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The Honda Type 2 Coolant contains "NO Silicate and borates," and that is the key. What they probably used was the cheap Prestone from Walmart. Now, that's a pretty good coolant nowadays, but the chemical composition is slightly different. Will it have an impact? Hard to say, probably minimal. Your biggest risk is warranty compliance, but seeing as how you're ...


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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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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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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 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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plus, assuming you own the parking spot, you might be able to rent it out. even at $10 a week that's $2600.


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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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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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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, 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 car is a known ...


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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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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 a savings or 5 year CD, then instead of losing money you will gain 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 need to be ...


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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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I wouldn't recommend this at all. A work colleague just bought a second hand car and after a week or so he noticed an odd smell coming up from the passenger foot well. He had the car valeted and the smell went away but came back a couple days later. So he added some fragranced oil to his cabin air filter and now the smell is masked by this insanely sweet ...


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I wouldn't do this. Essential oils can be very powerful, a few drops could easily overpower a small space, and you can't stop it once you put it in. If you are driving and the smell gets too much it's a problem. You are better off putting the essential oil on a cloth and putting it in the car, with a bag to put it in if it's too strong.


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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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Some Honda Civics call for an R model battery. It has a duplicate battery model for other vehicle makes/models but some specifically call for a Battery model that's starts with R which is an identical battery with reverse terminals. When the wrong battery is selected in the battery manual catalog and is connected, it blows a five dollar battery fuse under ...


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The fact that the copper wire is there to bulk out space between the lug and the clamp shouldn't stop the car having jump leads and starting, as they will connect straight to the car wiring. But, as said already, the whole clamp could do with changing anyway. There's not much connecting area between it and the battery lug. When you connect jump leads try to ...


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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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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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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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As mentioned, the gearbox fluid should at least be the correct grade and level etc from the dealer. I would take it back and ask them to check the clutch. Just tell them that after the service you've noticed the clutch slipping a few times. It may just be that they've taken too much slack out of the cable whilst adjusting it, this is just a 5 second job to ...


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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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My 2011 Chevy Cruze shifts the transmission into neutral when the vehicle is stopped. This is documented in the owner's manual as the "Automatic neutral shift" feature. It's a difficult feature name to get good Google search results for. This ANS causes a very noticeable feeling of lag, even though my vehicle does not have the turbocharged engine. It ...


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