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Old 04-01-2020, 06:49 AM
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I know it is not good to let your car sit for a long time. But what is too long? Is it sufficient to start my car every few days? Or do I actuslly need to drive around a little?


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Old 04-01-2020, 06:58 AM
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Same boat, sonoma. I rarely drive and try to start my car every few days—or at least once a week. I’ve been here 2 years and so far, so good.

A neighbor (a doctor, not a mechanic) told me I should be taking the car for a short drive occasionally, that starting it isn’t enough.

I’d love to hear from an expert!

ETA: I just found this—it should fit my very occasional driving for groceries.
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Out of sight, out of mind, right? Not necessarily: We recommend driving every two to three weeks to make it less likely that you wind up with a dead battery, flat-spotted tires or other issues that can be caused by letting a car sit parked for weeks.
How does that sound to you?
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:14 AM
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We have been driving my husbandís car since the stay at home order was issued. I started my car about two weeks ago and let it run for about 15 minutes, no driving. I went out yesterday to run to the drugstore and it will not start. It is not completely dead, but we will need to take care of the problem. I will follow the info that you posted Amiga13. Thanks for sharing the info.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:08 AM
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I asked my nephew who is a mechanic. He said to drive it once a week for about a mile so the brakes don't rust out.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:45 AM
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I saw this on the news a few days ago. The recommendation was to start it and drive once a week. I have been driving every few days just to get out.


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Old 04-01-2020, 09:37 AM
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for the additional info. I should have known better than to let it sit for that long.
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Old 04-01-2020, 03:36 PM
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DH drives my momís car around town every 3 to 4 weeks. She rarely drives it, but she wants to make sure the battery doesnít run down. She did, however, learn to put a charger on the battery after she left it sit too long once.
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Old 04-01-2020, 03:41 PM
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I've been curious about this too! Thanks for the info!
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