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#1 paulfoel


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 02:36 PM

Probably 18 months since its run....


Problem a year ago I assumed was starter motor. Just a click....


Am I likely to face bigger problems now due to it not running for so long? i.e seized engine?


Its a nice mini. 1996 japanese import cooper. It does need a bit of welding though even if we can get it started.



#2 Wiggy


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 02:55 PM

18 months? Na, it'll be fine.

Is the battery healthy? It'll probably be stone dead after 18 months.

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 03:15 PM

I'd say to get a new, fully charged battery from a local garage, ask them to get one from Thier supplier.

Remove the spark plugs from the engine, fit your battery then spin the starter until you get the oil pressure light out, or 40 psi on a guage. Then replace the plugs, use fresh fuel and go for a start

#4 unburntfuelinthemorning


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Posted 01 March 2019 - 03:30 PM

As above:  sort battery, build oil pressure before starting.  Exclaim "It's alive!" in a mad scientist voice when it starts. 


Clutches can seize but it probably won't have.  Check clutch hydraulics for leaks.  Thoroughly check brakes for seizure and leaks and preferably change the brake fluid before driving and also check tyres for pressure and perishing. 

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 03:54 PM

Thanks all.

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Posted 02 March 2019 - 04:25 PM

Interestingly enough, mine had been sitting outside for maybe 3 months, damn shoes had seized to the drums. Just moved the drum slightly and it popped free... 

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