Recent Topics
1994 Buick Century 63k miles pics
by MuzzleFlash40 - 02/26/20 04:10 AM
Oils for old engines
by puma4440 - 02/25/20 08:18 PM
Do you still use liquid and paste sealants
by WhyMe - 02/25/20 08:16 PM
VW dealer hilarity - window tinted the wrong car.
by pezzy669 - 02/25/20 07:53 PM
New style Goodyear Duratrac
by NHRATA - 02/25/20 07:44 PM
Need oil additive advise for replacement engine.
by 13Track38 - 02/25/20 07:18 PM
New member with UOA to share
by JamesGames - 02/25/20 07:10 PM
When do you do DIY?
by BMWTurboDzl - 02/25/20 06:47 PM
synchromesh
by hunter29 - 02/25/20 06:41 PM
Ever buy a stranger lunch ?
by Mr Nice - 02/25/20 06:18 PM
36 bucks for balancing two tires....
by Vern_in_IL - 02/25/20 05:20 PM
project farm like test for Maxlife vs toyota WS
by danez_yoda - 02/25/20 05:09 PM
Audi Q5 Transmission oil?
by John344 - 02/25/20 04:35 PM
Valvoline Modern engine
by Villalobos - 02/25/20 04:35 PM
Rust bubbles
by WA1DH - 02/25/20 04:27 PM
Which of these sub $4 filters
by jayjr1105 - 02/25/20 04:05 PM
Flaring tool
by P10crew - 02/25/20 01:52 PM
Hazet 600LG/8 Wrench set - $160
by drtyler - 02/25/20 01:34 PM
Newest Members
akarip, BJD2020, ToyTaco2002, EarlT500, Newbie111
70801 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
25 registered members (53' Stude, Amenhotep, Aichiguy, Brian553, Bjornviken, 5 invisible), 1,183 guests, and 18 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums67
Topics301,933
Posts5,205,755
Members70,801
Most Online4,538
Jan 20th, 2020
Donate to BITOG
Print Thread
Hop To
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL #5343812 02/07/20 03:14 PM
Joined: Mar 2016
Posts: 855
C
CincyDavid Offline OP
OP Offline
C
Joined: Mar 2016
Posts: 855
We are buying a home in Port Charlotte FL. Planning to drive something down there and leave it. The car will be garaged, and driven very sparingly aside from the drive down. What issues should I expect in that tropical climate vs. Ohio?


06 Kia Sportage EX greenish gold(ugliest color ever)
11 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited HEMI Mineral Gray
14 Honda Accord LX metallic black
19 VW Jetta GLI Autobahn Pyrite Silver
Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343815 02/07/20 03:18 PM
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 11,713
D
dlundblad Online Happy
Online Happy
D
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 11,713
Use either E0 boat marina fuel or put some stabilizer in it. Also get a battery tender. That’s it.


03 Jeep WJ 4.0 202k Edge 10w40 HM Fram XG16
02 Volvo S60 2.4T 195k M1 0w40 Mahle OX149D
97 Chvy Blazer 4.3 158k M1 EP 10w30 Supertech ST3980

Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343819 02/07/20 03:23 PM
Joined: Apr 2017
Posts: 3,239
H
hallstevenson Offline
Offline
H
Joined: Apr 2017
Posts: 3,239
How often do you plan to go there ? When you do, you'll drive that car ?

Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343826 02/07/20 03:27 PM
Joined: Mar 2016
Posts: 855
C
CincyDavid Offline OP
OP Offline
C
Joined: Mar 2016
Posts: 855
I work a 4 day week...plan to grab cheap Allegiant flights to Punta Gorda for long weekends once or twice a month.


06 Kia Sportage EX greenish gold(ugliest color ever)
11 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited HEMI Mineral Gray
14 Honda Accord LX metallic black
19 VW Jetta GLI Autobahn Pyrite Silver
Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343831 02/07/20 03:31 PM
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,951
N
NormanBuntz Offline
Offline
N
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,951
After garage storing a car for 7 months (June to December) each of the last 8 years in Florida, I thought that fuel stabilizer and a good battery tender were all you need. This past December when I cranked up my 2013 Accord sedan, I saw a substantial seal failure in the left front axle. I was very surprised that it leaked so badly. After some daily usage it did not improve, so losing confidence in the car, I traded it. Maybe it was a freak thing, but seals and gaskets do dry out, even on a newer car.

But I've stored my Infiniti for 5 months every year in North Carolina in an insulated but unheated garage and never had a problem.

Edit: if you drive the car 1-2 times a month, I wouldn't sweat it.


