Spare car in garage


#1

I have a 1998 Toyota 4-runner that I would like to leave at my second house in North Carolina. I of course live most of the year in Florida. The car has a 2.7 liter, four cylinder engine and around 173k miles, but is running ok. It burns some oil etc. How would the vehicle be affected by not being started more than once every 1-2 months (other than when I am there)?


#2

My father has a 1990 4runner with 150k miles. It is only runs 2-3 times per year for 2-3 week periods and otherwise sits. It has not had a single mechanical problem and has been doing this since 1997.


#3

One thing you’d want to do is physically remove the battery everytime you’re done driving it. This will help prevent someone from driving off with it.


#4

If it sits for several months in one place you will eventually get flat spots on the tires. Consider having a trusted neighbor take it out for a spin every couple of weeks. Run it for 15 to 20 minutes and that should cure any of the other idle car issues.


#5

Running it once every 1-2 months is all it needs. Other than theft prevention, you need take no extra precautions or preventative measures.


#6

If you’re a little paranoid, you could disconnect the ground on the battery…


#7

Flat spots are possible, but with modern tyres it is a very minor or non-existent problem.


#8

My temporary vehicle is a 79 chevy short stepside with a grand total mileage of 69,861 on it. While it waits patiently in the back yard to haul a board or two I always put STA-BIL in the tanks and I have a solar battery trickle charger laying on the dash plugged to the cig lighter to keep up the battery. Works evey time.