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Old 06-10-2015, 11:27 PM   #1
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Letting car sit for year+

With our upcoming trip, we are going to drop the car off at the storage lot, cover it, and then essentially forget about it until we get back. The car would be in full-sun at the storage lot (except for shadows from the neighboring campers).

My plan right now is to-

1) get it washed/waxed/detailed
2) top off the tires (maybe even slightly over-inflate them)
3) fill the gas tank
4) add stabil for the fuel
5) cover it (making sure the tires are covered)

If I don't cover it, I could probably get a friend to drive it for a day each month. Do his work commute or something of 20 or so miles each way. I'm not positive that he is not-flighty enough to remember, though.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:37 PM   #2
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Remove battery and put car up on jack stands with wheels off ground. Would actually try to leave as little as possible gas in tank so when returning adding gas will dilute seperated fuel. Would recommend towing vehicle out of storage if it will not be driven as all fluids will break down and need to be replaced. A good cover (cloth) would be a must to protect paint and interior.
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:48 PM   #3
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always store a car with full fuel tank. It will be fine. The battery will be dead but that's no big deal. I'd disconnect the battery and just jump start it when you return. Your list is good.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:08 AM   #4
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always store a car with full fuel tank.
X2. With Stabil or the like it will go 12 months just fine. Much better than condensation build up in yer tank.

Steel wool pad in the tailpipe and block off the air intake to keep out little critters from making a home.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:43 AM   #5
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Did you say for a year? Sell the car. Buy what you want when you get back.
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Yarome, it's a Hyundai Elantra... where is the "air intake"?

And Evereddie, we debated that on and off. It's inexpensive to keep it and it is paid off. Ultimately, I'm out of time to sell it unless
I dump it on CarMax.
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So, additional steps:

- disconnect battery
- put steel wool in tail pipe and air intake (once I know where that is)
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:17 AM   #8
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Put the stabilizer in the tank (Sea Foam or Staynadine, since Sta-bil doesn't help with the ethanol issues,) fill it up, and drive it a bit to get the treated fuel into the pump, injectors, etc. You don't want to go through the trouble of treating the fuel in the tank if the fuel in the rest of the system turns into a sludgy, gummy mess while you're away. I don't think I'd mess with the tires.
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No, don't dump it, sounds like keep it wins. Put your heat and air system on recirculate before you park it. Just in case a critter gets in your air system and takes up residence. Happened to me once on a Dodge Colt Vista Wagon. Recirculate will close some of the doors in the air system to the outside world.
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Put the stabilizer in the tank (Sea Foam or Staynadine, since Sta-bil doesn't help with the ethanol issues,) fill it up, and drive it a bit to get the treated fuel into the pump, injectors, etc. You don't want to go through the trouble of treating the fuel in the tank if the fuel in the rest of the system turns into a sludgy, gummy mess while you're away. I don't think I'd mess with the tires.
Thanks for the driving tip, Taran. I likely would have dumped it in at the storage lot.



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No, don't dump it, sounds like keep it wins. Put your heat and air system on recirculate before you park it. Just in case a critter gets in your air system and takes up residence. Happened to me once on a Dodge Colt Vista Wagon. Recirculate will close some of the doors in the air system to the outside world.

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