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Re: Keeping a car as a relic
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Posted by Craig [Email] (more from Craig) on Fri, 22 May 2020 17:04:10 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Keeping a car as a relic, Sam, Fri, 22 May 2020 13:00:51
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I can probably help on this since I'm sorry to say this has been about the status of my 9000 Turbo for the last 6 or so years since I moved from the mainland US and left it behind. It does run and drive, but has 330k hard miles on it and it shows. I've had it since I was 18 and have a lot of sentimental attachment. I probably drive it 1-2 times per year.

To address some of your points:
1) I really recommend a cover to prevent sun damage and leaks and keep the car clean-ish. Covers last maybe a year or so, but amazon now has "amazon basics" branded covers for dirt cheap so I'm giving those a try.

2) I over inflate my tires too, though I don't know if it really helps or not. When I drive the car they are temporarily flat spotted but work themselves out fairly quickly so it hasn't been an issue. If you can roll the car a few feet every now and then I suspect that will help (I see they're having to do this regularly for all the grounded aircraft right now)

3) I highly recommend putting a couple tubs of DampRid in the interior. As long as you don't have any leaks this will address the moisture and musty smell issues. Just check and replace as needed.

4/5) StaBil really seems to work for me. Using it I haven't had any bad gas issues. I try to burn through as much fuel as possible when I drive it once a year or so but I'm definitely not using all of it. I would also recommend using non-ethanol fuel if you can get it (there's a website that tells you what stations carry it). It has been shown to last much longer without deteriorating. Some people will note that a nearly empty tank will increased condensation which may well be true, but I'd much rather have to deal with a couple gallons of bad gas than a whole tank. In a modern car with an electric fuel pump you can always disconnect a fuel line and use the pump to drain the tank if you need to. I also pull the fuel pump fuse while the car is running and let the engine cut out so there's no fuel in the injectors to go bad and varnish (don't know if that really helps though)

A few other thoughts. Ideally pull the battery, or at least disconnect it, charge it before starting the cars (or leave it on a trickle charger/solar trickle charger if you want to get fancy). Put in fresh coolant and oil and flush the brake fluid. Coolant gets acidic with time, oil with use, and brake fluid absorbs water. Don't use your parking brake, it can rust stuck. Keep an eye on your brake rotors, these can start to rust especially without a cover - a little rust is fine and the pads will clean it off but you don't want them to get deeply pitted. Watch out for condensation under the car and in the engine bay if you live somewhere damp or are parking on dirt, try to park it somewhere that won't be too damp. This hasn't been an issue for me, but vermin moving in and making nests and eating wiring can be an issue, so be aware of that.

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