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Starting a 1997 model Tata Sumo after 12 years

Tata Motors had launched several iconic models in the market. One such vehicle that was popular among Indian buyers in the 90s was Tata Sumo. The Sumo by Tata Motors was launched in 1994 and it quickly became popular among buyers for its utilitarian design and practicality. The Sumo was even used by several government agencies as official vehicle for years. The name of the MUV was not inspired from the Sumo wrestler but  from the brands former Managing Director of the company Mr. Sumant Moolgaokar. Finding a Tata Sumo on road these days is a task as it has been discontinued from the market. Here we have a video where a group of mechanic attempt to start a Tata Sumo that has been parked in the porch for over 12 years.

The video has been uploaded by Yathra Today on their YouTube channel. In this video, vlogger and his friend go to a house where a Tata Sumo has been parked for the last 12 years. One of his subscriber had told vlogger about this Sumo. Vlogger took the challenge and visited the house where the MUV was parked.

The condition of the Sumo was pathetic. There was dust all over the car along with dried leaves and one of the window of the Sumo was left open which meant dust was inside the cabin as well. The owner mentioned that they had moved to a new house and since then the car was not used. Vlogger takes key from the owner and opens the door. Rust is visible on most of the panels. Vlogger opens the door and bonnet. After opening the bonnet carefully, they check radiator for water and also the dip stick for engine oil level.

There was engine oil in the car but the radiator was completely dry. They filled the radiator removed the old battery from the car which was completely discharged. They were carrying new battery with them. There was fuel left in the tank and the vlogger and his friend starting pumping the fuel in an attempt to start the car. They tried the same thing several time but, it was of no use. The  quality of diesel that was lying inside the tank had deteriorated over the years and they removed.

Restarting a 1997 Tata Sumo after 12 years [Video]

They came up with a temporary solution where the pump was taking fuel from an external tank instead of the one in the tank. After this they removed the fuel injector pipes and checked for any possible blocks. Thankfully the pipes were all good. Even after cleaning and fixing so many things, Tata Sumo was not showing any positive signs. Vlogger played around with some more things in the engine bay and finally the engine started.

The owner was happy to see the car start. There was thick black smoke coming out from the exhaust. The vlogger attempts to move the car forward and manages to do it successfully. He parks the MUV back in to the porch. The Sumo was in working condition but, the body panels require attention as most of them have rusted.




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