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Old 03-23-2014, 07:16 AM   #1
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Smile Storing my Jeep for the winter!

I tend to leave my cars in a garage for six months before seeing them again I have one English car with a clutch - I've been told to put a stick in to fully depress the clutch to keep it from "sticking" to the clutch plate. If I get a jeep with a manual, should I be concerned? What else do I have to do to keep it ready to go?

Can I disconnect the battery or does that cause all sorts of problems?

Garage is heated by the way...comments welcome!

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Old 03-23-2014, 08:31 AM   #2
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Hi Ron. I store my Jeep every winter for about 6 months. I also stored a few Triumph sports cars (2 GT6's and a TR8) for about 30 years over winters along with my motorcycle, and now I store my German car in the winter along with my Jeep. Unfortuntely I do not have the luxury of a heated garage.
All of my sports cars have had manual transmissions and I have never kept the clutch depressed on any car I've stored and have never had a problem. I usually take out the battery and put it on a float charger, change the oil shortly before putting it away, fill the gas tank completely full and pump up the tires close to their max pressure to help keep them round. That's it. I used to put my cars on jack stands over the winter until I discovered that that is actually a bad idea because it can expose the struts and in the case of the Jeep the shocks to some corrosion. Also never start it up unless you can actually drive it on the highway until the entire exhaust system is fully warmed up, and avoid multiple cold starts over the storage season. Usually its best to just let it sit until spring. No issues taking the battery out of the Jeep.

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Old 03-23-2014, 08:52 AM   #3
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Both my boat and my Mustang I also gave a healthy dose of fogging oil, nothing wrong with a little oil on the cylinder walls when the engine will be sitting a for while. I could stall the boat with the fogging oil, which is how it's supposed to work. The MSD ignition in my Mustang though could burn off the oil so I would have someone turn off the key while I just giving it a nice and heavy spray. X2 what LJD says, don't start it unless you can give it a good drive. Everything from front to back will condensate if it's not allowed to get good and hot. Rust in your exhaust is bad enough, but your cylinder walls is the last place you want corrosion to start.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:36 AM   #4
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I do pretty much the same as the above posts with my TJ and Road King. I have never heard of keeping the clutch depressed for storage. When I break the Jeep out for spring one of the first orders of business is another oil change and dropping tire pressure back down.
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:52 AM   #5
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Another thing I did too, with my Mustang, was pull the distributor and spin the oil pump with a drill motor for a few minutes before that first spring time start up. That was back in Michigan where it actually sat in the garage for 6 months without running. That car has a very high performance and very expensive engine in it. An alternative would be to disable your ignition and roll the engine over with the starter for a few 5 second or so bursts, get some oil circulating before you actually fire it up. Bearings don't like to spin when dry. Initial start up causes the highest wear in an engine, especially if started infrequently.

Long term storage is no problem, just remember that a little TLC and common sense before you get it back out goes a long way. Also, when I pulled my batteries, I put them on a shelf in the back room of the basement with a $10 motorcycle trickle charger on them, batteries don't like 0 degrees.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:49 AM   #6
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Thanks - all helpful suggestions. I haven't had much trouble with my other car apart from taking 10-15 minutes to get it going. I was indeed worried that the battery disconnect might result in lost special electrical items etc, but I guess that isn't the case from what I read here. Trickle charge a good idea.

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