Q: What should I do if I have to leave my car for a long period of time?

asked by on December 11, 2015

What should I do if I have to leave my car for a long period of time?

If your vehicle is going to go more than two weeks without being driven, then you should run the air conditioner before leaving it. Turn your car on, leave it idling, and turn the air conditioner on its highest setting for about five minutes. This will keep the heating and cooling system properly lubricated.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

What are the locking retractors and what do they do?

Your seat belts are equipped with locking retractors. The driver front seat belt has an emergency locking retractor, while the other seat belts use automatic locking retractors. While they’re somewhat the same, they work a little differently. Here’s how each...

Heater only blowing cold air.

This symptom is usually due to a low coolant level. Restrictions in the cooling system or air can also cause this same issue. I would first start by ensuring that your coolant is at its proper level. If the coolant...

it exhasts black smoke with particles and loses power after the drive of 30 minutes in a hilly or rough roads. what are the causes

The black smoke is caused by the engine running excessively rich with fuel. This can be due to more than a couple reasons and a full diagnosis would need to be done to isolate the problem. If you have an...

What is the maximum vehicle capacity weight?

The maximum vehicle capacity weight is located on the Tire and Loading Information label. The Tire and Loading Information label is attached to the vehicle center pillar. You can find the Tire and Loading Information label by opening the driver...

when coming to a stop, my truck has a binding/clunking noise in the rear end

Hello, thank you for writing in. While the components you have looked into are great inspections considering you tow often, lets start a little simpler and work our way down the list. Since this is happening while you are braking,...

What does the Door Ajar Light mean?

The Door Ajar Light is a helpful indicator that will let you know when the doors of your vehicle are open. For safety reasons, you should never drive with a door open. To understand the Door Ajar Light. The...

temp is getting high while on traffic when ac is on

I'm not sure of your exact model, but most modern cars have an electric fan that comes on solely for the AC. Using the AC adds a tremendous amount of heat to the engine compartment. The fan is there for...

Replaced only 1 tire in AWD vehicle.

It is recommended on any vehicle with AWD (all-wheel-drive) to replace all four tires at the same time. The reason behind this need is due to the computer on the vehicle constantly monitoring the speed of each wheel. The computer...

My oil light came on way before it usually does after getting a battery replaced.

It could be that the service reminder was affected by having the battery disconnected for a short time. These days, it is wise for a technician to hook up an alternative power source while changing the battery to prevent memory...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz
The The sleek design, luxurious interior and smooth finish of the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz belies a full size SUV from a much higher price range. When you add expert handling and acceptable performance, you have a vehicle that is well-worth...
Is It Safe to Drive While Taking Anti-Anxiety Medication?
If If you suffer from anxiety, then you know that “sinking” feeling that occurs when you encounter something that stresses you, or even when you’re not exposed to a stressor at all (free-floating anxiety). You also know that feelings of...
What Sensors in the AC Tell the Car If the System Is Working or Not?
The The average car today contains a bewildering range of sensors that feed information to various computers to monitor everything from air intake to emissions and engine timing. Your car’s air conditioning system also contains a couple of sensors that...