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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hey,

Does anyone have any cautions about not using the car regularily?? I will only be using the car about 3-4 times a month - appart from this it will be sitting not being used http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/sad1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >

Should I be concerned?? Or am I just worrying my life away??

Cheers
Troy
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
E3xtc,

My VI is used about the same and stored unused over winter under cover with the battery on full time charge and , without any probs.

The only probs u may encounter wud be if the car is kept outside , then yr brakes may prematurely deteriorate because of accumulated corrosion on the discs , and pads seizing in the calipers because of rain.
Rain damage wud also occur in the engine bay due to the bonnet vents.

Whatever u do tho , don't be tempted to give the engine a run to keep it free without driving the car on the road to reach full operating temp. This kills engines !
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thanks for that Evoboy. The car will be stored outside sadly http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/sad1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle > but thankfully I am having a good cover made and should be getting that shortly.

Ohh damn I am just going, to have to make a point of driving it at least once a week [img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/wink1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >

Bit worried about the brake issue, though. As it is outside and on a great wopping hill, so the handbrake is always left on. Maybe we should move house? [img]http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/wink1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >

Cheers
Tr.
 
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Leaving a car standing on a hill for ages with just a handbrake is not ideal!
The handbrake cable can stretch and the brake shoes can seize in the drum. Ask anyone who has washed their car and left it over night with the handbrake on. The rear hand brake shoes seize on and it can be a right bugger to shift it.

If you have to leave the car standing then consider the odd brick or two to chock the wheels and leave the car in gear with the hand brake off.

Running the car every week is a good idea as long as you do run it on the road as Evoboy says. Don't forget to get the air-con and heater going as well to keep all the valves, pumps, motors and fans from seizing.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Thanks HH6

Sorry to keep this going but, is it going to be okay to leave the car in gear on the hill, with bricks under the wheels?? I would have thought that the strain on the gearbox would have been worse than the potentiall havoc that the rain could cause with the brakes?? It is a pretty steep driveway and I don't want to leave the car down on the road, for obvious reasons.

Thanks for the tip with the heaters/air con etc... will keep it in mind. And Of course, it will be a proper drive not just an engine start as who could refuse the car sitting there just wanting to be driven http://www.ltregister.f9.co.uk/graphics/biggrin1.gif border|EQU| 0 align|EQU| absmiddle >

Cheers
Tr.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
If you leave your car on any hill you should always stick the car in gear anyway aswell as applying the handbrake. I for one never trust handbrakes.
You will not damage the car by leaving it in gear.
 
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