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Old 04-23-2013, 10:22 PM   #1
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temporary storage

well i am going to Europe for a month and i will store the car in the garage for the time.
now all i have is a car cover to put on but that's about it.
what else should i do i have heard of putting fuel stabilizer and pumping the tires up. but since it will only be for a month do i need to be really meticulous or can i just leave it the way it is without a worry.
this is the first time i will let my car sit without being started or driven for so long so any tips help

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Old 04-23-2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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I parked car my car for the winter and all I did was over pump the tires fill up shell premium with 0 ethanol so there's no water build up. Give her a nice bath and put it in the garage with the cover on top . It started up with no problems a few weeks ago. Have fun on your vacay
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:49 PM   #3
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yea what i was planing to do was wash it fill it up and put some stabilizer in the fuel and put the cover on
to what psi should i pump the tires to ?
also thanks i cant wait finally doing my euro trip and i will FINALLY go nuts on the autobahn got my self a Citroen C5 with a 2L turbo diesel 6 speed so i can hopefully stay away from the European gas prices but not from some fun and comfort
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:18 AM   #4
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I do this every year for at least 1-2 months at the time with NO problems at all...I just unplug the battery. On my Japanese cars it was never a problem, but the bimmers tend to sometimes drain over a long period of time...
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:25 AM   #5
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i usually avoid disconnecting the battery unless its absolutely necessary
for some reason i always throws my transmission in to safe mode for some time after i re connect it.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:27 AM   #6
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I've been storing my car for up to 8 months at a time in the past few years. All I've done is:

1) unplug battery but leave in car - or attach a self-adjusting trickle charger (the BMW Advanced Charging System is my current fav).
2) fill tank with Shell 93 gas without any ethanol additives.
3) wash and cover up

I've not even bothered over inflating tires and never had flat spots. A month should be a piece of cake.
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can i unplug just the negative or i have to disconnect the positive as well ?
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:31 AM   #8
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Just negative.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:34 AM   #9
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ok thanks
i just need to make sure i can still open the trunk after i have disconnected the battery ))
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ok thanks
i just need to make sure i can still open the trunk after i have disconnected the battery ))
ONLY your key would work at that point, so make sure it works before, and not seized for not using it!
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:17 AM   #11
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i know it works for the driver door but i have never tried the trunk
i suppose with the battery disconnected the button inside the car will not open the trunk correct i will try tomorrow to open the trunk with the key and hopefully it works.

also as a side not my cigarette lighter has stopped working and i suspect it is the fuse
where exactly can i buy a new fuse from and also i cannot identify the correct one.
i know it is in the trunk but i do not know the exact one

thanks for all the help guys
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:02 PM   #12
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You could consider using a Battery Tender. That would keep everything alive. I've used them for boats all winter and they work well.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:42 AM   #13
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You're going away for a month, not a year.
Put a trickle charger on it (as said), cover if you have one, and that's it.
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You're going away for a month, not a year.
Just about to post this.

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