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Old 11-07-2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler Laid Up Issues

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I am a new Jeep Wrangler owner (Sport 2dr 2007), and this type of vehicle is completely new to me (my day to day car is a sedate Mercedes). I plan to keep it at my second home, outdoors (Europe) under a car port with a custom made breathable cover. Given this, it will be left standing for a number of weeks, perhaps months, at a time (a real shame, but needs must for the time being). Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I "lay it up" ? My primary concern is the battery - should I remove it and keep it on charge, or not worry ? Does anyone have any experience of leaving their Jeep for weeks at a time without use ? Anything else of importance I should be considering ?
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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From page 404 of the 2008 owner's manual:

VEHICLE STORAGE
If you are leaving your vehicle dormant for more than 21
days you may want to take steps to protect your battery.
You may:
≤ Remove Cartridge fuse #15 in the Power Distribution
Center labeled Ignition-Off Draw (IOD).
≤ Store the removed IOD fuse in the Power Distribution
Center location #11 labeled “IOD Storage.”
≤ Or, disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
≤ Anytime you store your vehicle, or keep it out of
service (i.e. vacation) for two weeks or more, run the
air conditioning system at idle for about five minutes
in the fresh air and high blower setting. This will
insure adequate system lubrication to minimize the
possibility of compressor damage when the system is
started again.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 403
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:51 AM   #3
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Just have the butler fire it up every now and then. Just kidding man...couldn't resist with Mercedes...2nd home...Europe thing!
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:26 PM   #4
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No Manual, No Butler

Thanks for the cut from the manual - unfortunately my Jeep didn't come with it's manual (or service record) so I am hunting around for a copy.
My Jeep doesn't have aircon - it's a pure basic buddy ! I like the crack about the butler too wish it were true
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:43 PM   #5
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You can download the owner's manual from jeep.com. That is where I got the cut and paste segment about the storage of the jeep.
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You can add a battery quick disconect on the negative terminal side , quick and easy if this is going to be a ongoing deal
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:08 PM   #7
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I will be leaving my jeep in a storage unit for a year while I deploy to Afghanistan in about 8-12 months....I just planned on removing the battery, locking the doors, and locking up the storage unit......should be fine right???
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:16 PM   #8
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I will be leaving my jeep in a storage unit for a year while I deploy to Afghanistan in about 8-12 months....I just planned on removing the battery, locking the doors, and locking up the storage unit......should be fine right???
Manual says: run the
air conditioning system at idle for about five minutes
in the fresh air and high blower setting. This will
insure adequate system lubrication to minimize the
possibility of compressor damage when the system is
started again.

I would do that too. Seems like a reasonable thing to do.
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I will do that as well....just didnt type it!

When I get back I will change all the fluids, give a bath and an inspection...then give her hell!
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Oh, and Semper Fi.

Thank you for your service to our country.
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I too may have to go over the pond in the near future. I was thinking of putting her up on jack stands as well to avoid tire flat spots good idea or nah?
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I too may have to go over the pond in the near future. I was thinking of putting her up on jack stands as well to avoid tire flat spots good idea or nah?
Jackstands are a perfect idea for the tire care. It will avoid flatspots and potentially more dangerous sidewall damage.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:05 PM   #13
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The wife said she would start it up and drive it once a week to the store or somthing. That may be better than leaving her sit for a year... We have been married for over 16 years, so I trust her driving it

If I do "store" it, I just planned on over inflating the tires a bit to avoid flat spots....stands would be better I guess...
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For extended periods I'd remove the plugs and put some "fogging oil" in it, most marine places should know what this is.
It keeps some oil on the cylinders and ring uppers to prevent rust and ring sticking

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