Porgy Tirebiter: "Heavy on the 30 weight, Mom."
2017 Toyota Camry XLE, 12K, 2nd owner
2007 Honda Ridgeline RTS, 96K, original owner
2007 Infiniti M35, 115K, original owner
Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343833 02/07/20 03:31 PM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 10,716
E
Eddie Offline
Offline
E
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 10,716
For a 2-4 week sit do nothing. Ed


2014 CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)
Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343835 02/07/20 03:34 PM
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 14,498
C
CT8 Offline
Offline
C
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 14,498
Rent a car as needed.


2015 F150 2.7
2018 F350 6.2
Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343847 02/07/20 03:51 PM
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 110
J
JohnG Offline
Offline
J
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 110
Yeah. Even in a garage, heat will be you cars biggest enemy. If your garage door is south facing, it will be nothing for the temps to reach 95+ on a sunny day. And I mean PLUS!
So seals will get hard.

From your planned pattern of usage, gasoline won't really be an issue, a little stabil should do the trick. You are also going to be near the water, so expect some weird places to corrode from the salty mist. Check battery terminals and stuff regularly.
Don't keep any windows open, Anoles will get into places you can't imagine. Harmless, but who needs dead ones in their car?

My neighbor keeps one here all year long, drives maybe twice or 3 times a year, no issues at all. Battery tender should only be a maintainer, and he puts his on a weekly timer, not every day due to the heat.

Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343851 02/07/20 03:54 PM
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 110
J
JohnG Offline
Offline
J
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 110
Welcome to Florida!

Bring CONCRETE, we need plenty more! LOL

(Should be the new state motto!)

Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343855 02/07/20 04:01 PM
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 23,848
D
Donald Offline
Offline
D
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 23,848
Instead of the mouse repellent you use in Ohio, you will need gator repellent.


2015 Ford F-250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343941 02/07/20 05:52 PM
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 4,022
A
atikovi Offline
Offline
A
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 4,022
Originally Posted by CincyDavid
We are buying a home in Port Charlotte FL. Planning to drive something down there and leave it.


Get something fun, not a boring Corolla or Accord that everyone will suggest. Parents bought a vaca place in Sarasota in the early 90's. Got them an '86 LeBaron convertible to put in the garage. Cheap and pretty reliable car for $1,500 at the time.

Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: NormanBuntz] #5343959 02/07/20 06:10 PM
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 625
2
2010Civic Offline
Offline
2
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 625
Originally Posted by NormanBuntz
After garage storing a car for 7 months (June to December) each of the last 8 years in Florida, I thought that fuel stabilizer and a good battery tender were all you need. This past December when I cranked up my 2013 Accord sedan, I saw a substantial seal failure in the left front axle. I was very surprised that it leaked so badly. After some daily usage it did not improve, so losing confidence in the car, I traded it. Maybe it was a freak thing, but seals and gaskets do dry out, even on a newer car.

But I've stored my Infiniti for 5 months every year in North Carolina in an insulated but unheated garage and never had a problem.

Edit: if you drive the car 1-2 times a month, I wouldn't sweat it.


The axle seal going into the transmission was leaking? Or the axle itself? Either way it's a minor repair and seems like a weird reason to dump a car because of it.


2010 Honda Civic LX
Valvoline SynPower 5w-20 - Napa Gold oil filter
59,992 miles
Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CT8] #5343960 02/07/20 06:11 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 5,498
C
CourierDriver Offline
Offline
C
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 5,498
Originally Posted by CT8
Rent a car as needed.
If one has enough bucks to live that life style, same as above,,,Rent a car!!! when in FL


I'd still like to have my 67 Beetle back....life was easy then..imho 2 quarts of oil roughly ,lol
Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: CincyDavid] #5343987 02/07/20 06:32 PM
Joined: Jun 2014
Posts: 2,403
V
Vern_in_IL Offline
Offline
V
Joined: Jun 2014
Posts: 2,403
More thieves in Florida!

Neighbor retired down there, she was the only house on her block not broken into and things stolen.....

She moved back to Illinois.... one of the worst states to retire in!

You need a good caretaker, and I would make sure that car in that garage is immobilized.

Re: Keeping a car at a vacation home in FL [Re: Vern_in_IL] #5343990 02/07/20 06:36 PM
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 272
O
OilReport99 Offline
Offline
O
Joined: Sep 2019
Posts: 272
Originally Posted by Vern_in_IL
More thieves in Florida!


They usually come from Illinois, New York or Cuba!


crackmeup

Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

BOB IS THE OIL GUY® Powered by UBB.threads™