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#1611461 - 12/11/2017 16:27 To start or not to start - that is the question..?
G_Man Offline
Club member 1656
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 16/03/2006
Posts: 707
Loc: Warrington
As my recent post has said the coop's going to be SORN'd for c 5 months and I've made the usual basic precautions. One thing though is should I start the car say every 3 weeks and let it run for a bit to keep things ticking over, making sure seals don't dry up etc or could that create further problems so best leave well alone confused

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#1611472 - 12/11/2017 21:53 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Gripped Offline
Club member 1144
I need some sleep

Registered: 20/12/2005
Posts: 3016
Loc: S. Wales. Way beyond my means
I didn't bother with mine. Just trickle charge on battery for 5 months.

No problems so far and it's done two winters like that. I think cold starting every few weeks is more likely to cause extra wear and tear than just leaving it.
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#1611480 - 13/11/2017 08:20 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Countrycruising Offline
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I AM a Coop

Registered: 12/09/2006
Posts: 14407
Loc: FCSS 01684 593187
I dry store many owners coupé over the winter months and start/run them all every couple of weeks, it keeps everything turning.
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#1611496 - 13/11/2017 16:10 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
patch234 Offline
Je suis un Coupé

Registered: 28/09/2009
Posts: 7635
Loc: Thornton Cleveleys and Azerbai...
Having bought at least three cars that have been stood for years and months .... I would say disconnect the battery and don't worry about them. Even this flat (squared off) tyre thing seems to me to be needing several years of standing before a problem evolves ....

I regularly leave some of my cars static for months (I work abroad) and nothing happens to them upon start up. An occasional lazy tappet, that soon disappears after a good drive is the worst I have come across


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#1611497 - 13/11/2017 16:20 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Freddie Offline
On a journey

Registered: 11/02/2014
Posts: 109
Loc: Hemel Hempstead
Well, I will be driving my coupe through out the winter months cause its brilliant in the snow and ice and its important to keep everything moving. smile smile driving driving
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#1611501 - 13/11/2017 20:09 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Henklia Offline
On a journey

Registered: 31/08/2012
Posts: 179
Loc: Netherlands
My coupe always hibernates for 5 to 6 months inside a dry lockup and never had any problems starting it up after all those months. Disconnected the battery though by using one of those switches. Saves the hassle of getting the tool box out and works a treat Never start the coupe during that period.

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#1611537 - 14/11/2017 17:34 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: Henklia]
G_Man Offline
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Registered: 16/03/2006
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Loc: Warrington
Thanks for your views - split opinion but reckon I may just leave it alone. Henklia - waddya mean "one of those switches" confused

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#1611547 - 14/11/2017 21:49 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
patrickstar Offline
Club member 1139
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 05/01/2012
Posts: 577
Loc: Stockport
I've got one of these switches that isolates the battery, also good for an anti theft mesure.
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#1611572 - 15/11/2017 15:30 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Freddie Offline
On a journey

Registered: 11/02/2014
Posts: 109
Loc: Hemel Hempstead
I Like it!!
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#1611579 - 15/11/2017 18:09 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Henklia Offline
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Registered: 31/08/2012
Posts: 179
Loc: Netherlands

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#1611580 - 15/11/2017 18:13 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Henklia Offline
On a journey

Registered: 31/08/2012
Posts: 179
Loc: Netherlands
You connect it very easily to the existing ground Cable and then it is simply a question of turning the green switch to disconnect.
Henk

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#1611583 - 15/11/2017 18:58 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Henklia Offline
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#1611601 - 15/11/2017 21:33 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Gunzi Offline
Club Member 189
Forum is my life

Registered: 30/08/2007
Posts: 6470
Loc: Southsea
I'm in the just leave it boat. I left mine for about 6 months without so much as unlocking the door, when I turned the key she struck up as if I'd driven her the day before.

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#1611614 - 16/11/2017 00:52 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Slugcatcher1 Offline
Club member 1348
On a journey

Registered: 04/09/2014
Posts: 197
Loc: Skipton, North Yorkshire
Had mine tucked away in a barn for the last 4/5 weeks. Been tempted to go and give it a run up to temperature, then run it up the farm track and back. It's just a pain getting it out as it's wedged between a boat and what I have since discovered are the last 3 TVRs ever made!

Anyway, might not need to rush to start it up...
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#1611663 - 16/11/2017 19:14 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: Slugcatcher1]
G_Man Offline
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Registered: 16/03/2006
Posts: 707
Loc: Warrington
Thanks Henklia for the update - worth investigating.

[quote=Slugcatcher1-...since discovered are the last 3 TVRs ever made!.. [/quote]

They must be worth a few bob or two shocked What models are they and are they in good nick?

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#1611684 - 16/11/2017 20:29 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Submariner Offline
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Registered: 20/12/2005
Posts: 1144
Loc: Kent
Originally Posted By G_Man
As my recent post has said the coop's going to be SORN'd for c 5 months and I've made the usual basic precautions. One thing though is should I start the car say every 3 weeks and let it run for a bit to keep things ticking over, making sure seals don't dry up etc or could that create further problems so best leave well alone confused


Having had bikes for years the consensus was don't start the engine as it does not get hot enough to get rid of water vapour etc in your engine so probably causes more issues than you are trying to prevent. Lot's of short starts (getting it out of the way) caused my GTV to get a sticky/noisy tappet until I drove it properly once again.

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#1612283 - 28/11/2017 01:53 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
Slugcatcher1 Offline
Club member 1348
On a journey

Registered: 04/09/2014
Posts: 197
Loc: Skipton, North Yorkshire
Regarding the TVRs, I haven't dared peek under the covers. When I say 'last ever made' I understand they were bought off the production line as not completely finished. The owner apparently wishes to finish them off someday. I'll have a little nosy next time I'm checking on my car.
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#1612316 - 28/11/2017 13:23 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
AnnieMac Offline
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Enjoying the ride

Registered: 15/04/2013
Posts: 997
Loc: Berkshire
My old N/A Scottie was parked on grass for 4 years. With fresh petrol and jumpers she started up and was driven 100 miles (by Nigel at Motormech). Unfortunately rust issues meant she couldn't be saved.
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#1612349 - 28/11/2017 19:56 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
liam_gill Offline
Making a profit

Registered: 01/10/2009
Posts: 264
Loc: berkshire england
im one for starting it up every few weeks and getting it warm. also a cheeky little mile or 2 on dry days

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#1612367 - 29/11/2017 02:19 Re: To start or not to start - that is the question..? [Re: G_Man]
AnnieMac Offline
Club member 1580
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 15/04/2013
Posts: 997
Loc: Berkshire
Liam - were you at Trinity School for footie practice a few weeks ago? I saw a Coupe like yours parked there when walking my dogs.
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