starter is amazing!

  • krissi Putansu
    krissi Putansu 3 days ago

    Rip hummingbird

  • Nick W.
    Nick W. 7 days ago

    What is that crack sound at 10:35. My car does that time to time

  • TL fan
    TL fan 8 days ago

    I found this video helpful, I got a 2004 audi a4 1.8t that's been sitting for 4 years. I'm going to try to get it running.

  • Dylan Negron
    Dylan Negron 9 days ago

    Start her up

  • Extraordinary
    Extraordinary 9 days ago

    1:33 nice ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • NW_orange
    NW_orange 9 days ago

    2020 anyone?

  • Erin Byers
    Erin Byers 9 days ago +1

    i wunder wat the oil tastes like

  • Jason Smith
    Jason Smith 10 days ago

    Hey CF I have a 07 versa with a bad pump I order one but the original one had a non serviceable filter on it the replacement had nothing how do I get another sock filter for it. A weird question I know, but this is where I am.

  • Alperen Uğur
    Alperen Uğur 11 days ago

    Maan how far this car have come, I've learned a lot from it.Thank you Chris :]

  • Random Internet Guy
    Random Internet Guy 11 days ago +1

    3:36 Pokemon!

    KLE RAIN 11 days ago +1

    Awesome video. Im a 61 yr old female and Chris made me feel like I can do this lol
    The only question I have is should tap water go into the battery water reservoirs or something else. My daughters old car has a fairly new battery and her car has been sitting unused for 8 months. I thought I may as well use her battery in my car.
    Thanks for a great video

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  11 days ago

      Thanks a lot! I would use distilled water and nothing else if you are going to be doing that, also make sure you wear all the proper safety gear!

  • John S.B
    John S.B 13 days ago

    Wonderful car😍

  • Cameron Bell
    Cameron Bell 13 days ago

    Looking into buying an 86 Accord as a project car. This video was very useful for me, Thanks for the AWESOME video as usual Chris!

  • Cheeesyy vids
    Cheeesyy vids 13 days ago

    I have the same shorts that I have

  • Dharak
    Dharak 14 days ago +4

    Who is waching in 2020??

  • Anshveer Dhaliwal
    Anshveer Dhaliwal 15 days ago +1

    Rip the bird

  • CRussell 7854
    CRussell 7854 15 days ago

    Extra lubrication is never a bad thing = the wetter the better

  • Kristian Mestousis
    Kristian Mestousis 16 days ago +1

    Got any tips for starting a car that's been sitting for 20 years+ (I'm serious) the car is a ford falcon xp ute (1964) inline six 3.3 or 2.6 L (no engine management) I just need a bit of tips to help her run

  • Sandra Ramirez
    Sandra Ramirez 17 days ago

    I want to meet you you are the best

  • xleonxledgardx 2
    xleonxledgardx 2 17 days ago +1

    Start pumping and it’s gonna prevent suction 😂😂😂

  • xERGx
    xERGx 18 days ago +1

    I thought it was a butterfly not a hummingbird

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  18 days ago +1

      It was definitely a hummingbird

  • Aiden Bernier
    Aiden Bernier 18 days ago +1

    1:52 ._.

  • Rio blyth
    Rio blyth 19 days ago

    Can you use flogging oil in a diesel engine?

  • Motocross Max
    Motocross Max 20 days ago

    4:20-4:21 small voice crack??

  • Nikola Dimkovski
    Nikola Dimkovski 20 days ago


  • Vike
    Vike 21 day ago

    2020? 😃


    *car won't start* HEY GUYS CRISFIX HERE!!!!

  • Jacob Santana
    Jacob Santana 22 days ago

    I'm watching this in advance for when I put my car in storage for a few years

  • AuTo Vine
    AuTo Vine 22 days ago

    Chrisfix: genius

  • TylerThaGamer
    TylerThaGamer 22 days ago

    RIP Humming bird...One day i was adding air to my tire and saw bird tail feathers sticking out of my wheel well. I unscrewed the panel and an old dead bird fell out YUCK lmao

  • Gregory Southerland
    Gregory Southerland 26 days ago

    how do i check the coolant if there is no coolant

  • Ralof
    Ralof 26 days ago

    1:30 that aint the only thing you want to slide in and out.

  • Tam Ly
    Tam Ly 27 days ago +13

    Normal person when their car brakes, huh what happened?🧐😭
    ChrisFix. YES I have another video idea!😀

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  26 days ago +1

      Haha I'm glad you see how it is!

  • op bearer
    op bearer 27 days ago +2

    My Mazda B2000 been sitting for 3 years. I'll try to start it. Update: I changed the power brake booster and now the brake pedal is hard. I also changed the slave cylinder and it still leaking and I can't find where it's leaking. So I got mad and walked away 3 years ago.

  • ExistenceExarch gacha
    ExistenceExarch gacha 27 days ago +1

    1:23 wtf?

  • Balder Hjortbøl
    Balder Hjortbøl 27 days ago

    2019 dec.?

  • Luke Yeeterman
    Luke Yeeterman 28 days ago

    How many times have i rewatched this video?!!!

  • mintytxe
    mintytxe 28 days ago +5

    This is happening to me right now on Xmas eve today when I was suppose to go to my family’s house I’m crying please like to make my Xmas eve better by liking

  • shaezee
    shaezee 28 days ago

    I always use the old gas in my generator😂 runs like a charm 😆

  • Shirya
    Shirya 28 days ago +3

    Key goes in and out:
    Me and my friend that are hyper about dead memes: 69

  • Shirya
    Shirya 28 days ago

    I thought this car was an old ford . I have no idea what car though. 1993? something with a c . Cobra I think??

  • Hdhdhjrfn Hdgdbfb
    Hdhdhjrfn Hdgdbfb 29 days ago +1

    What’s the name of the mustang

  • Ougo Cs
    Ougo Cs Month ago +1

    My dad sucked first the gas with jos mouth and he took some of gas of the truck

  • R Czar
    R Czar Month ago +1

    Can I send you BMW so you can fix it? Lol

    • R Czar
      R Czar 29 days ago

      @ChrisFix I been on a binge with your videos. You just make it look so easy is crazy.

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  29 days ago +1

      That's why I make my videos!

  • TheSystemGuy64
    TheSystemGuy64 Month ago +1

    Chrisfix: *Injects Soapy Wooder*
    Chrisfix: *IT WORKED!*

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  29 days ago

      Why didn't I think of that? :o

  • Jjpokecatcher
    Jjpokecatcher Month ago

    Face reveal plz

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  29 days ago

      10 million subs and I'll do one!

  • Nuth34d
    Nuth34d Month ago

    what model/year is that mustang ?

  • Ihsaan Solien
    Ihsaan Solien Month ago


  • Hunter Brosnan
    Hunter Brosnan Month ago

    You know nothing about cars let's see you take that engine in that peace of shit mustang completely apart and put it back together in 30 minutes..

  • Felipe
    Felipe Month ago

    1. Put the key in
    2. Turn on the exhaust

  • محمد الغامدي


  • Toucan •
    Toucan • Month ago

    O neat, I have a 99 Mustang

  • Benjo TNB
    Benjo TNB Month ago +1

    *How/Where do I throw the old engine oil ?* Really curious to know 🤔

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  Month ago +1

      Put it in an authorized container and call local parts stores to see if they will take it, if they don't then call your town to see where you can recycle the used oil!

  • John Brown
    John Brown Month ago

    He does know that there is a key release right?

  • Aaron Jackson
    Aaron Jackson Month ago +1

    Great video man I’m trying to start up my 1964 Pontiac tempest I hope this’ll help