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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
Any mechanics or Car enthusiast out there??

Ive got a Suzuki Swift that hasn't moved in 4 years. Since i'm unemployed i want to try and sort it out myself.

I was planning on draining the fuel, changing the battery, changing the spark plugs.
Should i do that? and what else do i need to do?

Also the car wont move, im guessing the wheels/brakes are frozen with rust.

What do i need to do to sort it out??

Cheers
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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
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#1
One of my best cars was a Suzuki Swift! Just loved it! Dont know anything about under the bonnet though! Remember the guy at the garage telling me these had fantastic reliable engines.

I have a Suzuki Jimny now - and its great

Good luck!

(p,s RichP is a mechanic and has helped me loads!)
#2
I've got a citroen echo sat in a barn for 6 years, there was nothing wrong with it at the time, someone told me it'll need 4 new tyres for starters. It just had a new heated rear windscreen that cost £400, the garage offered me £400 trade in against my new car so I declined. Mistake probably.
#3
bossyboots
One of my best cars was a Suzuki Swift! Just loved it! Dont know anything about under the bonnet though! Remember the guy at the garage telling me these had fantastic reliable engines.I have a Suzuki Jimny now - and its greatGood luck!(p,s RichP is a mechanic and has helped me loads!)

Haha yeh i love my suzy, i hope i can resurrect her. Hopefully Rich will make a visit with some golden knowledge :)
#4
chalkysoil
I've got a citroen echo sat in a barn for 6 years, there was nothing wrong with it at the time, someone told me it'll need 4 new tyres for starters. It just had a new heated rear windscreen that cost £400, the garage offered me £400 trade in against my new car so I declined. Mistake probably.

Hmm i dnt really want to splash for a new set of tyres, but i guess they deteriate and maybe even flatspot on the part of the tire they've been sat on.

my garage wanted me to do a deal when the scrappage scheme was on, but you have to get it to mot standard first, then buy a new car lol, my budget wouldn't fit that....but its led to loads of perfectly good running cars being cubed, what a waste, and great for the environment lol

hopefully some advice can help you as well chalky soil
#5
RichP's profile if u maybe want to send him a message. There are other mechanics on here but cant think of their user names! Rich is great and will definitely advise u best he can :)
#6
bossyboots
RichP's profile if u maybe want to send him a message. There are other mechanics on here but cant think of their user names! Rich is great and will definitely advise u best he can :)

Cheers bossy, great help :)
shame rep doesn't exist anymore. Will just have to put it down to your good deed for the day :)
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I can tell you that will need to release the handbrake now if not already done as the pads will sieze during a long lay up. If the wheels are locked up, when you get the engine running just gently go back and forwards slightly until the pads release. You may have some issues with fuel as it can 'wax' up carbs and injectors but it should be well worth getting the battery charged and give it a go. Tyres if deflated will perish quicker, just check the sidewalls for cracking
#8
mosskeeto
I can tell you that will need to release the handbrake now if not already done as the pads will sieze during a long lay up. If the wheels are locked up, when you get the engine running just gently go back and forwards slightly until the pads release. You may have some issues with fuel as it can 'wax' up carbs and injectors but it should be well worth getting the battery charged and give it a go. Tyres if deflated will perish quicker, just check the sidewalls for cracking


+1

In fact you'll probably need new brakes, More likely the rear ones, When drums seize they can be a real pain, They may release but may stick again as soon as their reapplied. It depends how much moisture especially in cold freezing weather. My Sister in laws car was not run over Christmas last year and we had snow, It buggered her drums up and had to have them changed.

May I also add, Suzuki Swift is an absolute monster of a car, The worse ever experience of driving I've ever had was in a Suzuki Swift, No power steering, Had to be superman to turn a corner lol. Other than not having power steering it was ok I suppose and reliable.
#9
Haha well mines got power steering, would hate a car without lol.

With the handbrake are u saying, take it off i.e put the handle down. or that i have to do something more mechanic like lol

p.s. new brakes sound expensive, is that something i would be able to do, or is it pretty tricky??
#10
bossyboots
One of my best cars was a Suzuki Swift! Just loved it! Dont know anything about under the bonnet though! Remember the guy at the garage telling me these had fantastic reliable engines.I have a Suzuki Jimny now - and its greatGood luck!(p,s RichP is a mechanic and has helped me loads!)

I had a gold Jimney (loved it ) but had to sell as when my son came along there wasnt enough boot space :(......still see it round an about and sooo wish i could have it back , lol
#11
Number1One
Haha well mines got power steering, would hate a car without lol.

