Questions tagged [long-term-storage]

Questions about storing vehicles for a long time (more than two weeks), and recommissioning them afterwards.

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How much air pressure in tires when storing a vehicle?

When storing a vehicle for several months to a year, is it better to have the tyres/tires overinflated a little, underinflated a little, or at their regular operating pressure?
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Mothballing Integra for nine months

I plan to garage a 95 Integra for 9-ish months in Florida garage. I plan to use a fuel stabilizer and disconnect the battery. The battery will be put on a trickle charger 3 days before starting. ...
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RV fuel when stored over winter

I've been running regular unleaded gas in my RV, but when it came to winterize, I'm not sure if the gas jockey followed my instructions to fill with premium. Is it safe to start the vehicle if it has ...
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How best to store tyres?

So for the first time I've got separate winter and summer tyres for my car (I'm in a mild climate, so it's not usually necessary, but this one came with winters, so I picked up a set of summers to go ...
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Is it important for oil to be present while engine is off?

I have some leaks and usually top up as it goes low. The car always has endless repairs so I'm just can't get round to the leaks yet am starting to think if I should sell the car. Anyway at times ...
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Toyota Corrola 1996, has sat almost 4 months with dead battery and flat tire

Problem is as stated. Long story short, sometime around September/early Oct I didn't drive this car for 3-4 weeks. Then when I went to drive it, it wouldn't start. Completely dead, no sound at ...
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How do I store my Toyota hybrid for 3 months?

I have a 2016 Toyota Auris hybrid and I need to leave it parked in my garage for 3 months. Do I need to take any special precautions? A few years ago I parked my VW polo diesel for 3 months outside ...
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Why is it suggested to change oil prior to storage?

As noted on both https://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/how-to-prep-your-car-for-long-term-storage.html and https://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/storage.php they seem to suggest that leaving old oil in ...
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Starting procedure of car that has been stored for 3 months

It seems a lot of the questions regarding car storage are for prior to storage. I did not think ahead much and thus my question is for what to do after storage. Context: Car stored in non air ...
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Will not using a new motorcycle damage it?

I bought a new motorcycle in may. I rode it home (30 km / 18 mi) and stopped it. I was planning to break in the engine in a couple of days but, unfortunately, due to some unforeseen health ...
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Alfa Romeo Spider ( soft top ) been n storage almost 12 years

I have the above car stored in Spain in a dry garage. It has been there almost 12 years. The car is of great sentimental value to me, and would love to get it up and running again. The car was in ...
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If a car has to spend long periods without being driven, is a diesel or gasoline engine a better choice?

I have to buy a car for a vacation home. The car will spend long periods (up to 4 months at a time) without being driven. I have heard anecdotally that it is bad for diesel fuel to sit in an engine ...
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Battery removal or just disconnect neg. terminal

I will be away from winter through early spring, approximately 4 months. My 2014 Sierra truck will be in my garage. Should I remove the battery completely or just disconnect and tape up the negative ...
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Fuel stabilizer - marine or regular

I had a small engine mechanic acquaintance who seemed knowledgeable recommend that I always store my equipment full of fuel treated with Marine STA-BIL as opposed to regular storage STA-BIL. After ...
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How to prepare a car for one year of storage

This is basically the opposite question to Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time I'm planning to leave my 2014 Mazda 3 in undercover storage for a year, and was wondering what steps I ...
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How to put on a car cover in the rain?

I have a vintage car that I only drive once a month or so. I live in a very rainy area, so it is extremely unlikely to not be raining, even most of the year. I was thinking I could wash the dirt off ...
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How does fuel stabilizer work chemically?

I frequently use fuel stabilizer in my lawn tractors when storing them over winter, and have found it actually fairly effective. I have also remarked that I am able to store gas much longer and have ...
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How should a vehicle be stored if it won't be driven for a long time? [duplicate]

I am wondering how a vehicle (be it a motorcycle or a car) should be stored when it won't be driven at all for a long time. What steps should be taken to maintain the vehicle's health as much as ...
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Engine running rough and a “Service StabiliTrak” message after vehicle has been sitting, why?

