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Cars are routinely left parked for three to six months or more without running, with no ill effects. I wouldn't hesitate to jump it and see if it'll start. As @BrianKnoblauch comments below, jumping a completely flat battery risks the alternator. The risk can be ameliorated by using a battery charger first, or leaving the jump battery and the to-be-jumped ...


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If you have the ability and access to some tools, remove the battery and bring it to your local national auto parts chain ie: AutoZone, AdvanceAuto Parts, Oreillys etc. You may want to call first to see how they are handling this during Covid. They will charge and test the battery to determine its condition generally for free. This will take several hours or ...


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One thing I would do is check all the fluid levels before starting it, even if only to drive it to get it serviced. Also the tyres may need some air. My brake discs rust easily in our wet climate, so I know after even a few weeks to be wary of them at first. A few uses from very slow will tell you if they're OK and getting back to normal. As I commented, ...


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One other thing to check: regardless of the amount of gas in the tank: Actuate the gas gap release lever NOW. You want to be sure the cap will open, while there is enough gas in the tank to get to a mechanic in case it doesn't. My 2010 RAV4's release lever seized, after only 6 weeks of non-use at the start of the pandemic.


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The gas will continue to oxidize for years, eventually turning into a sticky varnish. Definitely add more Sea Foam and take the car for a drive, so the treated gas gets into the fuel injectors, intake valves, top piston rings and exhaust valves. You almost can't add too much Sea Foam, so I'd put 4 oz. per gallon. Adding STA-BIL simultaneously will only ...


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Using a vehicle does not decrease, in any way, the concern about gas going bad. Using the gas which is in the vehicle and replacing it with new would make it a non-event. Mixing the gas itself will do absolutely nothing for it. Using a stabilizer, such as StaBil, will provide you excellent protection if the car is going to sit for a while. (NOTE: I have no ...


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Put a few packs of mothballs (opened) in the car in different locations and under the hood, including trunk if it has one, this deters rodents. You can scatter some underneath the car also. Put a battery maintainer on the battery if you have access to electricity.


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