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2005 Boxster - Car in winter storage/startup


Vehicle Information: Model (Boxster, Boxster S,Cayman, Cayman S): Boxster; Year: 2005; Engine (type, size, modifications): standard 2.7 Boxster; Total Mileage: 5,600; Transmission: Manual;

I have had the car "stored" in my garage for most of the winter last year and again this year. It has been on a battery maintainer, and with the nasty street and road conditions, I have not been driving it any.I did start it up the other day in the garage, did not drive it any, but did let it run for maybe 8-10 minutes. After it started, there was a very distinct "tapping" noise that sounded to my untrained ear as a valve tap. It did quiet down after the first 3-5 minutes of running.The next day I restarted the car to see if it would occur again, but it did not, it was quiet as normal.My question is whether or not I should mention this to the dealership service department, for their response. Maybe this is something to expect after a car sets in operable for a while like mine did. The car has very low mileage (5,600) and is still under original factory warranty.I've heard some say that it's best to not start a car in winter storage like this, unless you intend to drive it on street for a period of 15 minutes plus. What are your recommendations for this type of storage?Thanks

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