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kirkus8 03-24-2013 01:21 PM

how to prep my car to sit for awhile
 
Hello all. I will be leaving for the airforce may 6 and will be gone for 5+ months. I was just wondering what things I can do to my 06 focus to help it get through without really being driven. I know my parents will run it every week but probably not drive it. (Wont have insurance) car has 72k on it

Thanks

felixthecat 03-24-2013 02:02 PM

Add fresh fuel & fuel stabilizer, change the oil/filter. When they run it make sure they get it hot for 10-15 minutes at least. Give it to me to drive!!!!!!!!!!

S0C0nFused 03-26-2013 03:33 PM

will it be garaged?

jonnmandy 05-26-2013 09:48 PM

I know you already left but for future deployments you can use this. What I did was washed my car changed the oil added fuel stabilizer and put it on jacks disconnected the battery and put a car cover on it Started right up when I got back from a 12 month tour. you can also put avgas in the tank about 2-3 gallons avgas doesn't go stale. Good luck

ViperThreat 05-26-2013 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jonnmandy (Post 4739108)
you can also put avgas in the tank about 2-3 gallons avgas doesn't go stale. Good luck

NOOOOOOOO!!!! Dont put avgas in it. Avgas is leaded, it will kill your catalytic.

jugglethese 05-27-2013 05:03 AM

dont leave the e-break engaged

AllCarFan 05-27-2013 08:03 AM

it really needs to be DRIVEN at least once a week. ....by that I mean, backed out of the driveway, turn around, and back up the driveway. That will keep you from getting flat spots on your tires.

Gadabout 05-27-2013 12:05 PM

Have a 12V Smart Battery Charger is a pretty good idea IMO. I know a lot of "car collectors" use them to keep their cars ready to go after sitting a while.

jonnmandy 05-27-2013 12:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ViperThreat (Post 4739116)
NOOOOOOOO!!!! Dont put avgas in it. Avgas is leaded, it will kill your catalytic.

I probably should have elaborated on that one. 100LL (Low Lead) it has a blue tint. However, you still don't want to put to much of it though.

good catch Viper Threat.

mikebontoft 05-27-2013 01:32 PM

Not a thing. lol. Had a car sit for well over 4 years and it cranked over after a new battery and a little tapping on the injectors. haha.


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