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Smart for Two sitting 4 years, how to start?

A family member parked his 2009 Smart for Two in our garage about four years ago then moved out of state; no prep of any kind was done to the car before it was parked. Now we need to move it, where can I get a list of things to check, fix or maintain before we attempt to start it? I'm assuming the battery is dead so I'll replace it. What else are the must-do items before I attempt to turn the key? I don't want to cause any more harm than sitting all this time has probably already done. Please shoot me your suggestions. Thanks.
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Usually to get cars to run itís just the battery.
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4 years is quite a long time. I would do much more than a battery.
Check the pistons are not seized, I guess pulling the plugs, which is a hassle, and turn it over. Maybe spray some oil into the cylinders and let set for a day first.
Change the oil and filter, tranny fluid, and check the coolant.
So, that is my thoughts... I am sure others will offer advice.... its all good.
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I doubt four years will seize the engine. I've purchased motorcycles that have sat for far far longer untouched with engines that remained free. That said, a little oil into the cylinders can't hurt.

What I would do is add fresh fuel, change the oil, get it a new battery, then let it rip. Since you just need to move it and not necessarily make it roadworthy, you can skip stuff like checking rubber for cracking.
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Fresh fuel, new battery, new oil, air in the tires. (I bet there some major tire flat spots). Optional check the condition of the antifreeze. Might want to add some fuel injectors cleaner, in the tank, before filling up. Injectors, might be gummed up. The solution should clean up the complete fuel system. The old gas has to be bad.

Other wise the little puppy, should start right up.
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Slow charge the battery, like 2-4 amps per hour...
Remove the spark plugs, pour a tablespoon of clean oil down, replace plugs...

Sta-bil in the gas, air in tires.
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..check tire condition for cracking and air up if you're going to be on the road...the flat spot will go away after warm up and a few miles
...pull plugs and spray wd40 or other lube ....not much...a squirt or two will do
...fresh gas for sure...and fresh oil to get rid of the acidity in the oil...An oil's acidity levels can be affected by oxidation, additive degradation and oil degradation from sitting
... most important...with plugs remove hit the starter to build oil pressure and lube all bearings...do not start without getting all the bearings wet...trust me on this one...

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Key fob also.................

Not just a new battery in the car. Also put new batteries in the 2 key fobs................
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