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Old 05-30-2006, 07:08 PM
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siezed engine

Well after sitting for a couple years my zephyr ceased up on me. It was runing and driving when parked, I probabaly should have poured a bottle of oil in the carb and turned it over a few times after parking it but I didnt expect it to sit this long. I usually just pull the plugs, douse the cylinders with penetrating oil, give it a couple days then turn over with a breaker bar on the crank bolt but really dont want to chance breaking a ring or worse yet a piston on this engine as they are impossible to find parts for over here....

I got a bit done on the zeph this weekend, filled the tires and pulled it back about 5 feet so I could get in there to work on it (not easy when your pulling with a turbo sprint on wet grass ) removed the radiator, hoses, air filter, poured some oil in the plug holes aswell as a bit in the carb, couldnt get it moving with the breaker bar on the bolt, the bolt turned about a turn or so then I got paranoid of breaking the bolt in the crank and stopped.

I'm going to try and get it to solid ground then try rocking it back and forth as suggested by someone else, the oil is clean (no moisture and was changed right before it was parked) and the choke was only open a bit while it sat so hopefully after soaking in oil for a few days the pistons will break loose.

Anyone have any tips on getting the old engine turning again before I pull it?

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Scott

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Old 05-30-2006, 08:09 PM
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Sounds more like a DEceased engine to me.

Or perhaps you meant siezed.

Just kidding,try turning it with a breaker bar,or jump starting it.
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Rather than break something, I would pull the head(s) and soak the cylinders with Kroil.
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Rather than break something, I would pull the head(s) and soak the cylinders with Kroil.
Tearing it apart is something i'm really trying to avoid at the moment as I dont have anywhere to work on the car, its under a carport 35km from where I live on a property that has been sold, i've got a week to get it gone from there.


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marvel mystery oil in the cylinders for a day. and then a breaker bar used with care.
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A mix of diesel fuel and ATF works good for me.There will be a good chance of an intake valve or two that were open may be stuck when you get the motor loose.
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I have always heard that using Coke Cola in the cylinders will break them loose same as Kroil but much cheaper. Good Luck
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Well I got some diesel and atf, mixed it up, and went to try and free up the engine, before I started doing anything I tried one last time to turn it over, put on my breaker bar and it turned! the first few revolutions were a bit tight but after that it spun over easily by just turning the fan blades (I had the plugs out already) I guess that bit of mobil1 10W30 I poured in there last time was enough to free it up. I still poured some of my diesel/atf mixture in to the plug holes and spun it over a few dozen times. The funny thing is that it didnt even make any scraping noises like there was rust in the cylinders or anything. I will get some fresh plugs, gas, and clean up the points, hopefully move it under its own power next time I go out there.

Thanks for everyones suggestions on my 'ceased' engine
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