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Long term car storage
Replies: 10Last Post Jan. 29 1:35pm by margasurratt
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I will be storing my car in an outdoor storage facility for my travels (about a year)

What do I need to help my car survive the time.  Sadly nobody will be able to turn the car on every now and then to make sure things are still running.  

I plan on adding fuel stabilizer and changing the oil prior to departure. someone suggested raising the car up a tad on jackstands so that the weight is off the wheels and help the suspension.   Any other suggestions?

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Suspension is nothing, your tires will develop flat spots in that time if it isn't moved periodically. Cinder block topped with a 2x4 works fine, they only need to be just off of the ground.

Make sure to park it with a full tank, including stabilizer, and it may be good enough to run, despite the smell of old gasoline. May not be good for catalytic converters, so I would expect to drain off the fuel after sitting a year. The lack of oxygen in the tank slows the decomposition of the fuel, and presents less atmospheric moisture which clings to the ethanol in the fuel and settles out in the bottom. This ethanol water solution can cause corrosion. Tighten the cap well.

Otherwise, I'd change the engine oil when you get back. If you don't cover it, I'd suggest blinds, at least something over the dash.

If mice are a problem in your area, give them lots of death inducing treats to keep them from chewing up valuable things, like the wiring harness.


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sock inside a sock full of kitty litter on the inside to absorb moisture. i would also invest in a car cover.

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Quote: from SLOPALA at 7:34 pm on Aug. 17, 2015

sock inside a sock full of kitty litter on the inside to absorb moisture. i would also invest in a car cover.
I didnt think of interior moisture. Good Call I will do both of those.  Scented or unscented... JK

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Quote: from El Taco at 6:42 pm on Aug. 17, 2015

Suspension is nothing, your tires will develop flat spots in that time if it isn't moved periodically. Cinder block topped with a 2x4 works fine, they only need to be just off of the ground.  

Make sure to park it with a full tank, including stabilizer, and it may be good enough to run, despite the smell of old gasoline. May not be good for catalytic converters, so I would expect to drain off the fuel after sitting a year. The lack of oxygen in the tank slows the decomposition of the fuel, and presents less atmospheric moisture which clings to the ethanol in the fuel and settles out in the bottom. This ethanol water solution can cause corrosion. Tighten the cap well.  

Otherwise, I'd change the engine oil when you get back. If you don't cover it, I'd suggest blinds, at least something over the dash.  

If mice are a problem in your area, give them lots of death inducing treats to keep them from chewing up valuable things, like the wiring harness.



The reason I said jackstands was because I found a cheap pair of jackstands for 40 bucks at Harbor freight that are adjustable and will allow me to put the car up just so that the wheels are off the ground.


as far as fuel stabalizer goes do you have any suggestions?

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Depending on the age, you may need to replace the A/C when you start driving again.

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Cinder blocks are $2 each, how much is a single 2x4?

I can't say much about stabilizer. In my experience, gasoline has a shelf life of three months, extended to six months with stabilizer.

I do know that an inch of fuel in the tank will break down much faster than would a full tank. It also stands the chance of crusting up the pickup screen in the bottom. With a full tank and stabilizer, you might get away with burning half of it off when you return, and topping off with premium to offset the loss of octane rating. An octane booster would also help, but I'd be concerned about water.

I heard that up north, premium fuel has higher ethanol levels. If this is the case, then I would park it with regular.

If you end up with a few ounces of water in the tank, it's not hard to pull it from the fuel rail via the Schroeder valve, as the pump will pick up from the bottom. It may take a few drive and purge cycles, while the water all makes its way to the fuel pickup.

If you should choose to run some kind of injector cleaner, which I maintain is utterly pointless in most cases, I would suggest you replace the fuel filter first, as otherwise it will be cleaned, and all the crud from the filter will go on down the line.  


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Quote: from El Taco at 7:18 am on Aug. 18, 2015

Cinder blocks are $2 each, how much is a single 2x4?  

I can't say much about stabilizer. In my experience, gasoline has a shelf life of three months, extended to six months with stabilizer.  

I do know that an inch of fuel in the tank will break down much faster than would a full tank. It also stands the chance of crusting up the pickup screen in the bottom. With a full tank and stabilizer, you might get away with burning half of it off when you return, and topping off with premium to offset the loss of octane rating. An octane booster would also help, but I'd be concerned about water.

I heard that up north, premium fuel has higher ethanol levels. If this is the case, then I would park it with regular.  

If you end up with a few ounces of water in the tank, it's not hard to pull it from the fuel rail via the Schroeder valve, as the pump will pick up from the bottom. It may take a few drive and purge cycles, while the water all makes its way to the fuel pickup.  

If you should choose to run some kind of injector cleaner, which I maintain is utterly pointless in most cases, I would suggest you replace the fuel filter first, as otherwise it will be cleaned, and all the crud from the filter will go on down the line.


you are right on that one... I have since returned the jackstands lol

Thanks again everybody for the advice/input

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Hey,

Storage spaces and carports are must to store cars and vehicles. If you want long term car storage, then you can go for portable storage buildings. You can see this site to know more about storage buildings, sheds and carports.


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He sent me a message when he took the car out of storage to inform me that everything went well. That's been a while back, and this topic is almost a year old.

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I heard that up north, premium fuel has higher ethanol levels. If this is the case, then I would park it with regular.  

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