With the handbrake are u saying, take it off i.e put the handle down. or that i have to do something more mechanic like lol

p.s. new brakes sound expensive, is that something i would be able to do, or is it pretty tricky??


What happens that because the handbrake is mechanical and exposed under the car all of the parts tend to seize if they are not used. If you release the handbrake handle and spray the components with WD40. It should release it after a time.
#12
I had a 306 that i left on my parents drive for 3 years while i was away at uni. When I came back to it my mum bet me £100 it wouldnt start first time after a new battery and it did! All I did was replace the battery, luckily i'd left the brakes off while it was there but other than that it wasn't touched for three years! Loved that car.
#13
mosskeeto
What happens that because the handbrake is mechanical and exposed under the car all of the parts tend to seize if they are not used. If you release the handbrake handle and spray the components with WD40. It should release it after a time.

Cheers govner, i'll give that a go once my axel stands arrive
#14
dh058977
I had a 306 that i left on my parents drive for 3 years while i was away at uni. When I came back to it my mum bet me £100 it wouldnt start first time after a new battery and it did! All I did was replace the battery, luckily i'd left the brakes off while it was there but other than that it wasn't touched for three years! Loved that car.

Exactly why mine was left, hope mines as easy to get started lol, but i know the wheels are locked. And i read something about petrol seperating and going all weird after a while, thats why i was going to drain the tank.
#15
Number1One
dh058977
I had a 306 that i left on my parents drive for 3 years while i was away at uni. When I came back to it my mum bet me £100 it wouldnt start first time after a new battery and it did! All I did was replace the battery, luckily i'd left the brakes off while it was there but other than that it wasn't touched for three years! Loved that car.
Exactly why mine was left, hope mines as easy to get started lol, but i know the wheels are locked. And i read something about petrol seperating and going all weird after a while, thats why i was going to drain the tank.

I was shocked that mine even started let alone passed an MOT! Safe to say my mum didnt pay up!
#16
dh058977
I was shocked that mine even started let alone passed an MOT! Safe to say my mum didnt pay up!

lol Send the Baliffs round ;)
banned#17
Well when the scrap yard came and picked up my mum's car they whacked the wheel bolts with a sledge hammer till the wheels moved. Wouldn't do that if they're alloy though. When laying a car up you should disengage the hand brake and chock it. Too late for that i guess.

Petrol wise unclip the petrol hose running under the car. If its electrically pumped you'll have to crank the engine. Depending on how many litres you've got in there your probably better off just running it through the engine.
#18
lumoruk
Well when the scrap yard came and picked up my mum's car they whacked the wheel bolts with a sledge hammer till the wheels moved. Wouldn't do that if they're alloy though. When laying a car up you should disengage the hand brake and chock it. Too late for that i guess.Petrol wise unclip the petrol hose running under the car. If its electrically pumped you'll have to crank the engine. Depending on how many litres you've got in there your probably better off just running it through the engine.

Cheers, yeh i guess i should of looked at how to store a car properly 4 years ago haha
might leave the sledgehammer as a last resort, sounds a bit brutal lol...might mess the balance up aswell?
ive no idea how much petrol is in there, dont really want to run it through the engine 'just in case' dont want to cause anymore problems lol. Is it obvious which the petrol hose is??
banned#19
Number1One

Cheers, yeh i guess i should of looked at how to store a car properly 4 years ago haha
might leave the sledgehammer as a last resort, sounds a bit brutal lol...might mess the balance up aswell?
ive no idea how much petrol is in there, dont really want to run it through the engine 'just in case' dont want to cause anymore problems lol. Is it obvious which the petrol hose is??


I say about the petrol because if there is 40 litres of petrol, where are you going to store/dispose of it.
banned#20
when you take the rear wheel of you should see 2 fat screws take them off and give few Wacks with hammer on the edge of drums, it should un-seize then with few squirts of wd40 the drums should turn freely with hands then simply put back both screws. as for the fuel there should be some Additives in the car accessory market!!!
#21
Hadn't thought about where u dispose of petrol, do tips take it?

cheers zeekir, i'll give it a go. Just gotta wait for my axel stands to arrive
#22
Keep the petrol for Nov 5th

I'd just use it though - condensation it the tank will be the only problem. the petrol should be fine to put back in once drained.
#23
sorry I didn't pick up your pm, I've just got in & catching up on things, nearly 400 e-mails of junk & two letters through the post, junk as well, I've been in France for the week fishing, with no tv,radio or internet, absolute bliss !!!!

sorry I digressed a bit, how did you get on with the car ?
#24
What made you leave it there in the first place?
I wouldn't really care about the tyres/brakes etc. No point splashing cash if it doesn't turn over..

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