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how often should the engine be started?

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1 how often should the engine be started? on 3rd November 2017, 7:16 pm

Daveymeladdy

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My car is in for major body work at the mo, the guy said I probably wont get it back until just before Christmas. bearing in mind I droped it off first week in October, will it be Ok just sat there? You hear stories of people starting their engines after a while and then oil p*ssing out everywhere as all the seals had dried out.
Should I go up and run it up to temperature a few times or can I forget about it until December?

2 Re: how often should the engine be started? on 3rd November 2017, 7:33 pm

johnny gtir

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This time of year I would run it up a couple of times plus the battery needs keep topped up mate

3 Re: how often should the engine be started? on 3rd November 2017, 7:41 pm

ROB_IOW

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If it were me I'd put a solar charger on it and forget about it .

4 Re: how often should the engine be started? on 3rd November 2017, 8:10 pm

Mr B

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10 or 11 weeks then ...
I wouldn't worry about it at all for such a short period and fact it likely inside .
even 2 yrs not a big deal for cars/engines stored inside in reasonable conditions .

5 Re: how often should the engine be started? on 3rd November 2017, 8:29 pm

Daveymeladdy

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The car is kind of inside, it's in a typical steel frame open sided garage. It's it bits at the mo but I just don't want to spend all this money on it then the engine gets knackered by not being used. Usually it's driven at least once every 4 weeks.
I'm not too worried about the battery, just the mechanics

6 Re: how often should the engine be started? on 3rd November 2017, 10:12 pm

ROB_IOW

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They'll be fine .   My EVO and 306 cabby both sit  for 6 months from October till April  
EVO in the garage and 306 under car port  been doing this for 6 years and never had an issue .  

The evo has a battery conditioner on it and I just disconnect the 306's battery .  
They are both running the batteries  they had on then when I bought the cars over 8 years ago


All I do is make sure I've taken them for a run and got the engine and exhast system hot before I park them up . Then I don't touch them till April

7 Re: how often should the engine be started? on 4th November 2017, 12:23 am

johnboy

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My Rasheen's been outside for the last 3 or 4 months with battery disconnected. Went out on Monday connected battery, checked tyre pressures and drove it straight off for an MOT.
Passed with no advisories.... Very Happy Very Happy

8 Re: how often should the engine be started? on 4th November 2017, 1:46 pm

Ryaneg6freak


I've left cars sitting for over 3 years and restarted them with no issues. I wouldn't worry too much about that.

9 Re: how often should the engine be started? on 4th November 2017, 8:36 pm

Cosmic73

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@Ryaneg6freak wrote:I've left cars sitting for over 3 years and restarted them with no issues. I wouldn't worry too much about that.

Las Vegas climate, could probably leave it 10 years and it would be fine, Very Happy

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