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Old 09-26-2007, 07:56 AM   #26
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Should you add fuel additive if you are going to start the vehicle once a week or every two weeks anyways?
Yes, it is a good idea to add fuel stabilizer. This will keep the fuel from going bad. Just remember that you should get the car up to full operating temperature once it is started or you will be doing more harm than good. IMO, just starting it and letting it run for 10 minutes isn't enough.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:49 AM   #27
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My mother has a car that she maybe puts 1,000 miles on a year. I still change the oil every 6-months and I make sure that I put fuel stabilizer in it, and especially from fall to spring when the car basically sits.

It does not go onto jack stands and instead sits in a garage. The garage in our case has a floor of fill (not dirt, but not paved either) and 3/4" plywood on top; and it's very and naturally dry in there as it is in general on the property itself (no flooding, natural springs, wetlands, etc.). So no flatspots in the tires.

Also no critter problems because the garage is also used aside for storing mom's car.

The only thing is that the battery, if not started during the fall to spring months will on occasion die. So we jump start it, I take it for a spin and back to new. I really wonder if it would be better to get a gel-cell (Optima, for example) battery so you can avoid having acid build-up or leaching? I know nothing about gel-cell batteries with respect to duty and recharge cycles.

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With respect to the solar powered reverse chargers that you can put on the dash or suction cup to the windshield or sunroof, they work as long as they can be plugged into a working cigarette lighter/accessory plug. On the 2006 impreza, when you shut off the car you also shut off the accessory plug, so the solar panel charger in this case won't work.

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With respect to the limited POA, do it. Any form of legal protection, for both you and the one assisting you with the storage of your car, whether a family member or friend, is a necessity -- anything can happen and when something does, people always will get weird, no matter how good they are.
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Old 10-03-2007, 05:18 AM   #28
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c. Make sure the person (if applicable) who drives your vehicle is kosher. Your cousin Jimmy whose insurance lapsed due to not paying his premium by two days and has a suspended license is NOT a good candidate. Your ideal candidate has a valid license (check it), valid insurance (check it), and you both have a WRITTEN contract stating the uses of the car. If your mother T-bones a bus load of nuns, a written contract could save you and/or your insurance company from a horrendous lawsuit. Odds are nothing will happen, but cover your ass.
Would anyone happen to have an example of a written contract they have used in the past?

Did any unforeseen issues araise? How did everything turn out?

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Old 10-05-2007, 02:38 AM   #29
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Unibomber once again you have come up with some excellent information! Are you going to sticky this or add it to the manifesto?
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Old 10-21-2007, 02:32 PM   #30
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I'm planning on storing my car for 1-2yrs at my friends garage while I'm in Asia, are there any extra steps I need to take or just following these steps are fine? I'm planning on either pullig the battery or getting a odessey battery with tender as no one wil be touching the car once its in storage.
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Old 10-21-2007, 08:15 PM   #31
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Wow, 2 years is a long time. I suggest removing the battery. You may want to consider putting the car into a 'car bag' or 'car jacket'. You use dessicant with these to minimize moisture exposure - this will keep things from corroding. You can also use something like CRC Engine-Stor in the cylinders to keep them protected. Also, the fuel stabilizers that I have seen only state that they are good for a year, so I'm not sure what you should do about the fuel.

With that said, my 68 Camaro has been sitting for almost 10 years with a full tank of gas & a double dose of fuel stabilizer. I'm not sure if I would actually use the gas, but it still smells like gas, which is a good sign (when gas goes bad it looses its gas smell and starts to smell like turpentine). You may be able to use the stabilizer for a year or maybe a little longer. Otherwise, I suggest draining the gas when you get back and filling with fresh fuel.

The CRC Engine-Stor seems to work great. For my Camaro, every 3-4 years I usually pull the plugs, spray Engine-Stor in the cylinders, and crank the engine a few revs by hand. The engine always turn easily.
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:22 PM   #32
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Where can I get this stuff?
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:09 PM   #33
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You can get Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer at almost any auto parts store as well as places like Wal-Mart. The CRC Engine-Stor is available at most marine supply stores.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:45 AM   #34
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im in storage now too as you know.. unfortunately you just left israel two days ago and this is my first tmie reading this.. oh well.. hope what i did was enough
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:21 AM   #35
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I gotta find a Marine store now *sigh* I'm trying to remember why I decided to store my car for that long.
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Old 01-15-2008, 05:38 AM   #36
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The rodent thing is real! I saw it first hand in my old STi when I went to Iraq in 05. I hade her on jack stands, but that didnt stop them. They made a nest in my passanger seat!!! Little bastards!!!
How did they get in? did you leave a window open? or did they just like burrow lol
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Old 01-21-2008, 03:19 PM   #37
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"how did they get in"

I am curious too
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:40 PM   #38
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Great read and thanks for this FAQ Unabomber. I read it completely as I will be driving my car to a friend's garage in the suburbs on Monday because I will be abroad for a good 2 months this summer.
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Old 05-31-2008, 10:46 PM   #39
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I store my Forester from Nov - Apr but I do drive it for a few miles (weather dependent) every couple weeks.

To add to what Unabomber has, I use a trickle charger for the battery and spray around the outside of the vehicle with an animal "barrier" it works well to keep my dogs out of the garage but I have also witnessed mice walk away from it upon encountering it. I also add mousetraps around my garage (sticky and snap)
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Old 05-31-2008, 10:59 PM   #40
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thanks your the man!!

my car will be going into storage from july to november(basic traning for the army) luckly i just cleaned out the garage

quick question...

im going to have someone come and start my car once a week and have it run for about 10 minutes, just to keep it from sitting there. there not going to drive it just crank it up every now and again, so, do i need to put fuel stabalizer in it or no? or just put it in there to be safe?
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:34 AM   #41
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awesome write up, everything totally makes sense.
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:55 AM   #42
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im going to have someone come and start my car once a week and have it run for about 10 minutes, just to keep it from sitting there. there not going to drive it just crank it up every now and again, so, do i need to put fuel stabalizer in it or no? or just put it in there to be safe?
Yes, add fuel stabilizer.

Please, reconsider having someone start and idle the car weekly. As stated previously, it will do more harm than good. Just prep it correctly and let it sit.
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:44 AM   #43
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Yes, add fuel stabilizer.

Please, reconsider having someone start and idle the car weekly. As stated previously, it will do more harm than good. Just prep it correctly and let it sit.
what's so special about fuel stabilizer? is it really needed?
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:16 AM   #44
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Good info. I've moved past the "leave the car in navy parking storage" phase.
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Old 07-31-2008, 07:25 AM   #45
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This will be my second deployment coming up, another 4 months, but i didnt have meth injection last year

Just wondering if i should take special precautions with a meth kit installed?
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:10 PM   #46
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great write up! i am printing this off for the guys who are helping me out to take care of my car while i am overseas. thanks alot!
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:40 PM   #47
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Drain your meth kit!!! I've seen them leak over time, even the blingy English ones for $1500 that have like 97 failsafes.
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:14 PM   #48
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:34 AM   #49
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what's so special about fuel stabilizer? is it really needed?
I have the same question. and how come let it idle for 10 minutes is bad?

what if I let it idle and then rev it a bunch of times?

I will keep it stored for 2 months and a half. I will be around for 1 month and a half so I can do things myself. But I can't drive because I will have just storage insurance. That will save me almost $200 on insurance.
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