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Old 01-20-2016, 07:24 PM
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triton has been sitting 3 years. tips?

Hello i might be getting an E250 it has a V8 triton i am not sure if its a 5.4 or 4.6, but i do know it has been sitting for about 3 1/2 years and its gonna either be free or very cheap so i would like to get it running since there was nothing wrong with it when it was parked!

What i would like to know is will the spark plugs be even harder to remove since its been sitting? and if so what should i do before i take them out... soak them in penetrating oil? I really don't wanna break them since its an Econoline, and Econolines are a pain to just remove spark plugs! I don't even wanna try an remove broken ones!

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first thing i would do is drain the gas tank, and flush the fuel lines and fuel rail to get as much of the bad gas out as possible. then put 10 gallons of fresh gas in the tank and try to get it running.
it will run like crap until you get all the bad gas out of the system and get the injectors cleaned.
once it is running ok then i would change the oil and filter,trans fluid and filter, plus the fuel filter.
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agree...except I would go for five gallons.
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My WAG would be plug removal shouldn't be any more difficult after so much sitting time. At any rate follow replacing the gasoline first before getting it running first.

Speaking of that depending on the climate where its been sitting should any sort of pre-starting steps be followed----like turning the crank by hand first?
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my 2000 sat for 8 years when i got it running. the fuel was so bad it actually turned to varnish. it took close to 2 months to get the crap out of the system enough where it would actually accelerate when stepping on the throttle enough so it could be safely driven on the road.
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My WAG would be plug removal shouldn't be any more difficult after so much sitting time. At any rate follow replacing the gasoline first before getting it running first.

Speaking of that depending on the climate where its been sitting should any sort of pre-starting steps be followed----like turning the crank by hand first?
its been sitting in gainesville FL so its pretty humid
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You need to just ignore the spark plugs for now. You can replace them after you get it running. get it nice and hot a couple times. if it really needs a set, then yes, penetrating oil is a great idea.
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agreed. sitting will not hurt the plugs, it is the bad gas in the system that turns to varnish that screws everything up.
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agreed. sitting will not hurt the plugs, it is the bad gas in the system that turns to varnish that screws everything up.
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Thanks for all the replys! once i get it, and IF i get it running im not sure what to do with it! maybe make it a dually van?!
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or a demo derby rig with lots of cameras filming every angle of the action!!!
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