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    Question Storing my suby

    I will be away from my beloved rex for several months. I have not yet decided what my best option is; Store the car, or leave it in my dad's care. Is it bad to store a car for that long and what would I need to do to get it ready? If I leave it with my dad, how often and for how long would it need to be driven? Please help me decide. All educated opinions are greatly appreciated.
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    yea i would love to know the best way since i am also away from my rex cuz of school and i dont know how to store it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    I will be away from my beloved rex for several months. I have not yet decided what my best option is; Store the car, or leave it in my dad's care. Is it bad to store a car for that long and what would I need to do to get it ready? If I leave it with my dad, how often and for how long would it need to be driven? Please help me decide. All educated opinions are greatly appreciated.
    How many months are we talking? I'm assuming it will be garaged? A properly stored car should be good for quite a few months. Put in fresh oil, fill up the tank, add fuel stabilizer, put a tarp over the floor, fully inflate the tires (maybe get one of those tire things to prevent flatspots, plug any intake and exhaust openings, remove the battery and use a battery tender, cover the car, wax it. + a bunch more things to do.


    If you comfortable leaving it in your dad's care that would be fine too.
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    i would add fuel stabilizer and put what is nitrogen in the tire and take the battery out

    or just have you dad start it every 2 weeks or so for you and take it around the blook a few times
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    Well, looks like storing it isn't an option anymore. My parents are in a condo at the moment and are none too enthused at the prospect of giving up one of their two garage spots for some of the nastiest months of the year. Can't blame them.

    The car will be uninsured while I'm away. This means that my dad is only willing to drive it around the neighborhood, and would prefer not to drive to the gas station. So, probably the same tank of gas for 4 months.

    1.Should I add fuel stabilizer?

    2.What is the minimum the car should be driven? Frequency, duration?

    3.I assume just letting it idle in the driveway won't cut it?

    4.Disconnect battery in between drives?

    5.Anything else I need to do?
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    bump for some automotive wisdom
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    I would reconsider removing the insurance coverage. What about theft, fire, or other 3rd party damage? Be careful.

    As for little or no use, I would definitely wash and wax the finish before leaving. Top off the tank, include a fuel additive, and ensure the tires are inflated properly. cavallino333 and rr1911 had good suggestions. Can you leave the car parked at a residence but with a car cover? At least keep the paint finish from the elements.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. The car got a coat of wax and a good cleaning about two weeks ago, I'll try my best to get another coat on before I leave. I have a cover that will be used and dcpatters I recognize your cause for concern over no insurance. However, it will be parked out of sight behind my parents condo in one of the most cop infested neighborhoods in ohio, less than 500 yards from the station.

    Anybody have any idea how often it should be driven? Obviously the minimum would be best given that it will be lacking insurance.

    Worthwhile to disconnect the battery between drives?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    Worthwhile to disconnect the battery between drives?
    Depends how often it will be driven. If its going to be a long time between drives it might be worth it to get a battery tender.
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