How long is too long to leave a car standing?
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    How long is too long to leave a car standing?

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    I've been working abroad and all over the UK. I've got a diesel Mondeo for all the leg work in the UK which usually means my E46 M3 is only used at weekends. Or in the case of being abroad, it was left standing for 6 weeks. This time I've left it standing for 4 weeks. Am I going to ruin the car? When I do drive it I make sure I take it out on a long drive, generally at least for over an hour, warm it up and use the whole rev range. Just worried I'll be ruining the car by leaving it standing for so long...

    Any thoughts? I think I'm just paranoid.

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    Something Iv done in the past (which is a bit over kill I think) is remove the rocker cover and pour a small amount of fresh oil over the cams then re built before starting it. I say it's over kill because very soon after the engine starts oil is thrown to the top anyway, just made me feel better.

    I left my e46 328 standing for 6 months when I got banned, done the above and it started perfectly fine and never causes issues. The things that are worse for standing are wheel bearings, brakes and batteries. I would always disconnect the battery if I was going to leave it a while.

    Just do regular oil changes and u should be fine.

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    Do nothingand it will probably be fine anyway. The wheel bearing thing is not an issue. Brakes can sieze on as can clutches so I tend to leave a car in gear and block all 4 wheels if leaving on sitting a while. Of course I am very careful not to start it in gear in a confined space etc. My idea of a while is 4 years and still had one start on the same fuel.

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    It should be fine, obviously let it tick over for a while when you first start it.
    Don't leave the handbrake on as the shoes will rust to the drums.

    As has been said, most things will wear/degrade regardless of if they are stood or being used.
    Also make sure you use your aircon as often as you can or the seals will dry out.

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    My old e28 has only been started and driven a few yards every couple of months on average in the last 7 years mate so i wouldnt worry about it, as Stal said just dont forget to leave the handbrake off

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    if you think about it they sit on dealers for courts a lot longer than 4-6 weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAYNO View Post
    if you think about it they sit on dealers for courts a lot longer than 4-6 weeks
    Exactly what I was thinking...

    Not like it's not being used for 6-12 months at a time

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    I would probably be more concerned for the battery than the engine if you're not using a trickle charger, batteries don't like being left to discharge over prolonged periods of time and the life of a battery will be reduced by prolonged periods of inactivity.

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