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post #1 of 15 Old 02-15-2010, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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"How to...?" Store a car for a year?

Based on the experience level of everyone on this forum I figured you all would be the best ones to ask.

I am getting ready to head out on my 4th deployment in the good old US Army. This time I am headed to Afghanistan and my baby has to be stored for over a year.

What is the right way to store my 5th Gen while I am gone?? Keep in mind it will be in a garage, haven't bought a cover yet so looking for any suggestions on a good cover and anything and everything else I should do before I head out. Thanks.
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I'd say any short term storage tips will work for a year as well. Not much different if you think about it.

Some will say to start it up from time to time, I'm one who believes long term storage (winter or for a year) is better off not starting it.

Pull the battery and store it in a basement, on the floor on a block of wood.
For a year, you can get away with leaving it parked in a garage with a concrete floor and covered with a GOOD QUALITY car cover for the duration.

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1. get a car cover

2. put sta-bil in the fuel tank

3. hook the battery to a battery tender, or just remove it from the car and charge it before re-installing it.

4. take the tires off and put the car on jack stands. this prevents flat spotting

5. put moth bolls under the car to keep critters away.

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I see in your avatar you are at Ft. Campbell. Since I am here at campbell also I could drive it for you. JK.

I just returned a few weeks ago, my car was stored in the garage under a cover that I got from auto zone. It was a pontiac and not my camaro but should store about the same.

battery tender
jack stands or old rims /tires
block the wheels
leave in neutral
do not set parking brake
fuel stabilizer
damprid bucket on the floor and one in the trunk

If I think of more I will let you know
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You could give it to me while you are gone.... Ill take real good care of it

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There are also some curved floor things that you can park your car on that keep tires round when parked in an area for a long period of time.
I dunno how well they work, though.

EDIT: Though when we were storing my first car (when it blew its 2nd head gasket and my dad went and got another car) we had it up on cinderblocks behind the garage redneck-style. My dad bought a tarp to put over it..and it lasted alright until we got a bad hail storm..and it turned into a skirt. I was finding little tarp pieces even like..last year. And the hail storm happened like..8+ years ago now. But the wheels were taken off and the tires were sprayed with armorall or something and put into thick plastic bags and we had 2 in the trunk and 2 in the back seat. The tank still had gas (couldn't siphon it out..we tried) so sta-bil (or whatever it was) was put in. Apparently that stuff works pretty well..considering it started and ran fine about 3-4 years later when it was back up and running, haha.

EDITx2: We also had plastic garbage bags over the wheel hubs..those didn't last very long either, hahahaha.

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I have always been a fan of spraying a little oil into the spark plug openings.

Putting moth balls under / in the car.

Clean the car VERY well and ensure it is dry before covering it.

Fuel stabilizer of some sort

DampRid bucket on the driver side floor and one in the trunk and/or back seat.

Battery Tender if you do not remove the battery.

Some times I use jack stands under the frame and under the suspension.

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