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Old 01-03-2009, 03:15 PM   #51
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:29 AM   #52
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Any good suggestions as far as storage facilities? Just a simple Uhaul or any other self storage setup?
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:58 AM   #53
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Sweet! Yes thanks for all the good info.

I rarely drive my car but I start it a least twice a month for 10 - 15 mins. I should be golden right?
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:02 AM   #54
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I rarely drive my car but I start it a least twice a month for 10 - 15 mins. I should be golden right?
I certainly wouldn't do that. 10 - 15 minutes will not bring the temperature up to its normal operating range. You will end up with moisture (& possibly fuel) in the oil and moisture in the exhaust system. Just let it sit until you can actually take it for a drive long enough to bring the temperature up.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:05 PM   #55
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I certainly wouldn't do that. 10 - 15 minutes will not bring the temperature up to its normal operating range. You will end up with moisture (& possibly fuel) in the oil and moisture in the exhaust system. Just let it sit until you can actually take it for a drive long enough to bring the temperature up.


Yes, I do bring it up to temp. I was just estimating 10 - 15 mins. How bad is moisture in the exhaust system?

Thanks for all the good info!
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:09 PM   #56
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Letting the car idle for 10 - 15 minutes will not bring it up to full operating temperature, even if the temperature gauge reads 'normal'.

Water left in the exhaust system will just promote corrosion from the inside out.
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:44 PM   #57
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Short range driving/idling also allows gas into your oil, which is not good. If you aren't driving it for 10 miles or more, you are really not doing anything in terms of increasing the longevity of your car. Idling for 15 minutes really doesn't do much other than make you feel good.
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:09 PM   #58
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Im going to be moving into an apartment soon with no covered areas really, would a cover be a good idea? Something to just keep the general crap off over night? It will be driven daily, just wondering your thoughts on covering for not long term storage.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:58 PM   #59
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The cover is talked about in the main post. Is it a good idea? You have to answer that, not me or anyone else.
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:11 PM   #60
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I didn't know you were in the Navy. Me too! I am going to OCS in Rhode Island in January and will have the car with me. I am not looking forward to that, but the advice about the cover is good. I may just buy a new battery before leaving, as there won't be a chance to start the car until I am almost graduated.

But yeah, I am a CTI1 (9201) and have been in for over 8 years... I feel old
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:25 PM   #61
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Unabomber,

I appreciate you locking my E85 storage thread and pointing me into this one. Especially since this faq lists nothing about storing a car running on E85 fuel. Which was the point of my thread since I know exactly how to store a car with regular fuel, I am looking for information about how the high alcohol content may or may not effect my fuel system after sitting.

If you could make a FAQ for that I would really like to read it b/c I still need to find an answer without having threads locked.
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:03 PM   #62
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great thread!

Last edited by Ace-224; 10-23-2009 at 08:07 PM. Reason: found my answer!
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:46 PM   #63
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The Army has seen me store my 2000 Integra Type-R a few times, ranging from 6 to 12 months. Each time I paid for an individual storage area in a self-store facility (basically a one-car garage) and used a Car Bag with pans of freshly-opened unscented clay cat litter placed in the bag, under the car to act as a dessicant. You can use the Car Bag only indoors; wind will move it all over and damage your finish. Some facilities have a ceiling light socket. You can buy a screw in plug and run a battery tender on you battery (removed and placed outside the Car Bag). I've never had trouble with tire flats spots, but I inflated them 10-12 lbs over specs once parked and cool. Full tank with stabilizer, fresh oil, topped fluids. You should plan on washing the car a few days in advance of storing it in the Car Bag to ensure as much moisture as possible has evaporated out of it. Check the weatherstripping of all doors, hood and trunk - they can hold water until opened and shut a few times. The dessicant can only absorb so much. Running the defrost hot and full for 30 minutes on recirculate with windows closed helps dry out the interior further. I let the car cool overnight before putting it in the bag. Try to bag it on a not-too-humid day (tough to do in many Army locales!) Obviously this takes some coordination with rides from friends and your deployment timetable. Each time I've come home it's been a trouble-free startup.
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Old 01-01-2010, 12:31 PM   #64
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This information is great...I'm still worried. I got 2 weeks til I deploy, and my wife will be watching my car in my garage, starting it every now and then. However, she can't drive a manual yet...so the driving it part is a no go for me.

Hopefully I can get the other little stuff done before it's time to leave.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:36 PM   #65
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Quick question I didn't see there...leaving it in gear...yay or nay? I'm gonna leave the e-brake off(storing it starting tomorrow for 6 months), but my buddy and I are just wondering if we should keep it in gear or not.

Sorry if I did miss it, but I'm pretty sure I didn't see it.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:39 PM   #66
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It matters not, but I'd say keep it in neutral.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:49 PM   #67
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Ok, cool...appreciate it man.
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:51 PM   #68
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:45 PM   #69
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:01 AM   #70
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I was always under the impression that before starting a car that has been in storage for awhile, the engine must be turned without being allowed to start just like you do with a brand new engine... Is this not the case?
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In theory, yes. In practical application, no. Depends on how anal retentive you are. Best bet would be an Accusump system that provides oil pressure for the entire term you are gone. When you research how much that costs, your thoughts will wonder off to Natalie Portman or something better.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:27 PM   #72
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In theory, yes. In practical application, no. Depends on how anal retentive you are. Best bet would be an Accusump system that provides oil pressure for the entire term you are gone. When you research how much that costs, your thoughts will wonder off to Natalie Portman or something better.
so really when it comes to staring the car you just start it normally and baby it for mabye 15 minutes... all of the precautions that you must take are things you do before putting it into storage?
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Pretty much you nailed it. Car storage really isn't that big of a deal. I've done it a ton with my car using good and bad techniques and she still is rockin' with 130k on the ticker.
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Well got home today and after 3.5 months, I didn't even have to jump start it. Sittin in the cold too!
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:39 PM   #75
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Thanks for all the great details.

I'm up for my first 30,000 mile service on my '08.

Should I change the coolant, ATF, diff oils, and brake fluid now, or when I go to stat the car up again in 2 years? (With that - I need to drive the car 400 miles to where it will be stored - is it important to do the fluid changes before or after that point?)

Should I let the car sit for 2 years, or should I have it started up a couple times a year and have it run for 30 minutes and driven up and down the street?

The car will be stored indoors and the cover only removed/re-installed around 4 times - is it necessary to get a $150+ cover or can I get a cheaper one of around $50?

Will a cheap $8 trickle charger from Harbor Freight work or should I get a nicer one like this
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Should tires be parked on wood to eliminate moisture coming up or not?

Will baking soda work instead of charcoal or desiccant?

Thank you very much!
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