How do I prep my WRX for long-term storage...?
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This is a discussion on How do I prep my WRX for long-term storage...? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I am leaving in a week for a 4 month study abroad program. I will be storing my car in ...

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    Question How do I prep my WRX for long-term storage...?

    I am leaving in a week for a 4 month study abroad program. I will be storing my car in my dad's warehouse, where it should be safe and sound. He will be taking it for a drive every so often just to keep it in working order.
    Is there anything I should do to properly store it for this 4 month period? I'm talking about gas level, oil level, tire pressure, etc. etc.
    It seems like it will be ok how it is, but I just figured I'd ask in case there is anything I dont know about.
    Thanks in advance...
    o-|-<) bryan

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    Oil level normal. Air pressure maybe a bit high as they will lose a little. Gas full w/ fuel stabilizer. That oughta do it especially since it will be driven occasionally.

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    How often will he drive it?

    For a longer term storage I do all the above plus..

    top off fluids
    disconnect the battery
    put car on jack stands so tires dont flat spot
    wash/wax cover car
    crack windows slighty undercover

    thats about it!

    Enjoy your trip
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    Here's what I did when I stored my Si.

    - Fresh oil change. Oil lubricates the engine as well as trapping moisture and unburned fuel. This moisture and unburned fuel will turn to acid and attack engine parts (bearings and seals) over time.

    - Fuel stabilizer and full tank of gas. Fuel will deteriorate in as little as 60 days causing varnish deposits to build up in the engine.

    - Lube all hinges and use protectant on all rubber seals (door, trunk, etc.)

    - Box or two of Arm & Hammer baking soda to absorb moisture and odors in the interior.

    - A large plastic tarp to park the car on. Concrete holds moisture that will 'attack' the underside of your car over time. The tarp will provide a good moisture barrier.
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