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Why is it bad to leave a car sitting in a garage for 3 months without driving it?

i have a 2006 audi a4 that im going to be leaving in the garage for 3 months. ive heard that its important that i drive it around occasionally. i just want to know what can be negatively affected if its not driven for that length of time, how far and how often i should drive it, and what level i should leave the gas at when i put it away. thanks
Category: Cars
  • Jayme says:

    not a problem for three months maybe three years

    August 25, 2011 at 3:36 am
  • cjgt2 says:

    just 3 month would,nt hurt it if you leave a car sit say 3 yrs. it can give it a chance to rust out because of the moisture building up through the body. but 3 months won,t hurt it any. you would,nt even have to take it out of the garage. just start it up once in awhile to keep the battery from going dead sitting around.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:43 am
  • Zachar says:

    Leave at least a quarter tank of gas in it and disconnect the battery. If you are leaving it in the for the winter put some dry gas in the to keep it from freezing

    August 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm
  • ★ Ezio ★ says:

    its not that bad!
    just change the oil and filter before storing and fill up the gastank completely!

    August 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm
  • Stupid Flanders says:

    Re gas I don't have an answer however commonsense suggests that you leave no more than a quarter tank. Hence if anyone steals your car they can't travel far. As regards leaving the car idle for 3 months there is a possibility of the engine siezing resulting in major repairs. You should get someone you trust to take the car for a short spin at least once a week. Just around the block should do. Happy and safe holiday. Ian

    August 26, 2011 at 4:07 am
  • AutumnWynd777 says:

    shouldn't be much of a problem just for three months. if you are seriously worried go to a local auto parts house and get some Pri-G into the gas tank or some other type gas treatment . the useful ingredient in these products is aviation gas (AVGAS) and it prevents the sometimes effect of your fuel turning into sludge in your carburetor or injectors and "gums" them up. if that happens normal fuel cannot flow as it should and it makes your engine not start, or run rough.
    depending on if you buy quality fuel or not whether this will happen in such a short period of time. it is possible but, not real likely.
    Good luck

    August 26, 2011 at 8:55 am
  • CommonSense says:

    Not too sure, I have left my car in my garage for one month. When i started it up, it really gave of a strong electrical smell. also I think if the engine is not constantly lubricated, the engine could start to rust. but i am not sure. You may want to have someone drive it once every 10 days for 10 miles

    August 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm
  • xx||xx says:

    Some potential problems you may run into are dried and cracked seals, bad gasoline, and cracked tires (depending on the age and condition of your tires now). I worked for three years at a gas station, i know for a fact that newer gasoline doesn't last nearly as long as the blends in the past. At the same time i was gaining my automotive degree. From this i know of the problems one can have from letting a car sit too long. Though three months isn't really long enough for any of this to happen, you still MIGHT have to deal with them. Easiest way to prevent any of this is to keep it indoors if possible, and start it, let it warm up, let the oil circulate every once in a while.

    August 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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