How can I prevent damage to a Honda Silverwing engine that hasn't been started in a long time?

by Jay

Hello! I would like to buy a 2004 Honda Silver Wing that has not been started for between 18 to 24 months. Can you tell me what procedures I should follow, what I need to do to make sure I don't damage the engine before I attempt to start it?

(It has 3000 miles on the engine and looks to be in very good physical condition) PLEASE HELP! Thanks. Jay

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May 05, 2010
My Best Guess
by: Jim Zeiser

I'm from the school of charge it up, change the oil and see what happens. You should probably drain the gas tank, put in new gas and some Seafoam, take out the spark plugs and squirt in a small amount of light oil, make sure the battery is fully charged and fire away.

It will probably smoke for a few seconds from the oil and crud in the system, then clear up. It's fuel injected so it shouldn't be a big deal. No floats to clean, no jets to clear.

Japanese engines are tough and able to take abuse. Sitting for two years won't affect it all that much. Now if it was a Vespa, I'd say go to a shop and let them start it for you.


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