Unfortunately my 98 SLK230 has been sitting in my garage for far too long. Now I need to drain the fuel tank and add fresh fuel so it doesn't become just a boat anchor. What's the easiest way to do this?
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Automotive machinery doesn't like to sit for such long periods of time without use. The worst thing for any car is to sit for such a long time without being prepped for storage.
Put a few gallons of fresh fuel in, add some fuel stabilizer or other additive to soak up water in the fuel, and run it until the exhaust system is thoroughly warmed up through and through to burn off condensation. Then change the fuel and other filters, change the engine oil and filter ... check the condition of the belts, brake lines, etc etc.
A lot of the work I've put into my recently purchased 2000 SLK is to bring it back to daily service from sitting for the eight months since it was repossessed by the bank (and a couple of things that are just natural age related from being 12 years old and 123K miles on the clock ...).