How long can a 2010 Corolla sit without being driven if it is started every few days

Asked by Aug 12, 2015 at 04:23 PM about the 2010 Toyota Corolla

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Every car is different, I have never let a car sit for more than 2 months without at least going around the block. Condensation is the big problem here, make sure it has a full tank of fuel or a good fuel stabilizer, clean oil and a new filter, and flush the brake fluid before letting it sit.

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In addition to what tennisshoes said, I feel it's better to not run the car while it's being stored. If possible, store the vehicle in a garage or other indoor storage facility. Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable. Do not set the parking (emergency) brake. If indoor storage is not possible buy a car cover for it to keep the elements off of it. The car should be driven at least every couple months. Just starting and idling it won't let it get up to operating temperature. This will promote condensation in the engine crankcase and possibly cause damage or at least problems with the engine. Brake rotors and drums will rust over time as well. By driving the vehicle periodically these things will be prevented. HTH. -Jim

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