Truck been sitting for 2 years

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  1. kenn2632

    kenn2632 Light Load Member

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    Can you guys tell me the risk of buying a truck that's been sitting for 2 years. It's a 2006 freightliner classic with a cat C15. I have the opportunity to purchase the truck, but would like some feedback before pulling the trigger?
     
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  2. ltzSupra

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    I had my 2006 Freightliner Columbia sit for 3 years before I started running it. Before I put it on the road, I changed all the wheel seals, brake shoes and drums, every single rubber hose on the motor, all the shock absorbers, and flushed all fluids including, transmission, differentials, radiator and of course the motor. Haven't had any problems so far 4 years later. But I knew the trucks history. Find out from the owner the reason why it was parked up.
     
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  3. Chubby Fly

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    well hopefully they started it every month or so to keep things lubricated and cycle the brakes. 2 years isnt that bad though. 5-10 years with no start is bad.
     
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  4. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I had an 03 Columbia that sat for 2 years when I went to work overseas. Started it once at @ a yr an ran it for a while. When I got ready to run I changed all of the coolant hoses and changed the oil. Didn't mess with the wheel seals but I did keep a close eye on them and did have one of the drive seals start leaking. Ran the truck 2 more years with only regular maintenance.
     
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  5. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    The risk is potentially enormous.

    I’d never buy one without being able to pull an oil sample and dyno for operating inspection.
     
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  6. The Biggest Dawg

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    How do you pull an oil sample without making a mess? What if the oil change is fresh?
     
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  7. Chubby Fly

    Chubby Fly Light Load Member

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    Most cats have the quick valve installed in oil pan. You just put a coffee cup under it and fill her up.
     
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  8. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Then you walk away.
     
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  9. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Honestly - it’s like buying anything without knowing if it works.

    I’d never do it with a truck unless it was selling for scrap price.
     
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  10. jeastonjr

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    When you start the engine look for blowby. This will tell you a lot.
     
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