My 2013 Camaro 2LS has been sitting in my garage without being driven daily for about a month now, maybe longer. I have only driven it in my driveway to move things around in my garage. The last time ...
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Reviving an abandoned Holden VE SS UTE

I have, or "had" an immaculate 2010 Holden VE SS 6L 6spd Ute with 18,000 km. The plan was to wack it in a storage for 3 or 4 weeks while in Nz. That would have been no dramas.. But that was July, ... ...
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Storing manual transmission diesel car for 4-6 months, what 'else'

I don't have anybody who can run the car in between, or just start etc., so here is what I plan to do Put lot of silica gel inside Cover the car Remove battery Top up fuel (Diesel car) Pump up the ...
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Could a car left sitting for 6 years ever run again?

First time posting, let me know if I'm doing everything right! We've got a '92 Volkswagon Cabriolet, with 175K+ miles on it, that's been sitting in the garage since 2010. Wheels are all flat, and I ...
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Long Term Motorcycle Storage

I have a first generation Yamaha R1 racing bike. The bike isn't worth much money, especially not in it's current condition. So instead of trying to sell the bike, I would rather keep it with a plan to ...
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Battery maintainer vs trickle charger

I understand battery maintainers, like those offered under the Battery Tender® brand, are used to keep batteries charged for long term storage, and trickle chargers are.... also used to charge ...
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1991 Celica with 3SGTE motor been sitting for a year- what can I expect? [duplicate]

I'm about to buy a 1991 Celica with a 3SGTE motor swapped in, and it's been sitting for a year. The ad says it runs, but are there things I should do immediately upon buying the car? I was planning on ...
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Is charging my engine battery like this bad?

I left a 2001 V6 Honda Accord unrun for ~4 months (I don't have a license). Naturally, the battery is dead. I have heard that letting the alternator charge the battery from empty like this puts ...
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How often do you need to run a car?

I have a car that is garaged and not used much. How often should I take it out for a drive and for how long each time? I currently get it serviced every 10,000 KM.
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Automatic transmission sticking after car has not been driven for 3 months

My car has not been driven for a while and it is having trouble and sticking when shifting gears. Should I continue to drive it and will this problem fix itself or is there something I can buy like an ...
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How often to start/drive a vehicle to keep it healthy?

In order to keep a gasoline-powered vehicle healthy, how often does it need to be started or driven? Please specify if it actually needs to be driven, or if just starting it and letting it run is ...
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What would cause a clutch master cylinder to go bad?

I have a 1980 Honda Prelude and have only driven it a few hundred miles per year for the 10 years I've owned it. Redid the clutch when I got it, with new cylinders and everything. Last week I got in ...
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Should I run my generator dry in preparation for storage?

I think this is on-topic after reading the FAQ, so I figured I'd go ahead and ask. I gave my gas generator its scheduled 3-month interval "workout" last night, and after letting it run for about 30 ...
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What happens to a car when it hasn't been driven for 12 years?

I'm hoping that I'll soon be the owner of 2l turbo charged, 4wd hatchback that's been sat in a garage, undriven for over a decade. Trouble is that I won't be able to give it a full inspection until I ...
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Preventative maintenance for rarely-driven minivan in heated garage

I just moved to the city and find that I am not driving my minivan (2003 Kia Sedona) much anymore. I've been driving it about 1-2 miles about once every 2 weeks. The rest of the time, it is stored ...
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How should I prevent my battery going flat when I leave my car alone for a month?

I will be leaving my Focus alone for around a month in (scottish) winter weather. Ordinarily I would make sure to take the vehicle out at least once a week to prevent the battery going flat in the ...
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Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?

I need to travel to the east coast and work from there for a duration of 5 months. I can leave my car in covered parking here and ask a friend to start the car for a few minutes every week. What ...
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Start Motorcycle Garaged for Over a Year

What do I need to do to get my motorcycle running again after I've left it in my garage for over a year?
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Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time

Some related topics: How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle? How long does it take for gas to go bad? The first related topic addresses preparing a vehicle for long-term disuse, and maintaining ...
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How long does it take for gas to go bad?

Approximately how long does it take for unleaded gasoline in the tank and fuel lines to become unusable in a car that is not being used? What causes this, and what can be done to prevent or remedy ...
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How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle?

My daily commute changed from 9 miles to 9 feet when I started working remotely. That means I very rarely drive my car much. After a particularly hectic month, I didn't drive for about 4 weeks and ...