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Old 05-09-2019, 07:25 AM
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Long term storage - wake up

Not exactly hot rod related but...

I have a 2008 Mazda that has been out of commission for 3 years (engine problem). Now that I am in process of bringing it back to life I have a question about how best to deal with the fuel system.

I am considering putting a gallon of fresh fuel with a can of Seafoam in the tank and then then running the in tank pump to push the fuel through the system to the fuel rail connection, then out into a fuel can.

Any feedback on my approach or alternatives would be appreciated.

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Open one of your lines into a gas can. Turn your fuel pump on till your gauge hits E.
Inspect your lines install a new filter.

Pour in some stable then fresh gas and run it.
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If it was ethanol blend gas I would get rid of the gas but if not it it should be ok with seafoam and stabil
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I'd do nothing unless it wouldn't run. 3 years is not that long. If an issue from the fuel is going to develop, then it will be with an injector and you'll know when you start it if that's the issue.
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You may be OK in WI, but down here gas will go bad in less than a year. The heat boils off the light ends (which are required for starting) and makes for some funky sludge.

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Thanks everyone for your input.

The tank was very nearly empty and I suspect the fuel was 10% ethanol.

The only filter is part of the in tank pump unit so I don't anticipate changing it unless there is a fuel delivery problem.

I have the fuel injectors out and will check them separately.

I will put a few gallons of fresh fuel in the tank and run the in tank pump to dispense the fuel into a fuel can to flush the system out and hope for the best.
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