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sgillees

sgillees 4/2/2019

2000 Honda S2000 Base 4 Cyl 2.00L

Engine

After long term storage...

I usually store my 19 years old roadster with less than 30,000 miles over Wisconsin winters. Before storing I change the conventional oil, top off the fuel and add Sea-Foam.
In 2018 I ended up working out of state a lot and never took the car out. So now the oil has been in for 18 months although essentially no use.
As I plan taking it out of storage, now, is there advise about how to best manage this situation, specifically relating to oil, fuel, and any other issues?
Thanks!

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Jimm

Jimm 4/4/2019

Change the engine oil, check and clean the air filter, charge the battery. Start it up and drive.

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sgillees 4/4/2019

Thanks Jimm!
So, just to be clear, should I change the oil in my driveway before starting the engine, or would it be OK to drive it

sgillees

sgillees 4/4/2019

(Sorry all, having difficulty navigating this format. I meant to write:)
Thanks Jimm!
So, just to be clear, should I change the oil in my driveway before starting the engine, or would it be OK to drive it less than 5 miles to have someone do the oil change for me?
Also, what do you think about 18-months-old fuel?

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Jimm 4/4/2019

The 18 month old fuel may be stale, and may require to be drained out of the fuel tank and replaced with new.

Jimm

Jimm 4/4/2019

I would change the engine oil, and filter - as good practice, mostly due to the potential moisture build-up inside the engine and crankcase, and ambient temperature changes over the 18 month period.

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