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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-19-2004, 05:19 AM
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RE: Suggestions for LONG term storage...

keep in mind that a vehicle is designed to support its own weight on its wheels or jacking points only.

the best thing is to use old tires if you want to avoid flat-spotting.

very expensive collector cars sit in museums for decades at a time sitting on their own wheels. i personally would not "put a car on blocks".

good luck.
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Fill up your gas I've heard the gas tank could rust if its left empty for a long time.
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My 84 Porsche 944 has been a hanger queen most of its life, with 54K on the odo. Only problems encountered were battery related. No matter what I tried, they never last, if not used. Otherwise, the car starts right up with no problems, even after sitting around for a few years. Original rubber is still on the car, & the car is not on blocks. I don't trust the 20 yr old rubber anymore, but the tires are still inflated, after one year of not being on the road. And as for the rodent problem, don't place any traps/poisons inside the car, as you just might get a dead rat inside, & that would be a mess to clean up & get rid of the smell after one year. Good luck, & keep your head down -- most casualties are rookies during their first few weeks in the zone, & short timers, only thinking about getting out.
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storing/ laying up vehicle long term

After visiting many forums, including this one, and getting little and also poor info from dealers, a Merc Roadside assistance mechanic gave me invaluable and solid advice for laying up my vehicles - SL and ML - for up to a year. I did so last year for 8 months and had no problems starting and driving immediately. Here are the steps I followed in order:

Service – oil & filter change
Wash and wax car if you are a car nut like me!
Let dry overnight.
Add Stabil fuel conditioner to full tank of fuel.
Inflate tires up to 48psi cold.
Drive/run vehicle with AC OFF and fan on high with all vents open for 5-10 mins (dries out AC moisture in pan and stops mildew smell). Also this circulates the Stabil conditioned fuel.
Spray disc brakes lightly with F1 wax or equiv. Wipe off when dry. Only necessary to do this in high humidity region to stop disc rust).
Drive onto 4, at least 4inch high, 18x18in squares of styrofoam, to stop flat-spot. (Forget the overpriced so-called molded plastic ones - they are too thin on floor.)
Do not engage handbrake.
Disconnect battery/ies completely.
Manually lock all doors/trunk.
Cover vehicle with clean sheet, then cover with good quality breathing car cover. (I use Merc ones as they are a perfect fit and water repellent).

For restart:
Connect main battery first, then starter battery in SL, Start car and run at 1500 (max) rpm until warm.
You MUST turn steering-wheel full right and full left to reset turn lights/ signals and sensors.
If windows and roof do not reset properly open fully then close and hold switch in full close position until a click is heard.

Bingo - ready to go.
I hope this helps. Worked for me many times!
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