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Old 08-22-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
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Winterizing jeep

As much as it brings a tear to my eye to type, I will be leaving for college in 4 days, and I cannot bring my jeep. Is there anything I can do to "winterize" it while I'm gone. I know for all my dirt bikes I run stabill through the carbs and drain the tanks. Anything like this for the jeep to protect it? Any help is appreciated

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Where do you live? Alaska? NY? Arizona? Florida? Winterizing requirements, if needed at all, vary by what your Winter conditions are like.

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Have a family member drive it once a month.
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As much as it brings a tear to my eye to type, I will be leaving for college in 4 days, and I cannot bring my jeep. Is there anything I can do to "winterize" it while I'm gone. I know for all my dirt bikes I run stabill through the carbs and drain the tanks. Anything like this for the jeep to protect it? Any help is appreciated

Somebody posted this on a different forum..

Drained the gas tank and lines, then ran it until it died.
Put it on jack stands so the tires are off the ground and springs hang.
Took out the battery.
Loosened the belts.
Drained all the water out, not just the radiator, but the block and heater core.
Filled the engine with oil. Pulled the spark plugs and filled the cylinders. Plugged the dip stick tube so I could fill it all the way. I was trying to keep the seals and gaskets from drying out, besides stopping rust.
Put big signs on it reminding myself it was FULL of oil.
Plugged the intake and exhaust.
Put moth balls all over, suppose to stop mice. Sprinkled ground Jalapeno peppers around to help ward off the mice.
Lifted the wiper arms on little blocks of foam, so the wipers were off the windshield.
Smeared grease and oiled everything I could think of, hinges, door locks, seat sliders,...
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Spray metal areas -underbody/frame, brake hub back plates, axle welds with WD40 to prevent surface rust. Invest in a good quality cloth vehicle cover to prevent dust build up and scratches from folks bumping into the Jeep.

Also, build a wooden box about the size of a shoe box. Drill a 1-inch whole in the box and add D-conn or other poison. Place this under the vehicle to capture mice's attention and allow them to feed on the poison.

Leave a list of what you did inside the Jeep (in case you never return). Folks will have a detailed list of what to do to get the Jeep operational.
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Thanks for the quick responses....I'm in ct Jerry
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Know that WD40 is not a suitable long term protectant. Its viscosity is too thin so it evaporates fairly quickly leaving practically nothing behind to protect the metal. Technically, WD40 is classified as a solvent.
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Welcome Jerry. I know nothing about storing a Jeep. I just totally stole it from another forum. Thought it might be helpful.
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The only critical thing I would verify is the condition of the engine coolant. Make sure it's up to snuff with the right coolant mixed in the right ratio of coolant to water so it can't freeze and potentially crack the block or unseat one of the engine's freeze plugs. Keeping a battery tender connected to the battery is recommended too.
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The only critical thing I would verify is the condition of the engine coolant. Make sure it's up to snuff with the right coolant mixed in the right ratio of coolant to water so it can't freeze and potentially crack the block or unseat one of the engine's freeze plugs. Keeping a battery tender connected to the battery is recommended too.
Ok thanks for the info jerry

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