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Old 11-10-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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Leaving for basic training soon

I am leaving for basic training in January and don't know what I should do with my jeep while I am gone. I'll be gone for 4 months. I've heard it's bad to let a car sit that long but I really don't have any other options, I have a storage unit lined up to store it while I am gone. Will letting it sit for that long ruin my jeep? It will be my daily driver again as soon as I get back

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Old 11-10-2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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Have someone come start it up and let run every now and then

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Old 11-10-2013, 02:08 PM   #3
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4 months is nothing, no worries. If your storage unit has an AC outlet I'd keep the battery charged with a small trickle charger. Since you're in Utah I'd only make sure the coolant is in good condition so it won't freeze up. The only other thing I can think of would be to add some Sta-Bil fuel preservative to your gas tank a day or two before you leave and drive it so the Sta-Bil makes it all the way through the fuel system.

I bet you're excited about boot camp, congrats on having signed the paper & joining up. Just a few words from an old vet... keep your mouth shut & eyes straight ahead (!!!) no matter what happens during boot camp. The instructors have their eyes roaming around while they're giving grief to some unfortunate boot and whoever they catch looking is next to catch their grief. If you do that, you're golden. Make sure you're in excellent condition before leaving, start running now & doing situps/pullups etc. and you'll breeze through bootcamp. Not being in shape is a guarateed miserable time. Congrats, have try to have a little fun there too!
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:18 PM   #4
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Good info from Jerry on both parking your Jeep and being a "Jeep" (new recruit).

Instead of a trickle charge,r I'd recommend a float charger (that may have been what he meant). You can get one for around 10 bucks from Harbor Freight and many auto parts stores. It keeps the battery charge topped off without over charging.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:19 PM   #5
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great advice JB. congrats on your commitment to serve. time will fly by. trust me....

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Old 11-10-2013, 02:28 PM   #6
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Put some Startron additive in your fuel tank. It'll take care of the moisture problems that ethanol blend (E10/E15) brings about. Also add more air to the tires ..inflate to the max pressure on the sidewall, keep a float charger (battery tender) hooked up, and keep the vehicle dry.

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Old 11-10-2013, 02:33 PM   #7
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I don't know how it is up where you're from, but rats are a problem for a vehicle that sits for very long. A few mothballs around the vehicle keeps the one's we have away.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:54 PM   #8
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its only 4 months, just leave it running!

I kid, 4 months not running is no big deal. may need a jump though
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:05 PM   #9
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Wouldn't hurt to change the oil before you let it sit that long. And I think a parts store can find you some rodent deterrent that really works. I know a NAPA parts man that uses something made specifically for classic cars that are stored. Sure don't know the name of it though.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:26 PM   #10
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Thank you all for your information. I really appreciate it. I am excited to leave and learn a new lifestyle. I'm in great shape and I am trying to just maintain, right now I can run 2 miles in 13 minutes flat. Do 75 sit-ups in 2 minutes and 20 pull-ups.
I don't smoke, drink alcohol or even soda!
Hoping for the best
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:16 PM   #11
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4 months is nothing! I've done deployments longer than that! Leave it with somebody you trust and have them crank it up and even drive it once in a while. It won't hurt it to let it sit for a while. What branch are you joining? I've been in the Air Force for 16 years now. Best decision I ever made with my life.
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:59 PM   #12
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Thank you all for your information. I really appreciate it. I am excited to leave and learn a new lifestyle. I'm in great shape and I am trying to just maintain, right now I can run 2 miles in 13 minutes flat. Do 75 sit-ups in 2 minutes and 20 pull-ups.
I don't smoke, drink alcohol or even soda!
Hoping for the best
Thank you all!!
bootcamp is easy, I had a lot of fun. I wouldnt mind doing it again.

I still get flashbacks when I shave because in the guys berthings all you can smell is shaving cream for 4 weeks and also when I hear Journey because that was the only music we got to listen to.

I wouldnt worry about your physical ability, you are already far ahead of most of the recruits going in there.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:12 PM   #13
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I deploy twice a year for 3-4 months. Jerry's advice is exactly what I do (I'm proud of myself ! Jerry is THE MAN and I do something like him !). I have a "battery tender" (brand) I bought on amazon, and keep the largest bottles of Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer I can around the garage. All of my gas engines have never failed to start after sitting for awhile (Jeep, weed wacka, mower, chainsaw, etc...). Occasionally use Lucas too... but that's more for on the off chance it helps... I think it's just placebo effect.

Best of luck. Basic won't be the most fun in the world, but looking back on it is entertaining.
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Its just a mind game have fun
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:26 AM   #17
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Left mine sitting for a 6month deployment. No worries just top off the fuel tank add some additive and disconnect the battery. Like said before do a oil change as soon as you can when u get back.
GoodLuck in basic.
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