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Old 06-28-2010, 10:49 AM   #1
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Your Advice for Storing a Wrangler

Title pretty much sums it up!

At the end of July I'll be parking my Wrangler for about 20 months. I've never done anything like this before so, I come to you pleading ignorance and asking for help.

I assume I'll need to buy a decent all weather cover, add fuel stabilizer and disconnect the battery. Anything else? Is it better to store it with fresh oil? Do I need to do anything special for the manual trans?

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Old 06-28-2010, 11:29 AM   #2
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do you have to store it immobile? the best thing would be to have someone drive it once every week or two. letting them sit is the worst thing possible. and just starting them and letting idle doesn't help that much either. drive a couple times a month is best.

if that simply isn't possible, add fuel stabil, disconnect battery, cover if outside as you said. i would also suggest airing the tires to 44 psi, and jacking the wheels off the ground and supporting by frame with jackstands. so the tires do not sit in one spot with weight on them. put the stands on the frame so the weight is off the suspension as well.

i'd say just change the oil when you get back to it,

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If someone doesn't drive it once a month or so you'll come home and when you start to drive it you'll have all sorts of problems. I parked a 4x4 for 6 months once while I was away for military training and came home and the thing fell apart piece by piece (seals, gaskets, lines, hoses....). When I was deployed for 18 months a few years later my dad took on my 4x4 Ranger as his daily driver (probably drove it 3 times a weeks) and it held up great. Got home and it was good as new.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:27 PM   #4
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store it in a garage if possible

def put it on jack stands on the frame so the tires won't get messed up.

need some fogging oil in the engine (google it)

spray that stuff in the TB while its running... spray till it quits running.. take the plugs out and spray it in the bores... put the plugs back in...

good to go
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:32 PM   #5
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Yeah a garage, barn, anything would be better than outside but do what you can.

Just try and find someone to drive it around the block twice a week or so. Nothing major just to keep the major systems moving to prevent things from just seizing up or falling apart from stress.
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Having someone drive it may be possible, but I want to strongly investigate my options that don't include depending on other people.
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I've got space in my garage.

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