Keeping Spare Car/Toyota Corolla '99 during cold-winter season?


Old 12-06-06, 10:38 AM
New Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 15
Keeping Spare Car/Toyota Corolla '99 during cold-winter season?

I have two cars, one for everyday's use for getting to the work and other/Toyota Corolla '99 as for Spare/Emergency Car in case my primary car/Camry broken-down. I need to travel often, hence I need this, a spare car.

Both cars are in good running condition. However, as seeing impending cold and sometime freezing temperature, I started to concern about a maintenance of Spare Car/Corolla '99. I drive it once and twice on bi-weekly basis or whatever my moods hit.

What form of maintenance do I need to keep Corolla '99 in good running condition during winter-cold season? Should I drive more often for good battery-charge? And, what else do I need to keep it in good shape?

Thanks for opinions and suggestions on this regard in advance.
Sponsored Links
Old 12-06-06, 12:41 PM
HotxxxxxxxOKC's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 8,044
Just make sure the oil is fairly fresh and the coolant is topped off. Add plenty of wiper fluid. Start the car up every couple days and let it run so the battery keeps it's charge. You shouldn't have any issues. It's not like you are storing it for years.
Old 12-06-06, 02:22 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: St. Louis
Posts: 2,380
I would also suggest you put a bottle of Heet in the fuel tank to keep down condensation and some Sta-Bil in the fuel to assure the fuel remains in good shape. Have a nice day. Geo
Old 12-06-06, 03:38 PM
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: North Texas
Posts: 2,345
take turns

You are doing good take turns driving each car and keep up the maintenance all will be good I am in the same boat I have 3 cars and two drivers. We take the Ford out a few times a week and drive the Toyotas 60% of the time.
Old 12-06-06, 03:52 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wilmington
Posts: 4,219
All good suggestions, the best is drive it at least once a week. If not, let it warm up to operating temp. DO add Stabil to the fuel tank if you don't drive it regularly. Start off the cold season with new fluids, oil, antifreeze, etc.
Old 12-06-06, 04:13 PM
HotxxxxxxxOKC's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 8,044
According to Sta-Bils bottle, you only need to add it if you plan on storing the fuel for over 6 months, but it won't hurt nothing.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes