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[VintageLambo] Re: winter idling

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--- In VintageLambo@yahoogroups.com, "drakepeterdrake " wrote: > When the roads are snow and/or salt covered, and my car can"t be > driven for a month or 2, is there any value to starting it up once a > week, letting it reach full temperature, pumping the brakes a few > times, etc.?And yes, I will leave the garage door open... Pe Oh yeah!It"d be better if you were able to drive it around until it reached full operating temp to burn off various deposits, for example, in the exhaust. But I"m a firm believer in starting the motor every few weeks when not using the car.Maybe you could even back out/back in.There are so many shafts in a car that need to turn to a new position occasionally, and seals for those shafts that need fresh lubrication and shaft movement, etc.(Hit all the zerk fittings too...) The way I always look at it, is that every part on a car is designed for a running car.That engineer has done all the hard work, now all we need to do is run the car occasionally to move things around and lubricate. As for backing out/back in, that would help the tires too, if you can sort of reposition them. Now, there are proper ways to store a non-running car, but I don"t believe that"s the question here because I"m assuming you"re going to be driving again once the days clear up. I"ve had long periods of "non-driving" over the 20 years I"ve owned my car, and that"s how I"ve dealt with it, with no obvious problems. Interested to see other opinions on all this. Best, Fred

 

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