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Can you? Yes. Should you? Not in my opinion. 2006 Civics with 244k miles are a dime a dozen. Sell it and put the money in something like a savings or 5 year CD, then instead of losing money you will earn money. Cars sitting that long take a lot of care to prep properly and even then a lot of things that are usually lubed or turned tend to dry out and will ...


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I've done it. I don't recommend it, unless the car has exceptional sentimental value or is especially equipped for an unusual job. Sell it on Craigslist or better method, and then, buy another one in 5 years. You can buy the exact same year make model and color if you really want to, but I rather doubt you will. OK, so the logic is, "but wait. This ...


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Having stored many cars - both successfully and unsuccessfully - I can pass on the following advice, should you try to do this: Pick the location carefully. All "outside" locations are not equivalent. You want a solid, dry, non-living substrate to park over. Parking on grass is about the worst. A paved driveway is the best. The earth is a wet planet, the ...


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The main reason those would be sticking out of your battery post/terminal is because the terminal clamp has become too stretched. Someone put the copper wire in there to take up the slack of the clamp. Without them you'd lose connection and the battery would not provide the power to get the car started as well as the system having the ability to charge the ...


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Apart from the value loss (if it even has any value today), you are taking a couple of risks. Assuming you're not moving it just starting it every other week these are some of the risks I see: Vandalism (I have seen this many many times, cars just standing, gets it's screens smashed, or some idiot trying to steel a screwdriver left on the back floor or ...


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At best, starting it every two weeks will benefit the engine and anything the engine oil touches. Keep in mind that you should change your oil every X number of miles OR yearly; whichever comes first. Tell me, do you plan to: Clean the car interior so that mold does not grow Turn on the wipers to make sure they haven't seized Use some washer fluid to make ...


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This doesn't make any economic sense. If you include the cost of your time, looking after the car properly for 5 years will probably cost more than it is worth. And at the end of the layup you are going to discover what unexpected problems need fixing when you start using it again. Also people's life situations change over 5 years, so there is no guarantee ...


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The answer depends a lot on where you are, because of the climate. In Seattle I would do it only if you have a customer for a ton of iron oxide in 2024. In El Paso you don't even need to cover the car (actually, a cover may increase or prolong condensation after a cold night) unless you want to keep the varnish's shine during the sand storms — but ...


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5 years outside? if you were talking about a storage facility then possibly especially if it was a rare car... But you should consider selling it then getting another in 5 years time.


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Of course you can! It may need insurance and tax if it's left on a public highway, and without insurance, you may come back to no car, a vandalised car, and no recompense. That's before the depreciation of the car itself, as already mentioned. Then there's the tyres - left in the sun will mean some are scrap, and will have flat spots. The brakes may well ...


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The other answer could be that in the past someone connected an extra wire to feed some add-on device in a very poor manner. Instead of getting a ring connector crimped onto the wire or tapping into a connector on a fusebox they could 'simply' have stripped the end of the wire. loosened the clamp and stuffed the wire between the post and the clamp. And then ...


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Those rotors look cracked. Perhaps you got a bad set.


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Let's take a look at how cars depreciate in value. I bought a car 3 years ago. It has fallen in value over 30%. So, 10% per year is a reasonable depreciation for a car. Stocks, on the other hand, appreciate 8% per year, or 47% per 5 years (taking into account interest accruing even more interest). Of course investing to stocks has risks but putting your ...


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No it won't be a good idea to put essential oil. While we all want our cars to smell fresh this idea will lead to certain problems. Essential oils need little heat to vaporise and mix with air, which will be only in times of winter. In summers with colder(AC) air they won't be able to disperse that good and will introduce uneven fragrance. Oil does not ...


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If (as per your comments) you're looking to deaden road noise as opposed to engine noise then you aren't going to see much improvement from installing/up grading the under-bonnet sound insulation. The sound deadening under the carpet and inside the doors is more the area you want to look at - however there's a great deal of effort involved there in taking ...


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Replace the cap. If the car hasn't overheated, don't worry about any possibly damage, there shouldn't be any. Check the coolant level. If low, refill with 50/50 premix Honda coolant (the blue stuff). Some Hondas have issues where if you do not use Honda coolant, it will slowly eat the head gasket and cause it to leak, which will cause you an endless array of ...


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From a circuit diagram I have found on the internet (if it is correct for your car), it looks like there is a pair of headlight relays in a fuse box under the hood. These relays switch the +12V to the headlights. It looks to me that if one of the relays fails, then the +12 will find its way through all 4 bulbs making them all light when switched to high ...


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