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87 XJ6 wont turn over
03-24-2012, 04:02 PM (This post was last modified: 03-24-2012 04:04 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: 87 XJ6 wont turn over
That depends on how much of a hill it is and how low the fuel is. There is no set rule and it will vary by make.

As for the fuel, if it was orange and smelled like old boat varnish you could have many other issues. The "varnish" is exactly that and coats everything in the system, and may even cause injectors to stick solid. (open or closed) Hopefully some new gas and some injector cleaner will do the trick at cleaning up any residue. You may as well add extra injector cleaner... maybe a double or tripple dose based on the instructions. It can't hurt and may help. I'd do anything to avoid taking the system apart.

BTW, just a set of guide lines I have developed over the years on old gas...
First year... probably wont hurt anything but may cause hard starting issues.
Second year... starts to smell bad and will certainly cause starting issues. May not start at all.
Third year.... will certainly smell bad, will certainly cause starting issues, and 50/50 chance of causing system issues. IOW, need to flush the system and possibly replace parts like injectors, fuel pressure regulator, fuel filter (clogged), etc.

If you had the forethought to add fuel stabilizer before storage you may avoid costly repairs but still have starting issues after a year or two as the volatile compounds in the gas evaporate with time. IOW, the gas will not turn to varnish but will not burn as easily. At any rate, old gas needs to be drained and disposed of (properly) and new gas will need to be added to properly diagnose things.

In your case you need to solve the problems you know about to reduce the possibilities. IOW, you know the plugs are black and you know the fuel is old. Start there and see what happens. In the meanwhile stick a battery charger on it to minimize that problem as you work on other things. It's frustrating to have the battery be weak when it's just about to start!
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87 XJ6 wont turn over - gipper444 - 03-23-2012, 10:06 PM
RE: 87 XJ6 wont turn over - Rupe - 03-23-2012, 11:57 PM
RE: 87 XJ6 wont turn over - gipper444 - 03-24-2012, 12:38 AM
RE: 87 XJ6 wont turn over - Rupe - 03-24-2012, 10:51 AM
RE: 87 XJ6 wont turn over - gipper444 - 03-24-2012, 02:18 PM
RE: 87 XJ6 wont turn over - Rupe - 03-24-2012, 02:29 PM
RE: 87 XJ6 wont turn over - gipper444 - 03-24-2012, 02:45 PM
RE: 87 XJ6 wont turn over - Rupe - 03-24-2012 04:02 PM

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