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#1 S3EEV-117

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 02:15 PM

Hi all,

 

Ive got an mpi mini that has been sat in my garage for a couple of years untouched due to work and house commitments. Ive started to do various bits on the mini, such as renewing the cooling system. Before i turn the key and get the car started is there anything i should do/look out for? Obviously dont want to damage the engine without checking something simple.

 

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#2 Wiggy

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 02:49 PM

Oil change (preferably), fresh battery, fresh petrol. Remove coil pack and injector plugs. Spin engine over a good few times to lubricate. Make sure oil light has gone out.

Replace, and start.

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 03:57 PM

Top man, appreciate it. Hopefully going to tidy the engine bay up abit before i get it on the road in summer too. 



#4 jamesquintin

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 06:58 PM

The alternator may have siezed, so I would suggest loosning the fan belt and making sure it turns freely as well as the water pump

 

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 03:45 PM

Also double check the fan is free too, I've had a few that gets sticky when being sat.

#6 Midas Mk1

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:23 PM

The alternator may have siezed, so I would suggest loosning the fan belt and making sure it turns freely as well as the water pump

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+1; mine was at the body shop 6 months, nearly burned the starter out wondering why it wouldn’t start, alt seize easy on mpi’s

#7 S3EEV-117

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 11:01 AM

Cheers for the replies guys, appreciate it



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Posted 31 March 2019 - 03:33 PM

Replace brake hoses and brake fluid.

I'd also siphon all fuel out of your fuel tank. New filter, and then fresh petrol. Check fuel hoses for detioration.




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