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    Turbo only at weekends

    Just wanna find out from you guys out there whether it is OK to only drive the car once or twice a week. Due to my work schedule and family commitments, I can only drive my Turbo once or twice a week and mostly in the weekends .That means that if I drive the car on a Sunday, i will not than drive the car again until the following sunday.Car is idle for at least 5-6 days in a week. Is this a bad thing ? Is this bad for the engine ? Car has so far clocked up 3000km. Any feedback is much appreciated. Cheers

    Re: Turbo only at weekends

    Should be just fine

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    TurboBat said:
    Just wanna find out from you guys out there whether it is OK to only drive the car once or twice a week. Due to my work schedule and family commitments, I can only drive my Turbo once or twice a week and mostly in the weekends .That means that if I drive the car on a Sunday, i will not than drive the car again until the following sunday.Car is idle for at least 5-6 days in a week. Is this a bad thing ? Is this bad for the engine ? Car has so far clocked up 3000km. Any feedback is much appreciated. Cheers



    A few days or a week for that matter is not bad for the engine or the car. Just be sure you keep the tank topped with fresh fuel. If it was more than a couple of weeks, you might want to consider a battery charger (cigarette lighter type). Keeping the miles low will be good for the resale though!

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    It doesn't matter if you don't drive your car for 5-7 days at a time.

    You may find that the remote key fob doesn't unlock your doors after 7 complete days. You will need to manually turn the key in the driver's door lock then, without opening the door, press the remote once again. Then the locks will open.

    Just do make sure that, if your car sits there for 5-7 days, when you do eventually drive your car, you do use the car for long enough that your coolant temperature reaches normal (i.e. 80C/175F) and that your engine oil also reaches a warm enough level (i.e. 90C/200F) and so that your car battery gets enough of a charging so that it can cope with the next 5-7 days when it just sits there with the alarm/immobiliser etc on.

    You shouldn't develop any flatspots in your tyres in such a short time. But if you do, they will normalise within a short time of driving.

    You may find that, after 5-7 days, when you first release the parking hand brake, it might feel 'slightly attached'. AFAIK, this is just because you used the hand brake 5-7 days ago when everything was still hot. As it cooled, the hand brake can 'stick'. This should detach fine though.

    Your foot brakes (if you have standard brakes and not PCCB) as well may feel like you have a strange contact when you first use them. E.g. you live in Malaysia. I imagine you have sudden tropical rainfall for a few minutes then it's dry and sunny again. If your brake discs were wet when you parked the car for 5-7 days, you may find these humid, wet conditions are perfect for the build up of some brown powdery surface rust on your brake discs. Don't worry. AFAIK, some firm applications of the foot brakes will clean off this brown powdery surface rust.

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    TurboBat said:
    Just wanna find out from you guys out there whether it is OK to only drive the car once or twice a week. Due to my work schedule and family commitments, I can only drive my Turbo once or twice a week and mostly in the weekends .That means that if I drive the car on a Sunday, i will not than drive the car again until the following sunday.Car is idle for at least 5-6 days in a week. Is this a bad thing ? Is this bad for the engine ? Car has so far clocked up 3000km. Any feedback is much appreciated. Cheers



    i'm in your same conditions..

    i can use my Turbo only saturday and sunday..

    don't worry..

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    No problem. Just make sure it's a long drive. I.e. one that is long enough to get engine fully heated, oil foaming and as hot as possible for as long as it takes (?) to drive off water and other contaminants. Water and contaminants are byproducts of burning gas; they wind up in the oil circuit and collect there if not evaoprated by heat of driving.

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    I drive mine only twice a month as I am out of town alot and have 5 vehicles. I have a Porsche charger that is plugger in the lighter sucket 24/7, it trickle charges the battery once the charge drops. I also let the car idle for 3-4 minutes as the oil in the engine has completely drained out into the pan.

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    same deal...i do try and drive it to operatioal oil temp once a week ...keep the battery charger plugged in, gas tank topped off...and most of all hoping for a return of weather condusive to blu roads exploration

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    I also normally use my car 2 - 3 times a week and it is not uncommon to go 1 week without a start. I do however drive my car quite a bit when I can and after 2 years my odometer reads close to 14K miles. I read somewhere here on this board that the factory (Porsche) recomends 6000 miles per year. I'm sure your car will not self destruct if you don't get to that level but I think its not bad advice. The head mechanic at my dealership once told me that the cars with the fewest problems are the ones that get driven the most. He didn't get specific but I think his advise is a good one.

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    It's not just getting oil to operating temp. You must also drive it long and hard enough to drive out the water and etc. that has or might have collected.

    I don't know how long that would be but I try to imagine how long oil at 240F would take to boil away a few ounces of water? Not THAT long.

    You can also check your oil cap. If the inside/underside of the cap has "mayonnaise" on it you've got waaaay too much water in the crankcase

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    edz61 said:
    I drive mine only twice a month as I am out of town alot and have 5 vehicles. I have a Porsche charger that is plugger in the lighter sucket 24/7, it trickle charges the battery once the charge drops. I also let the car idle for 3-4 minutes as the oil in the engine has completely drained out into the pan.



    The manual reads that the engine should not be warmed by idling. Anyway, it certainly would not take 3-4 minutes for the oil to lube the critical engine components. There are many posts which support a warm up whilst driving slowly,and not idling. If the car is stored for any period of time, the engine should not be started simply because the owner wants to get oil to the engine. Cold starts (and I don't mean only ambient temperature) are any engines' worst enemy. That's one reason why Porsche wants the owners to keep any cold start to a minimum during break in.

    Also, in addition to the damage done each time the engine is unnecessarily cold started, condensation forms in the oil because, as MMD as already stated, the oil has not reached it's operating temp. for an extended period. I have heard that the engine should be run at operating temperature -while driving- for approx. 20 minutes (+or-). It sounds as though MMD is as anal as I am about his cars and their engines.

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    TurboBat - Zero problems with what you're doing.
    As mentioned above, after about a week, your car goes into hibernation (i.e. energy savings mode) so you're remote unlock will not work. Unlock the door with the KEY and THEN lock/unlock with your remote - otherwise the car alarm might go off !!
    Keep in mind that beauty is meant to be a daily driver - consider taking it to work if possible - every minute I spend in my car is a treat. While my commutes are short, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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    Hi Guys,thanks ever so much for all your feedback especially easy_rider 911 which is very detailed!

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    easy_rider911 said:
    You may find that the remote key fob doesn't unlock your doors after 7 complete days. You will need to manually turn the key in the driver's door lock then, without opening the door, press the remote once again. Then the locks will open.




    Yes, when this happens to me, I take it to be a sign that the car is telling me off for not driving it for so long!

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    Alex (UK) said:


    Yes, when this happens to me, I take it to be a sign that the car is telling me off for not driving it for so long!



    Nice that your car actually tells you what's wrong. When mine gets pi**ed after being parked too long, I get the silent treatment.

     
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