Additional maintenance required for a vehicle that is hardly driven?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by ChrisB, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. ChrisB

    ChrisB Guest

    Greetings all,

    I was just wondering what additional maintenance needs to be done on
    vehicles that are hardly driven? I was just sitting here and thinking
    about it and I believe I put 4,000 miles on one car and 3,000 miles on
    the other car in one year's time.

    On one vehicle, my Mustang, the miles were mostly long trips in excess
    of 100 miles. On the other vehicle, my Civic, the miles were mostly
    from short trips with an occasional 100+ mile trip. As the price of gas
    went up, I left the Mustang at parked and started driving the 1997 Civic

    Regardless, I keep hearing that it is just as bad to not drive a car as
    it is to drive a car and was wondering if I needed to do anything above
    and beyond the regular maintenance that I perform on my cars now?

    ChrisB, Oct 8, 2008
  2. ChrisB

    Forrest Guest

    Aside from the, "use it or lose it" aspect of things needing to be
    lubricated now and then, you will need to keep the battery charged or it
    will go south on you. I have a motorcycle that I rarely use. The battery
    goes dead. I tried a trickle charger but it does more than trickle and ends
    up cooking the fluid out of it. I bought a "battery maintainer" and have had
    good luck with that.
    Forrest, Oct 8, 2008
  3. ChrisB

    Jim Yanik Guest

    WRT your Civic,you will find rubber seals drying out/becoming brittle from
    lack of use. Rust will form on steel parts not kept lubricated by use and
    then their abrasiveness will grind on other seals,making them fail sooner.

    short trips don't "bake off" moisture that builds up in your oil,then you
    get "mayonnaise" forming;a sort of white goop/sludge made of water and
    oil.So,you need to change oil more frequently/use a synthetic oil,and drive
    the car long enough to fully heat up the motor periodically.

    brake fluid also absorbs water and then corrodes the cylinders and
    pistons,making them more abrasive and wearing seals faster.
    Jim Yanik, Oct 9, 2008
  4. ChrisB

    Dillon Pyron Guest

    My sister had to replace the muffler in her 90 CRX at about 40K
    because it was 15 years old and her average commute is about 15
    minutes. Which agrees with you comments. She did do the oil every
    4-5 months, but she did that herself, so it wasn't too pricey. But
    the muffler rusted through.
    Dillon Pyron, Oct 9, 2008
  5. ChrisB

    ChrisB Guest

    Two years ago, I had to have the tail pipe on the 1997 Civic going to
    the muffler replaced because it rusted through where it bent right
    before the muffler. A local muffler shop just cut the rusted section,
    fabricated a new section, and welded it in.

    The funny thing, even with a hole in the pipe the size of a quarter, my
    car still didn't make as much noise as those Civics with the fart cannon
    ChrisB, Oct 9, 2008
  6. But when the pipe that runs from the cat to the front of the car (sometimes
    called the "A" pipe) goes bad, then it could get as noisy as a fart pipe.
    Eternal Searcher, Oct 9, 2008
  7. ChrisB

    Jim Yanik Guest

    the exhaust system on my 94 Integra GS-R lasted right up to when it was
    stolen last year.(Florida...)
    Jim Yanik, Oct 9, 2008
  8. ChrisB

    Dillon Pyron Guest

    How many miles did it have on it? If you drive it, you don't have
    those sorts of problems. But when the driving consists of start it
    up, drive 3 miles and park it, then condensation becomes an issue.
    Dillon Pyron, Oct 9, 2008
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