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Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by vfeffed, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. vfeffed

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    Hi everybody,

    As the title suggests I haven't had my car serviced in 3 years. Dumb I know so I'm happy to cop some slack for it.

    I haven't serviced it because I have only travelled 4085kms in this time. I had a work vehicle that I also used for personal use.

    The car literally sits in the garage doing nothing, out of sight, out of mind. I haven't given servicing it any thought as I've figured it’s not doing the KMs to justify the work required at the service intervals. It would be up for its 120,000 KM service had I kept up with the servicing schedule though it has only done 33,531 KMs.

    I am leaving that job and will start using my car again. I have only just learned that oil amongst other fluids in the car can 'go off', so regardless of the KMs I've done this oil is way past its used by date?

    I plan to do an oil change at minimum ASAP, should I be doing an engine oil flush also?

    What else should I be doing with the car after having it sit around so long. As it stands it runs/drives fine. I charged the battery in it every so often so no issue there.

    Thanks all :)
     
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    People will tell you all sorts of things about oil going off and oxidising and all the rest of it but it's all just stories they heard from their mates uncles brothers aunty.
    I would suggest taking the car for a gentle 15 minute drive then give it a oil change with a quality oil. Something like HP5, Helix Ultra, Synpower etc.
    Then if everything feels good Bob's your uncle. Go with the oil flush if you want to.
     
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    Brake fluid should also be done...
     
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    If you believe oil doesn't degrade/break down over time id just drive it and it will be fine...
    Otherwise id be changing every fluid/oil.
     
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    Change all fluids regardless of any advice to the contrary as it's cheap insurance.

    Check all rubber hoses and change anything that has a hint of aging.

    Check the brake lines and callipers when changing out the fluid.

    If the vehicle has sat in one spot for a long time without the tyre pressures being regularly checked the tyres could also be flat spotted, this is one problem I've faced a few times over the years.

    Get some fresh fuel into the tank.




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    Wow vfeffed!...very similar situation to the MY14 CalaisV (V6 sedan) that I called the RACQ out to today. It was Dad’s..he passed away mid 2016 and Mum doesn’t drive anymore so it’s been sitting in a shed. It was purchased new in December 2013 but has had intermittent running in the last 3yrs, was serviced 2yrs ago but hasn’t been started since around Easter this year. Early 30ks on the clock just like yours.

    RACQ voltmeter read nothing initially but then he got 1.5V...pretty good if it were a triple A cell :p

    He then used a meter to read the alternator and we watched it recover from about 2 into the 20s...he reckons it was worth charging the battery with that sort of rapid recovery, so I’ve got it on charge for 24hrs to see how it goes...not bad for a 6yr old battery but then again I had the original battery in my VE changed after 8yrs and it still hadn’t let me down...just wasn’t as sharp to fire up one winter so changed it before it had a chance to let me down.

    Anyway I hope to take it out tomorrow after checking air in tyres, give it a good wash, get it in for a service (mate at Bridgestone) and then put it with a Dealer to have the power steering recall (which coincidentally arrived in the mail a week ago) seen to.
     
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    When you buy your new HPR or whatever, be sure to check that it was recently produced - get the sales guy to check the batch number. Otherwise, if the pack was sitting in a storeroom out the back for a few years this too could have gone off :-(
     
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    Change all fluids, and it might pay to fit fresh tires...
     
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    Change all fluids, check brake pistons aren't siezed, check all rubbers under the bonnet, run and check the ac still works fine, check the tyres over and drive it.
     
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    Hi everyone!

    Thanks for the comments. Ok I will change all fluids starting with the engine oil first.

    @panhead - The tyres are inflated correctly, I did check this when the thought popped in my head every so often. As for the fuel I only ever put 20 litres or so in it at a time as I was atleast awear that fuel does go off. The K's it has done were mainly out of guilt having it sit there doing nothing so I dont think the tyres have flat spots.

    @Holden17 - Goodluck Let me know how the service goes, anything that was wrong that I can lookout for. I have a calcium battery charger, I think I have charged the battery atleast 3 times, not because it was flat, just knew they loose charge.

    I'm still yet to have the power steering issue fixed, called the dealer about it the other day and the reply was "well we have a lot of them to do, so it's going to take time" lol.
     
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    just get a major service done and stop worrying.
     
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    This.

    Oil change and Brake fluid would be most important.

    Other than that pump your tyres up, they wouldn't be flat spotted as its still driven 4000km over the 3 years.

    Coolant, trans oil and diff oil are usually good for 5 years so depending if they were done previously.

    Other than that give it a good run and you'll be fine.
     
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    My mistake, I misread it to read you hadn’t driven the car or performed any maintenance on it in 3 years.

    I moved one last week that had been sitting in the shed for 2 years and as we pushed it out onto the sloping concrete drive the first thing I noticed was even though it had a brake service a few weeks before it was stored it had no brakes, luckily the handbrake stopped it from rolling down into the pool.

    When the pedal went clean to the floor I had a moment when the butterflies in my stomach quickly turned to Pterodactyls.

    A rookie error as I didn’t even think to try and pump the brakes up before we started to push it out and I should have known better as I’d had it happen before.

    I’m not sure what I would have done if it had an electric handbrake.

    It doesn’t apply in your case as you've been driving the vehicle on and off for short distances but if you have one that has been standing without use for some time, check everything that is vital before moving it as you never know what may have perished.

    Rossimo’s comment about the AC is a good one, as the seals in the compressor can go very quickly without use and the compressor can leak or go bang when you turn it on. It an unnecessary expense that a little between time maintenance can avoid.



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    I think you would have been swimming! Glad it was a good outcome

    The AC is working fine thankfully.

    I changed the oil today, it was as black as night :eek:. Also changed the filter which also looked very dirty.

    Would it be worth giving it another oil change in a 1000ks or so?

    Thanks
     
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    No it should be right if it was well drained
     
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    if it was my vehicle i would because it cant hurt and it is only around $100 bucks also i would change the coolant too if you have not done that.
     
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    Probably no need to change it that soon.
    Maybe after 5000 km
     
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    OK I'll leave the oil change for a bit.

    Coolant is next.

    How hard is the brake fluid flush? Seen Youtube vids looks manageable. Haven't done one before, any tips? Getting to the bleed valve looks much easier if I remove the wheel(s).
     
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    You could get yourself a turkey baster or some other syringe tool to suck out the fluid from the master cylinder. Then top up with new fluid then use the bleed valves on each wheel. Always make sure you have eboeno fluid in the master cylinder.

    If you're doing by yourself, make sure you also have enough fluid in the bottle or container you use for the bleeding so you don't suck air back into the system.
     
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    Thanks mate, have a kit on the way from eBay. Looks like I'll have to remove 1 wheel at a time to get access to the valve which is ok..
     

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