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Old 03-24-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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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

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Old 03-24-2013, 02:02 PM   #2
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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!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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will it be garaged?
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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
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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.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:03 AM   #6
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dont leave the e-break engaged
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:03 AM   #7
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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.
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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.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:56 PM   #9
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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.
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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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