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How long does it take for gas to go bad?

Approximately how long does it take for unleaded gasoline in the tank and fuel lines to become unusable in a car that is not being used? What causes this, and what can be done to prevent or remedy ...
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6answers
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How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle?

My daily commute changed from 9 miles to 9 feet when I started working remotely. That means I very rarely drive my car much. After a particularly hectic month, I didn't drive for about 4 weeks and ...
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7answers
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What damage does a car suffer if not regularly used?

Sometimes I use the car on daily basis, but there are months when I don't use it at all, and it sits parked outside for 5+ weeks, with the battery disconnected. (Main reasons: working from home that ...
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Haven't driven a car since the start of the pandemic; can it be driven without special measures?

Because they're older, my in-laws have been in quarantine since early March and haven't driven their car at all. It's been sitting in the driveway in New Jersey (USA) the whole time, in mostly above-...
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2answers
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What happens to a car when it hasn't been driven for 12 years?

I'm hoping that I'll soon be the owner of 2l turbo charged, 4wd hatchback that's been sat in a garage, undriven for over a decade. Trouble is that I won't be able to give it a full inspection until I ...
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5answers
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What is a good car to start with if I want to learn auto repair?

A couple of other "getting started" questions have been closed (as redundant with these questions), so I hope that my question is different and specific enough. I'm interested in learning to repair ...
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3answers
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Reviving an abandoned Holden VE SS UTE

I have, or "had" an immaculate 2010 Holden VE SS 6L 6spd Ute with 18,000 km. The plan was to wack it in a storage for 3 or 4 weeks while in Nz. That would have been no dramas.. But that was July, ... ...
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Ants in my lawn mower engine

Related questions: Are small engines on topic? (meta) Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. With the arrival of Spring, I went to dust off my riding lawn mower. It had been sitting ...
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2answers
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How to prepare a car for one year of storage

This is basically the opposite question to Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time I'm planning to leave my 2014 Mazda 3 in undercover storage for a year, and was wondering what steps I ...
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1answer
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Necessity of draining gas for a vehicle that has been sitting for 2-3 years

Related: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time A car has not been started for over 2 years. No fuel stabilizer was added to the tank. According to some sources it's best to drain ...
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1answer
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Starting a car that has been sitting for about a year [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. My 1998 Trans Am has about 80,000 miles on it and has been sitting for about a year without being started in my garage. ...
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5answers
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Starting procedure of car that has been stored for 3 months

It seems a lot of the questions regarding car storage are for prior to storage. I did not think ahead much and thus my question is for what to do after storage. Context: Car stored in non air ...
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2answers
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1991 Celica with 3SGTE motor been sitting for a year- what can I expect? [duplicate]

I'm about to buy a 1991 Celica with a 3SGTE motor swapped in, and it's been sitting for a year. The ad says it runs, but are there things I should do immediately upon buying the car? I was planning on ...
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1answer
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How to re-start Sentra after 6-yrs storage? [duplicate]

1991 Nissan Sentra XE, 1.6L engine, 5-speed manual trans, 78k miles. I unexpectedly had to stop driving this Sentra and it's been sitting unstarted in my garage for the past 6-years. It ran great, no ...
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0answers
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Fresh battery, no lights on 1979 Honda CB125 [closed]

I have a 1979 Honda CB125 that was running consistently about 2 years ago. It then sat for two years and the battery was corroded so I replaced it. I've made sure the battery is charged (I have a ...
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0answers
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Leaving '08 Civic sitting for a few months [duplicate]

Quick question: I have a 2008 Honda Civic. It has been sitting for almost 4 months now, and there will be no chance to drive it for another month or so, making it 5 months in total. I believe the oil ...
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1answer
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How to start a car which was unused for a year? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. I left my car in a driveway for a year. I read that I shouldn't try to jump it because the battery might explode. Is ...
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2answers
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Car has been stored w/o additive, will continue storing longer - add additive now, or tool late?

I have a car ('96 Lexus ES 300) that's been parked non-operational for over eight months, except for one drive down the block last month (it started up just fine). It's in Los Angeles, so not too much ...
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1answer
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I have an MG ZR and it's been parked up about two years, what do I need to get it running again? [duplicate]

I have an MG ZR and it's been parked up about two years. The tank wasn't full. I wasn't planning on parking it up. It is in the drive but the drive is a slope. Any ideas what I need to do before I ...
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0answers
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My Dead Escape! [duplicate]

I have a 2001 Ford Escape that has been sitting for a year & about 8mos. I took the dead battery out of it & still need to get a new battery. I also have to get at least 2 tires. What else ...
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0answers
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Getting Started in Auto Repair [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. How to begin learning engine tuning? My dad has an old Mazda that has been sitting in the garage for a long time. He ...