How often to start a parked car to keep it healthy?

How often to start a parked car to keep it healthy?

I am going to be leaving the country for six months and I will be parking my car at my grandparents house. I am planning on making the car non-opperational with the DMV to save money on auto insurance.Is my grandparents starting the car and letting it run for 20 minutes every couple of weeks enough to keep it healthy while I am gone - or does the car actually need to be driven?Thanks

Freetime

Anyone that says you are ok just letting your vehicle idle for 20 minutes and shutting it off do NOT listen to them, they don't know how the vehicle works. If you just turn on the car and let it idle for 20 minutes it will not warm up enough to get rid of the blow-by gases that come from the combustion chamber. If you just let it idle, there will be water in your oil when you get back as the water wasn't able to turn into a vapor and be removed through the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) system. I would recommend changing the oil, and inflating your tires a little more than usual so they do not go flat while you are gone. Also be sure to run it out of gas and refuel before you leave (as said in another post) as fuels may not last 6 months or more. Have someone drive your car around at least once a week for about an hour and your car will stay mint!Source(s):Experience.

Candid

Better for it to be driven for at least an hour every other week.Just starting the engine and left to idle for twenty minutes or so is actually more harmful as it doesn't get a chance to burn off excess condensation that will build up in the engine compartment.Another thing to consider is the fuel, newer ethanol fuels sour pretty quickly, turning to a jelly faster than older fuels did, if the car is fuel-injected that jelly doesn't flow through injectors very well so the ensuing damage can cost thousands of $$$$ to repair.Have your grandparents drive the car around for you, don't do a non-op and keep your insurance up to date.Source(s):Around the block a few times -D

cimra

I would change the oil, so the car sits with fresh oil in the engine, inflate the tires slightly above normal but below the max on the sidewall, disconnect the battery, that's all you need to do. When you come back, check the tire pressure, reconnect the battery and start the car. I stored vehicles this way for 10-11 months/year this way, never any issues. Anything over a year I would add fuel stabilizer to the gasoline.

gee-man

You will be fine by doing that for 6 months,tell them to also just every once in a while to just put it into gear and back it up and then forward a few times to keep the seals and gaskets from going bad in the transmission, you will be fine.,,,,,,,,,,,,,

harriot

really once a week minimum or things will start to seize in your engine or your battery could mess up. also you really need to drive the car because starting the car doesn't effect your brakes or gearbox as they can become seized.

Michael

yah thats fine. even a months ok. if its colder than two weeks is good.

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