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Robert Daddona ASKED THE GUIDE

Road less travelled

CAN you tell me if a vehicle that isn't driven often is likely to develop problems? If so, why? I have a 1985 Nissan Bluebird that I might drive every three to six months. What should I do to avoid problems?

CARS that aren't regularly driven can develop problems. Seals dry, belts harden, oil drains back into the sump, leaving the engine dry. Running an engine circulates oil through the engine and coolant through the cooling system, but it doesn't help the gearbox or rear axle. It's a good idea to give your car a run once a month. If you can't,, keep the battery on a trickle charger and change the oil regularly.

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