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Old 05-21-2009, 02:31 AM   #21
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:32 AM   #22
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:34 PM   #23
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Thanks for the info RGO, yeah i am NOT looking forward to that weather.

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Old 05-21-2009, 02:36 PM   #24
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You should be good. Left my car in the garage for a year. Started up just fine first try. ITs been a year since then ZERO problems
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:39 PM   #25
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Six months should not kill a healthy car!!!

Fill up the tank (so there is no room for condensation to form), and disconnect the battery.
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:42 PM   #26
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i dont have any advice for you, but to all of the fanatics in the service be safe and thank you.
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:46 PM   #27
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Best of luck over there dude! Stay safe and God bless you for your service to this country! We appreciate you guys.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:10 PM   #28
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Well its finally my turn to go to the desert, so i'll be out of the states for anywhere from 3 to 5 months. I'm leaving my car in my garage when I'm gone, and I'm wondering if you guys have any suggestions on anything I need to do so that it's in the same working order as when I leave. My girlfriend will have access to it, so I'm going to have her take it out every 2 weeks or so and drive it around the parking lot.

I know its not that long, but when my brother got back after 6ish months his truck was in pretty bad shape (battery, fuel pump). So if you guys have any suggestions let me know. Thanks!

Well the last 3 deployments I just let it sit. I didn't have any problems at all. I just made sure to put air in the tires when I came back. If your battery is fairly new it should be fine but then again this is just my experiences. Well see you in BAG. I'll be there in July but I'll be on the EC side. Take care and be safe.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:48 PM   #29
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OK. Let's sum it up

Between RGO and CharlesBerry, you got some ok advice.

NO battery CHARGERS. A battery MAINTAINER is what you must use. (sorry for shouting) A maintainer supplies a tiny current. It won't fry the battery. It can be left on indefinately. If your battery is not a sealed type, check the acid level and top up with distilled water only, as necessary. Disconnecting is good but I wouldn't want an amateur messing with it at all. (sorry, amateurs and girlfriends).

IF it's going to be driven, drive for a day (like someone said) or: until the oil is HOT and then, put 25 miles on it. We're charging the battery as well as
driving condensation out of the hot oil. A full tank is good. Use Sta-Bil if you're not driving it as well as if you are. It's not practical to fill one gallon of fuel per week. Sta-Bil will keep it healthy.
When you return, a bottle of bmw fuel system cleaner will be good for the tank-level sensors and injectors.

Driving weekly is good but if your battery is weak, two weeks sitting may do it in.... as in, dead.

You can jack it if you want to but pressurizing tires, like someone said, is good too. If driven, no problems with tires except to check pressures monthly.

Do you have mice in your garage? Park on soda can six-pack cardboard trays and sprinkle mothballs in the trays. That keeps mice away. Replenish mothballs as necessary as they dissipate/evaporate. Set out traps also. (sorry, all you Buddhists)

Bats in the garage? Prolly won't want to leave windows opened...

Cats in the garage? May want to cover it with a sheet or car cover, packing blankets, etc.

Park it in gear rather than leaving the parking brake engaged.

Lock it up well if no eyes are on it for extended periods.

Just trying to bring it all together here.
When advice is needed, it's best to have good advice but it can be hard to tell what is actually good, eh?

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Old 05-21-2009, 04:40 PM   #30
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Pack for hot weather; we hit 107 in Balad today.

Fill your yank, andf use Sta-bil. I've done this on my earlier deployments, the longest of which was 12 months. If someone won't run the motor, disconnect the battery, and if you have time, pull the plugs and shoot some WD-40 into each cylinder bore. I also spray WD-40 on all exposed metal in the engine compartment. I open the windows about an inch or so (I always store in my garage), and cover the car. Make sure your tires are inflated properly; I usually inflate to max pressure. I never had any flat-spot problems, but am replacing the set after this trip. I wash, wax, and vacuum before she's dry-docked, and that's about it. When I get home, I change oil and filter, and otherwise replace anti-freeze and brake fluid about every 2 years.

Nice thing about deployments--my 8 yr old car only has 4 years of use, and even the leather still smells nice!

That is spot on advise!!!
Full tank is the key due to condensation issues with low fuel levels, Fill the tires to max on the sidewall and install a battery tender



GL over there Stay Safe my Brother is getting deployed in Jan.
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:04 PM   #31
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Don't think so then but who knows. Might see you there. I'll be over for about 4 months. Good luck.
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Thanks for all your support fellas, its greatly appreciated especially since it's my first time there. I'm sure i'll be surfing the pages of this site the majority of my trip.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:39 PM   #32
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Well the last 3 deployments I just let it sit. I didn't have any problems at all. I just made sure to put air in the tires when I came back. If your battery is fairly new it should be fine but then again this is just my experiences. Well see you in BAG. I'll be there in July but I'll be on the EC side. Take care and be safe.
what shop do you work in?
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:56 AM   #33
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what shop do you work in?
I'm Hydraulics. I used to work slicks before I got to DM so I'm kinda a human slave to the C-130 world. I leave in July. I will be working outta the clamshell by the slick C-130's and shinooks. Stop by if you remember. I'll prob stop by the AC and MC area every now and then for parts or just to lend a helping hand. The Hydro world is pretty boring.
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:51 AM   #34
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Old 05-22-2009, 03:38 AM   #36
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:35 AM   #37
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Either have a friend/family member start your car once every 2 weeks, or just leave the battery unplugged and hope for the best. After getting a bike and letting the E46 sit for 3 weeks, it had a bad rough idle for a minute before smoothing out.
Sounds like you have some other issue thats not always prevalent. I've had my car sitting since August, and I started it for the first time about 1 month ago, and it ran flawlessly for over an hour. Granted, the battery is toast, otherwise, no issues.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:37 AM   #38
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When I was in the USAF 4 1/2 yrs ago (KC-135 Jet Mechanic GFAFB) and I'd get sent to the great sand pit of the world. I'd just let my car sit in the parking lot. Figured parking it for 3-4 months wouldn't hurt it much. When I'd get back either the battery would be dead or it would idle roughly for a couple of minutes. Eventually it would smooth out. I'd have someone start it up every so often.

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I'm Hydraulics. I used to work slicks before I got to DM so I'm kinda a human slave to the C-130 world. I leave in July. I will be working outta the clamshell by the slick C-130's and shinooks. Stop by if you remember. I'll prob stop by the AC and MC area every now and then for parts or just to lend a helping hand. The Hydro world is pretty boring.
Thats cool man, maybe i'll see you around. A few of your crew chiefs were in my tech school class, Devlin and Schwaderer (and Gomez but he works ISO)...i don't know if you know them or not.
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