Putting your car in storage

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  1. Vagitarian

    Vagitarian New Member

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    Need to store my car for 7 months.
    It will be stored indoors.
    But I was wondering if there is anything you should do to get it ready for storage.

    Oil/fluid/tires, etc?

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Disconnect negative battery terminal, relieve fuel pressure. When you go to start it back up, do an oil, coolant, and gas change first.

    Those are all of the really basic things I'd do with any car. Anything else would be more vehicle specific.
     
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    Got the battery disconnect, how do you go about relieving fuel pressure?

    And would you change the oil also before you put it in storage?
    Or is it ok to leave the old oil in while its sitting?
     
  4. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Remove the fuel pump fuse and crank a couple times.

    I'd change the oil before storing it.

    I would also suggest you put the car up on jacks to prevent flat spots from developing.
     
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    Thanks for all the help.

    I will change the oil before storing.
    Im not to worried about the tires as I will buy new ones when I return.

    :bigthumb:
     
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    Ok, so you just remove the fuse to relieve the pressure and you also add fuel stabilizer? What if I just have my pops take it for a spin once a week? Is that an ok thing to do? Can't leave it up on jack stands and can't leave it in one spot on the ground for fear of tire damage, so having someone drive it for a few miles once a week would be a good thing right?

    Or how long can a car sit without worrying about damage being done to it, before it needs to be driven?
     
  8. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    When my buddy was in college, he would park his car for months at a time, didn't do anything, except start it and drive it a few miles whenever he is home.
     
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    7 months isnt all that long, I wouldnt worry about anything other than disconnecting the battery and changing oil before leaving it. Fuel pressure will relieve itself after a day or 2, I wouldnt worry about that. Maybe fuel stabilizer but I have run on gas much older than that without a problem. Especially being stored indoors you should be fine.
     
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    Evertyhing here is correct, I'd also wax it and put a dehumidifier bag inside to keep everything tidy and dry. Jack stands will prevent problems with bearing and tires, new oils will protect parts from rust as used oil is very acidic and disconnecteing the battery will prevent parasistic loses.

    If you can get someone to drive it every couple weeks you don't need any of this, just tell them to use the heater and drive it until it fully heats up...(using the heater allows the coolant to circulate through the heater matrix and not just sit there)
     
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    when storing...park it in gear or use ebrake? I heard the ebrake can get stuck over time?
     

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