1996 Toyota Rav4 how to care for a car that's used only onc

  • 1996 TOYOTA RAV4

Electrical problem
1996 Toyota Rav4 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 104000 miles

I own this car in CA but live in HI. I visit every 6 weeks to 2 months when I use the car for short errands. How many miles/minutes should this vehicle be driven per week/month to keep it running well. I follow mfg recommended maintenance and usually take one 2000 mile trip each summer. Does it have to be driven to keep the battery charged and the oil moving?

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Saturday, January 9th, 2010 AT 1:09 PM

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Actually, just follow the manufacturer's recommendations. However, since you don't put a lot of miles on the car, change the oil every 3K or 1 year whichever comes first. Also, they make a battery charger that is made to maintain the battery charge without overcharging it. I believe they are called a maintenance charger. Basically, it only charges the battery when it starts getting low but stops before overcharging.

The oil is important to change at a minimum of 3k or 1 year because moisture gathers, so make sure to do that.

IF you have other questions, let me know, and thanks for 2carpros. Com.


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