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    If I'm going to have my car sitting somewhat dormant for a couple months, what would be a step by step way to make sure nothing goes awry. Any pointers or advice on how to put her to bed for a while would be helpful.

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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.

    - 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 and the tarp will provide a good moisture barrier.

    - Disconnect battery, or get a Battery Tender http://batterytender.com/
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    That's great info bdoug! This should be stickied.
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    Originally posted by AjIsDope
    That's great info bdoug! This should be stickied.
    [Elvis]Thank you very much[/Elvis]

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    Thanks a lot, will do. I have to keep it at my parents house for the time being since I can't have it at school. I'm still considering if I should let them drive it for me or not

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    Originally posted by Timdog1650
    Thanks a lot, will do. I have to keep it at my parents house for the time being since I can't have it at school. I'm still considering if I should let them drive it for me or not
    If you do, make sure you tell them EXACTLY how to drive it.

    1. Let it warm up for a few minutes (3 is fine)
    2. Drive slowly until it is fully warmed up
    3. Get into boost only on the fwy but don't go crazy

    Make sure they don't enjoy it too much where they want to take it from you.

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    I have heard of people putting the car on jackstands to take the lod off of the tires to avoid flatspotting it. Not sure how big of a problem that would be over the course of just a few months.
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