Most threads on this forum are about problems. I thought I’d cheer everyone up with a happy story.
A staple question on this forum is the guy/gal who hasn’t driven his/her car for weeks/months/millennia the ‘expert’ advice is draining the gas tank, changing the oil, new tires, waving a dead chicken over it, etc. I’ll chime in with my experience of not having any of these problems despite mine having sat still for longer.
I still have the cassette tape from my last answering machine. 2 of the people who left messages have died since. It’s a time capsule to myself.
The place I went I had to drive over a scale, dump the steel, drive over the scale again. The larger trucks had open beds and thousands of pounds of stuff. The scrapper lowered his electromagnet over it and pulled it up. You didn’t have to cut up anything. At 5.5¢/pound they aren’t too picky.
What does dry rot look like? I’ve only seen it in movies on people and wood in real life. They’re cracked but have a lot of tread. The spare, a Firestone, is from '98.
Isn’t that crazy? We ship scrap metal to China, they turn it into ingots (or whatever) and ship it back to us: the round-trip is cheaper than paying an American or a Mexican. The same with scrap paper. The solution is obvious: subsidize recycling locally. One reason this makes sense is that we import more from China than they from us, so empty boats have to go back if they don’t have scrap to haul. If we stop importing so much from China, Little Donnie’s wish, recycling locally will make better economic sense.
The battery’s fine; even with a new battery it can take time to start. I replaced it a few years ago but long-cold starting still needed help.