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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-18-2016, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Recommended maintenance for a truck that sat unused for a *long* time

A buddy of mine has an opportunity to buy a 2006 Canyon crew cab that has been barely ever driven from an in-law that recently passed away. And by barely, I mean it only has around 3,000 miles after 10 years.
I saw the truck in passing when we visited a couple weeks ago and from the outside it's spotless with no visible rust. On the other hand, I know when a vehicle sits for a long time it's more likely for things to start going bad (seals, fluids, etc). It does start, run, and drive but it probably wouldn't be wise to start putting miles on it that may wreck something. If he were to buy this truck with the intention of driving it every day, what things should he immediately service/replace?

I came up with:
  • Change oil/filter
  • New tires (dry rotted probably)
  • Flush coolant?
  • Change transmission/diff fluid?

What others would you put on the list? I'm thinking to wait for leaks to appear before investing a bunch of money into replacing the various gaskets and seals on the engine and transmission.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-18-2016, 08:30 AM
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Hope that the truck has been stored in a location free of rodents. If not, there could be wiring problems. In addition to the above, a new battery would probably be in order. Maybe drain out the old gas.
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I think you have a good list. Maybe add fuel filter. Also check the air box for mice nests and replace the air filter if it's nasty

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Well....that all depends on how much $$ you want to put into it. To get an exact list, you should talk to someone who restores vehicles on a regular basis.

Engine flush prior to oil change?? I've heard pros & cons to this and not sure its a good idea or not. Again - ask a professional auto restorer what they do.

Transmission flush? Again, ask a professional.

Yes to the Diff oil & transfer case oil change.

Yes to Radiator flush/ and change.

Yes to changing tires, rotation and maybe even an allignment.

Check Brakes & rotors - bleed the brakes all around and get new fluid in there. Insect rear brakes too - cylinders are prone to rust/cracked seals/leaking.

Steering fluid flush & fill.

Clutch fluid flush & fill (if applicable).

How's the gas tank & fluid system? I'm thinking of the gas tank and the potential for water & condensation being in it...rotting out parts/pump, etc. Obviously...concerns with injectors/fuel filter, etc.

Spark Plugs.... Check wires and ignition system.

Air filter - and obvious one. Make sure there are no mice living in it!! LOL

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Thanks for the quick replies all. Sounds like pretty much anything that's an oil or fluid should be replaced along with their respective filters. After that keep an eye on which seals start to go bad and replace as needed.

I did see a rat in the neighborhood while I was there and the potential *good* news is that they're so huge they probably wouldn't fit into the engine compartment!

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