Advice on 2013 Camry parked and not started for 2 years !!!!!

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Good god don't change the oil, it will have a heck of a dry start after! If you must do it, do it after you get it running. Any misfires etc will then be caught up in the old oil.

Like everyone said look for rodents in the air cleaner, charge the battery, and hit the key. Modern cars with their EVAP sealed systems will hold most of the good parts of gas from evaporating. If you do put gas in, put high-test in, but do that after you get it running. Otherwise you'll have more bad gas to get rid of. It's like mixing bad milk with good milk, you just wind up with more bad milk.

If you're looking to sell it, run through that gas that's in it, then another tank of fresh fuel, so it can relearn its knock retard etc. A transmission fluid change might help it show better as would scraping all that rust off the brakes. After that you're just throwing money away. Used car prices are nuts now, so that'll sell.
 
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Whats recommend to fix the rust brakes ?? like a quick fix to get it going on the road
In most cases, the pads, rotors, and rust just make them (temporarily) stuck together. Good chance the first time you put it in drive or reverse, it won't even move unless you give it enough gas. They'll break free/loose and should be good to go. Take it for a slow drive around the neighborhood or similar and even ride the brakes a bit to "clean" the rotors. Test the brakes with a few firm stops after driving for a bit. Not emergency stops from 60 mph either, just from 30 mph or so, but slowly get faster and faster. You might even want to do a brake burnishing like you'd do with new pads/rotors - a firm stop going from 60 down to 10-15 mph and repeat this 3-4 times. Never come to a complete stop when doing this though.
 
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If you’re selling it, just get it started and go from there. I let some of my cars sit for months or more at a time. No issues. Don’t load them up until they’ve built oil pressure and idled a bit.

I suspect one might be able to pull a fuel relay and crank a bit before firing it, but that may cause other bigger issues with electrical controls. TBD. Might not be the worst idea though...
 
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The gas is probably your biggest potential problem. After you get it running fill the tank and see how it drives. Change the oil and filter after about 20 miles and try the AC to make sure it blows cold. Do the transmission and see if everything works. There are lots of vehicles, boats, and engines that haven't been run for two years and they usually run ok. Since it's a good reliable base vehicle you have very decent odds it should be fairly trouble free even thought it hasn't been run for a while. Let us know how it turns out.
 
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