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Old 10-16-2012, 01:01 AM   #1
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Parking TJ for a year...what should be done?

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Will need to park my TJ for a year while wife on maternity. What should be done to TJ before parking? I've read oil change, what else?

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:03 AM   #2
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Forgot to mention, I plan to start the jeep and drive it up and down driveway to/from garage about once a week.

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People will end up saying to do a bunch of stuff but I let mine sit for a year while I was deployed and just had a friend drive it down the street every couple of weeks just to move the tires around. I didn't do anything else just changed the oil when I got back at it was fine. Might also want to do it without a bunch of gas incase it gels up but honestly it will be just fine.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:41 AM   #4
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I'd keep the tank 1/4 full and put gas additive in to keep it from gumming. Run it once a week and your fine
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:30 AM   #5
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ya, put fuel stabilizer in it and make sure you run it through the lines and injectors to cause any gumming up or whatever....just change oil when you return...
also make sure to keep tires up to air pressure
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:12 AM   #6
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Why only up/down the driveway? It would be much better to fo for a short drive and let it get up to temparature.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:26 AM   #7
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Yep fuel stabilizer, and maybe a oil change of synthetic oil, I have read it lasts longer without breaking down than conventional? And it would be better to let it idle up to running temp and then drive it a little or just drive it around until running temp. This should allow the thermostat to open and allow coolant to flow around.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:11 PM   #8
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Also I would take it out to keep the tires in good shape.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:36 PM   #9
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Thx everyone for the input.

Can't drive around much as will not have insurance, only "parking" insurance. With my luck I crash it during the short drive. =p

I'm going to miss it lol
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:43 PM   #10
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For the fuel preservative as was astutely recommended above, Sta-Bil would be a good choice. Add it to your gas tank per its instructions and make sure to drive your TJ enough so the Sta-Bil mixes in and gets distributed throughout the fuel system.

Also keep your battery from going bad by keeping a small battery trickle charger connected to it. Every so often go add air to your tires too and cover them from the sun if the Jeep is going to sit outside.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:02 PM   #11
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1. Fill the fuel tank up and add stabilizer.
2. Change oil and lube it
3. Wash and wax it and get a GOOD car cover.
4. Remove spark plugs and squirt a little oil in the chambers and then reinstall plugs
5. Remove battery and store in basement on a piece of wood. Trickle charge it once a month.
6. Buy automotive mouthballs and put them all over the Jeep.
7. DON'T START IT UP, driving it very short distances like you planned will just rot out your exhaust and WILL damage your engine over time.


I store my Trans Am for 6 months out of the year and have been doing this for 20 years.
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1. Fill the fuel tank up and add stabilizer.
2. Change oil and lube it
3. Wash and wax it and get a GOOD car cover.
4. Remove spark plugs and squirt a little oil in the chambers and then reinstall plugs
5. Remove battery and store in basement on a piece of wood. Trickle charge it once a month.
6. Buy automotive mouthballs and put them all over the Jeep.
7. DON'T START IT UP, driving it very short distances like you planned will just rot out your exhaust and WILL damage your engine over time.

I store my Trans Am for 6 months out of the year and have been doing this for 20 years.
Hate to say it dude but you're wrong on the last bit. Taking it around the block and letting the motor run and get up to temp won't hurt it at all. Doing the opposite and not running it at all is worse. It let's everything in the lines sit, and nothing within the motor or cooling system is cycled.
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Should I put premium gas or just regular?
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Should I put premium gas or just regular?
Regular
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #15
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One more question =p

My sway bar links need replacing. Do you think it's ok to leave it broken or should it be fixed? Again, will only be driving around the block once a week or so.
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I would say it would be okay to leave them as long as you are driving and you know they are broken.
But they're so cheap to replace I would just replace them
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1. Fill the fuel tank up and add stabilizer.
2. Change oil and lube it
3. Wash and wax it and get a GOOD car cover.
4. Remove spark plugs and squirt a little oil in the chambers and then reinstall plugs
5. Remove battery and store in basement on a piece of wood. Trickle charge it once a month.
6. Buy automotive mouthballs and put them all over the Jeep.
7. DON'T START IT UP, driving it very short distances like you planned will just rot out your exhaust and WILL damage your engine over time.

I store my Trans Am for 6 months out of the year and have been doing this for 20 years.
X2! It's a bad idea to start it for short periods. Moisture builds up in the exhaust, so running it less than it takes to boil that off is a bad idea. Conventional wisdom for storing motorcycles also says change oil before and after storage (filter only needs to change once). You want to store with oil that's free of contamination, but the moisture inside the crankcase will cause minor acid buildup. You don't want to run the first few thousand miles after storage on that oil.
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Hate to say it dude but you're wrong on the last bit. Taking it around the block and letting the motor run and get up to temp won't hurt it at all. Doing the opposite and not running it at all is worse. It let's everything in the lines sit, and nothing within the motor or cooling system is cycled.
Driving it around the block once a week and getting it up to operating temperature is the best thing you can do. But then your not really storing it are you? He said he was going to drive it up and down his driveway once a week. That is hardly going to get the thing up to normal operating temperature. More damage occurs in a engine during initial start up then at any other time if a vehicle sits for awhile. I stand by what I said.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:18 PM   #19
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Another thing, a lot depends on where you live as well. Up here in Canada it could take twenty minutes or longer to get up to operating temperature, in sunny California it could take 5 minutes. I don't think it ever gets to minus 20 in California.

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