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What's the best way to start my standing 1996 Ford Mondeo?

My 1996 Ford Mondeo been standing for three years. What is the best way to approach starting it again? I've fitted a new battery but it didn't start. The previous owner said it needed a fuel pump and I'm not sure what's the best way to proceed.

Asked on 2 May 2017 by andrew duff

Answered by Keith Moody
The first thing you'll need to do is check for leaks underneath the car - this will give you an idea of what's perished/leaking and what isn't. If you just want to get it running, then you'll need fresh fuel, a fully-charged battery, and a fair wind. Even though it's only been standing a few years, you could be at the mercy of a few things like a stuck clutch or that failed fuel pump. If it was a non-runner when you bought it, then I'll hazard a guess that the car needed more than a new fuel pump. You don't say whether it's a petrol or a diesel - if it's the latter, you'll probably need to bleed the system to get it going. If you're a bit out of your depth, then call in some help.
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