I’ve had a multi-year battle with my 1984 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60. Today I had a small victory.
When my mechanic told me, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” I should’ve taken him more seriously. When my cars piss me off, I let it sit until I have time and money to deal with it. You can’t do that to an old Land Cruiser. The gas in the fuel tank will go stale and water will form. It can also lead to a rusty gas tank. This has happened to me twice leading to costly repairs.
Once again my FJ60 has been sitting and the gas hasn’t been changed in over 8 months! I just can’t drive it enough to deplete the gas. Today I did the following:
Emptied the tank from underneath in to a bin. I transferred the gas into safe containers and brought it to a city hazardous waste disposal location.
Added new gas but didn’t fill it up this time.
Replaced the fuel filter.
I fired up the FJ60 and drove it around. It ran like a champ.
Last time I drove it, it wouldn’t start at a Home Depot parking lot until I used starter fluid. By the looks of the fuel filter, I’m glad I changed it. I plan on changing the filter a lot until I find out where the debris is coming from. It’s not the tank since it was cleaned a few months ago plus draining the tank showed no sediment.
To be continued…