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    Winter "Storage" Pointers

    Hello!

    Thank you everyone ahead of time who takes a moment to answer my questions and give me any pointers and information to help!

    So I am wrapping up my undergraduate degree this coming Spring and have decided to again live on campus to save some serious commuting time. It feels so good and exciting to be finally done with my undergrad education and starting graduate school early in the Summer this coming year! With that said though, I do have a few questions that the smart folks around here could answer, please.

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    1 - How bad is it for a car to not be started and/or driven for two weeks at a time during a five month period? In other words, I will be coming home every other weekend for a day or two, from early January until the middle of May or so.

    2 - When I park the car in the garage I should have it in neutral with the emergency brake up correct? Not first gear or reverse and the emergency brake down?

    3 - Should I add some extra air to each tire before parking it in the garage and monitor tire pressure each time I come back before/during/after driving the vehicle?

    4 - Does anyone recommend me putting socks or clothing or rags to close off the exhaust tips from dirt/dust and animals?

    5 - I will wash the car before storing it for the first two or three weeks, but do I need to wash it before each other weekend when I am gone for two weeks at a time? What about a full car cover?

    6 - Should the car doors be locked and windows up almost all the way with a small crack to let air in and out for ventilation?

    7 - After I turn the car on after it has been sitting there for two weeks, how much time should I give for it to warm up before driving it around?

    8 - What can I do to prep the car to be in a good setting before storage? In other words, besides filling up the tank to full and cleaning the trunk of the car all out, of course.

    9 - Any tips and/or information that anyone here suggests for me having the car stored for two weeks at a time of no driving for about five months straight?
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    It's only going to sit 2 weeks then get driven a bit, then back? I wouldn't even worry about it. Follow normal operation, check fluids, tire pressure, etc as required.

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    If you are on summer tires (or really any tires) you may experience some flat spotting which will manifest as virbration once you get up to speed, but the tires will warm up and return to round after some highway time.

    The make ramps/things that help avoid this that allow the tires to sit in "rounded" spaces instead of on the flat concrete, but probably overkill if you're going to be driving it every few weeks instead of parking it all winter. They are obscenely expensive (IMO) though: http://www.amazon.com/Race-Ramps-RR-.../dp/B003ZAGJAM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Germz to Japz View Post
    1 - How bad is it for a car to not be started and/or driven for two weeks at a time during a five month period? In other words, I will be coming home every other weekend for a day or two, from early January until the middle of May or so.
    Parking a car for 2 weeks isn't "storing". You'll be fine

    2 - When I park the car in the garage I should have it in neutral with the emergency brake up correct? Not first gear or reverse and the emergency brake down?
    Park it the same way you'd park it any other time

    3 - Should I add some extra air to each tire before parking it in the garage and monitor tire pressure each time I come back before/during/after driving the vehicle?
    inflate to manufacturer spec located on driver door sill.

    4 - Does anyone recommend me putting socks or clothing or rags to close off the exhaust tips from dirt/dust and animals?
    again, it's not like it will be sitting for a year.. I doubt a gerbil will make a burrow in your tailpipe while your away (unless that's part of your frat initiation, but who am I to judge)

    5 - I will wash the car before storing it for the first two or three weeks, but do I need to wash it before each other weekend when I am gone for two weeks at a time? What about a full car cover?
    if it's garaged a cover shouldn't be needed, but if you opt for a cover, get one that is breathable.

    6 - Should the car doors be locked and windows up almost all the way with a small crack to let air in and out for ventilation?
    windows up.. car should be locked with all sets of keys in the trunk.

    7 - After I turn the car on after it has been sitting there for two weeks, how much time should I give for it to warm up before driving it around?
    let it warm up for a MINIMUM 6 hours. No boosting till 8 hours.

    8 - What can I do to prep the car to be in a good setting before storage? In other words, besides filling up the tank to full and cleaning the trunk of the car all out, of course.
    remove as much weight as you can.. seats, carpet, spare tire, dash, engine, trans, etc... failure to do so may result in flat spots on the bottom of your tires.

    9 - Any tips and/or information that anyone here suggests for me having the car stored for two weeks at a time of no driving for about five months straight?
    Only serous thing I can suggest is to get a battery maintaining charger. Cold weather+infrequent use can kill a battery really easily. There were a few times where my car sat for 2+ weeks and the battery just gave up. After only a few discharges it wouldn't hold a charge anymore.

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    What if his car strives to be the next Richard gere?

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    Drive your car nice and easy for 15- 30 minutes every 2-3 weeks.This keeps the battery charged up and condensation out of the engine.
    To avoid flat spotting of the tires,just make sure the tires are about a quarter turn from their original position.Checking the position of the tire valve before you start is a good way to determine this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by josnroh View Post
    Drive your car nice and easy for 15- 30 minutes every 2-3 weeks.This keeps the battery charged up and condensation out of the engine.
    To avoid flat spotting of the tires,just make sure the tires are about a quarter turn from their original position.Checking the position of the tire valve before you start is a good way to determine this.
    good advice josnroh. Idk if you saw, but he only plans on parking for two weeks at a time. Hardly time to flatspot if he drives it in between... unless of course you have R-Compound tires.
    I have an STi with an intake and no tune, I never change my oil, and my wheel spacerz are mad tyte.

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    I agree with josnroh, this pass summer I was commuting back to ny every 2 weeks to check on my 2nd car and check the battery is still good, I drive around about 1 or 2 hrs for a recharge.

    The flight was full for 5 weeks,( im on standby), I can't commute back until 2 weeks ago. the battery was drain and need air for my tires.

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    Once I parked a car (Ford Escort) outside for 6 weeks. I disconnected the battery as the only prep. Hooked the battery up and drove away 6 weeks later no problems.

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    Thank you everyone!

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    Drive it, park it, drive it, park it...lather, rinse, repeat...don't over think it. And don't blow any $$ on tire cradles or any other nonsense to keep tires from flat spotting.; pretty much a thing of the past. Not a big deal...

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    As suggested, you really should get a battery trickle charger. Very easy to hook up and take off. If you are going to need to leave the car for a longer period of time, fuel stabilizer would be a good thing (if you are not running the gas down and refilling each time a longer period of time can go by without fresh gas being added). If you add the stabilizer and end up using the gas earlier than expected there is no harm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichD514 View Post
    Parking a car for 2 weeks isn't "storing". You'll be fine



    Park it the same way you'd park it any other time

    inflate to manufacturer spec located on driver door sill.

    again, it's not like it will be sitting for a year.. I doubt a gerbil will make a burrow in your tailpipe while your away (unless that's part of your frat initiation, but who am I to judge)

    if it's garaged a cover shouldn't be needed, but if you opt for a cover, get one that is breathable.

    windows up.. car should be locked with all sets of keys in the trunk.

    let it warm up for a MINIMUM 6 hours. No boosting till 8 hours.

    remove as much weight as you can.. seats, carpet, spare tire, dash, engine, trans, etc... failure to do so may result in flat spots on the bottom of your tires.



    Only serous thing I can suggest is to get a battery maintaining charger. Cold weather+infrequent use can kill a battery really easily. There were a few times where my car sat for 2+ weeks and the battery just gave up. After only a few discharges it wouldn't hold a charge anymore.
    pretty much the best advice you could follow.
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    Why not ask your dad to start/drive it on occasion, it's his garage no?
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