Tag: storage

26 Posts

what deteriorates in a car when it doesn't get driven
Sep 06, 2016

Does Extended Parking Cause Problems?

Dear Car Talk

Fred's Fit will sit for a bit while he waits for a replacement airbag. Will parking it a few months cause any problems?

airbags storage

How often to drive a car to keep it running
Oct 01, 2013

Short Drives Good For Car in Storage

Dear Car Talk

Today, Dave is storing his daughter's Nissan Altima and wants to know how often he needs to drive it to keep it running. Tom and Ray explain why the occasional short drive is the best way to maintain the battery and exhaust systems. 

maintenance storage

how could garaging a car be bad for it
Dec 11, 2012

To Garage or Not to Garage

Dear Car Talk

Can Tom and Ray settle a dispute between Evelyn and her boyfriend? He says keeping the car in a garage shortens the life of the car. But Evelyn is pro-garage. She thinks it's good for the car. Who's right?


do cars at the dealership suffer from sitting on the lot without being driven
Sep 21, 2012

Corroded Fuel Lines and Other Urban Legends

Dear Car Talk

Joshua's driving instructor warned him that leaving a car unstarted for more than two weeks could corrode the fuel lines. Now Joshua's worried about all those new cars parked at dealerships across the country.  Tom and Ray explain why car dealers don't bother to employ a staff person to start up each car in the lot once every few weeks. 

myths storage

what's the best simple way to keep my car cool outside in the hot summer
Jul 16, 2012

Today: Is Tucson's Heat Too Much for Elizabeth's Buick?

Dear Car Talk

Elizabeth just moved to Tucson, AZ, and she wants to invest in a sunshade to protect her 1986 Buick Skylark from the hot desert sun. Her mother advises that they build a gazebo or a carport to protect it, while her husband votes for a "reflective cover thingy".  Elizabeth wants Tom and Ray to cast the tie-breaking vote. 

summer storage

Correct car battery storage
Jul 01, 2009

Is it safe to store a car battery on a cement garage floor?

Dear Car Talk

My son, who transports cars for a living, says that we should not put a car battery on the garage floor for more than a few moments while we're moving it from one place to another. In other words, we...

batteries storage

where do i safely store my gas can
Dec 01, 2004

Where to store a gas can.

Dear Car Talk

I have a question that I just can't find the answer to no matter how much I scour the Web I need to know how to properly store an empty gas container The most logical place to me would be...

storage gasoline

do i need to change the oil every year even if i barely drive
Aug 01, 2003

Is it necessary to change the oil if you don't drive the required 5,000 miles?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Lexus RX I am out of the country most of the year so I don't generate the miles necessary to require an oil change However my owner's manual suggests that the oil be changed every year anyway...

oil changes storage

Nov 01, 2002

I don't have a garage to protect (and hide) my car. Is a cover a good idea?

Dear Car Talk

Having recently gone through a horrible divorce as a reward to myself I purchased a -year-old Infiniti Q The car is great However I need to hide this beautiful piece of machinery from my ex-wife when she drives by my...

paint storage

Dec 01, 2000

Does gas really go bad?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Toyota Corolla that keeps on going My question is about gasoline I have started to walk the mile to work for health reasons and because gas prices are so darned high I fill up my tank oh...

gasoline additives storage