Acura RSX sat for 6 months. What should I do?

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#1

I bought a new car and meant to use my Acrua every once and a while, but during the winter the battery died and I am just now getting around to replacing it. I got it running again with a new battery, but when I started driving it gave a rough sound like the wheels were rusty or something. What changes/help should I make to the car before taking it out for a real test drive?


#2

Probably has rust on the brake rotors - needs to be driven and brakes used gently at first and then firmly. Do the brakes work well without pulling to one side? That’s what to expect. After a good drive with firm braking is there a noticeably hotter brake? That needs to be addressed. But chances are all will be OK.


#3

I’d fill up the gas tank and use up most of it, then fill it again. Add some Stabil so you won’t have to worry if this happens again.


#4

I haven’t driven my '87 Toyota pickup since 2017 March; I don’t see why I’ll drive it until 2019 February. I expect it to start up and drive immediately, with the help of a battery booster I keep charged on a lower shelf in case I need to drive it. I typically drive it once a year. The only time I had a problem with the brakes was because the lining had worn out. The wear sensor makes a scraping sound. That could be your problem. Keep it in mind.


#5

Great! I’m wondering about the oil, coolant, filters, or anything of that nature. From what I’m hearing those do not need to be worried about beyond the usual mileage markers?


#6

How long since the oil? months/miles? If it’s going to sit a while again, I’d change it, regardless.


#7

It’s mileage/time markers. Check your owner’s manual. The time limits become important when a car is not used much.


#8

I don’t know who you are listening to . The tires need to be checked for dry rot after setting for 6 months. Why would you not have fresh oil and filter anyway . Fresh fuel and a bottle of additive would be good.


#9

Dry rot? Is OP in the jungle? My tires are 16 years old, haven’t been driven on in 17 months: they look as good as new.


#10

V\Check for mice and change the oil if you want, but drive it. Rust on brakes is normal after sitting. There may be some engine roughness for a while due to the battery going dead and the settings being lost, but you’ll get over it.