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Old 04-28-2013, 01:59 AM   #1
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Advice on storing vehicle for 6-months

My daughter is in college in CA and will be studying abroad and then home for the summer before going back in the fall.Her car (non jeep)will be in storage for aprox.6-months.Does anyone have advice on what should be done prior to leaving it unattended for that long.
It will be in a facility so not sure if they can start it once in awhile.

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Old 04-28-2013, 02:18 AM   #2
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Drain the gas and pull the wire off the battery
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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Don't know if I'd drain the fuel, but I'd definitely add some sort of stabilizer to it. And you may want to put it up on jack stands to avoid flat spotting the tires.

Before getting it back on the road, I'd also change the oil and filter.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:31 AM   #4
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An alternative to draining fuel would be to fill the tank and use fuel stabilizer. Filling the tank prevents condensation forming in the void and the stabilizer is self-explanatory.

Battery tenders are inexpensive. I've used them on motorcycles for years

Non-synthetic oil should be changed after sitting that long

Leather-care dressing if applicable

Hope she enjoys her time abroad......
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Do NOT drain the fuel. That is very very bad. First off, if you are draining it you are running it down. It's not good for the fuel pump to be run dry and its not good for the starter to have to crank for 40 seconds straight as you wait for the engine to get gas. Also, it can dry out fuel lines, seals, and gaskets to be empty of their liquid.

Thanks to the ethanol in the gas, this can dissociate and leave water condensation in the tank-without a fuel water separator that jeeps don't have this is very bad. How do you prevent this? Don't leave any room for condensation. Fill it up all the way before you park it. Add some good stabilizer to it and the fuel will be fine.

Other issues are tires,top, paint and brakes. If you have a hard top, put it on. Overinflate the tires. You don't want flat spots. 50psi is good for that. Or you can put it on blocks. As far as paint, if you can keep it in a garage that's better but remember to wax it before storing and maybe once during storage. Finally brakes. Don't set the E brake. They will rust together and that's a pain. As said above, battery tenders are great but it doesn't sound like she will have an outlet. Worse case scenario is you have to buy her a new battery for $100. Also as stated before, an oil change is necessary after

Nothing is as good as driving it tho. If you can drive her jeep every once in a while that will be much better than letting it sit
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:50 PM   #6
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Just wanted to say thanks for all the replies. I now have a direction.

1- Fill with gas
2-Use fuel treatment
3-Inflate tires(max)
4-Disconnect battery(no tender no outlet)
5-Change oil on return trip.

Thanks again
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:24 AM   #7
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Sounds like a good plan!
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:08 AM   #8
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I haven't stored any Jeeps for six months, but I have winterized different JetSkis for over 20 winters. Being from Michigan the machines sit from early October until late May.

Fill up the fuel tanks and use a combination of Stabil and SeaFoam (added before filling up.) Pull out the battery and give it a full charge before storing. Give it another full charge in the spring. I have never had any issues despite the machines being stored outside.

All the other suggestions sound solid as well!
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