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Bimmer4ever
12-02-2007, 07:26 PM
Hey guys I'm leaving country for 1 month. I don't have a garage..so is it ok to leave my car outside for 1 month? What do I NEED to do before I go? Any advise? Thanks alot.

dtthiaga
12-02-2007, 08:04 PM
- If you're leaving it outside, you might want to get an outdoor car cover.
- Put some STA-BIL Gas stabilizer (may not need this)
- Pump up the tire pressure a bit
- Before you restart the car, charge the battery up. Don't jump start it.
- Put some baking Soda on a plate, and leave in back seat. I till absorb any moisture in the car.

Or, just get someone to clean the snow off, and start and drive the car
around.

slemmer
12-02-2007, 10:00 PM
and keep the tank filled up too.

carjoe
12-02-2007, 10:09 PM
It's only a month. Park it and leave it. Top up the tank and make sure someone keeps an eye on it.

Where to?

Bimmer4ever
12-02-2007, 11:07 PM
Thanks guys.

Bimmer4ever
12-02-2007, 11:09 PM
- If you're leaving it outside, you might want to get an outdoor car cover.
- Put some STA-BIL Gas stabilizer (may not need this)
- Pump up the tire pressure a bit
- Before you restart the car, charge the battery up. Don't jump start it.
- Put some baking Soda on a plate, and leave in back seat. I till absorb any moisture in the car.

Or, just get someone to clean the snow off, and start and drive the car
around.

Could you plz tell me why can't I jump start the car? and ..I don't have anything to charge the battery, any good ones in CT? Brand? Thanks

dtthiaga
12-03-2007, 08:51 AM
Jump starting the car, if the battery is weak/dead from sitting puts a lot of strain on the Alternator.

It is also better for the battery to do a slower overnight charge.

You might be okay with having the car sit for a month. If it cranks over, then you are fine. If it doesn't, then it's better to charge it instead first.

CT Chargers are fine.

Bimmer4ever
12-03-2007, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the advise

someguy
12-03-2007, 08:47 PM
i advise getting a cover for it as well

Jamil
12-03-2007, 09:09 PM
All the tips given are good... if you're storing the car for an extended period but it's only a month. I can't see why you'd have to do anything except fill up the gas tank and cover the car for 4 weeks. Using STA-BIL isn't necessary for such a short period and I don't see why you'd have to do anything with the battery???

If you did want to keep it charging though try the BatteryMinder. I use it when I store my car in the winter, plugs into the wall, works great.

http://www.vdcelectronics.com/batteryminder_12117.htm

BlitzSix
12-04-2007, 01:07 AM
Jump starting the car, if the battery is weak/dead from sitting puts a lot of strain on the Alternator.

It is also better for the battery to do a slower overnight charge.

You might be okay with having the car sit for a month. If it cranks over, then you are fine. If it doesn't, then it's better to charge it instead first.

CT Chargers are fine.

Would it not be easier to just disconnect the battery before he leaves so that it doesn't die instead of going through the trouble of recharging it once it's dead?

Either way it shouldn't die in a month though..