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Old 05-20-2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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Getting Deployed...leaving the car sit awhile

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!
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:38 PM   #2
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Well i would let your gf drive it at least once a month so the tires stay in shape, and the gas is used before it goes bad. Ive heard somewhere that some people just let the car sit and start it from time to time, but many people said its not good for the car. i dont know too much about what to do here though....
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:38 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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Have her drive it one day out of every week. You have to get the engine and exhaust up to temp. If you just start it, moisture builds up in the exhaust and it invites rust. And, keep in the garage. The sun is very bad for the paint and interior. By driving one day per week, this will ensure the battery will always have a charge. And when it's not being drivin, having a full gas tank is good. No chance for condensation to build up.

Just what I would do.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:28 PM   #5
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I would probably just leave the battery on a charger and leave very little fuel in it so when you get back you can just fill it up with new gas, but thats just because I would never let anyone else drive my car.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:34 PM   #6
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good luck over seas buddy, and thanks for your service to the country.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:36 PM   #7
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get a trickle charger or something to keep the battery charged. I lost my license for 4 months and during that time the battery lost its storing capacity and it was less than a year old. I heard its best to keep the gas tank full so there is less room for condensation.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:45 PM   #8
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good luck over seas buddy, and thanks for your service to the country.
Yeah man take care of yourself over there, I really appreciate your service to the country, I always wanted to join the army but I dont think I could handle it, Im to much of a b!tch lol
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:58 PM   #9
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My 2001 XI sat for 1 year in the garage while I was in the Iraqi desert (US Army). My wife drove it home from the deployment ceremony in the VT winter and left it there with salt, snow and dirt all over it. When I came back the battery was dead and all 4 rotors were rusted solid. I couldn't even move the car out of the garage because the brakes kept the car from moving. Had to replace the battery, all four rotors and pads.

BTW, I'll be in Fort Walton beach in June so leave the keys under the floor mat and I'll thrash it something good for you as well. What unit you in? Eglin or Hurlbert?
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:16 PM   #10
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all this advice is good, i don't have any more advice but i just wanted to say thanks for your service!
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:18 PM   #11
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good luck and be safe bro.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:35 PM   #12
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:42 PM   #13
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Have her drive it one day out of every week. You have to get the engine and exhaust up to temp. If you just start it, moisture builds up in the exhaust and it invites rust. And, keep in the garage. The sun is very bad for the paint and interior. By driving one day per week, this will ensure the battery will always have a charge. And when it's not being drivin, having a full gas tank is good. No chance for condensation to build up.

Just what I would do.
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I also know a guy who put his car on jackstands for 12 months so the tires didn't get flat spots. Best thing to do is what charlesberry said. Good luck.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:46 PM   #14
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hmmm....i'm getting deployed as well with a group of guys from your area....could you be one of them?
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:52 PM   #15
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hmmm....i'm getting deployed as well with a group of guys from your area....could you be one of them?
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:55 PM   #16
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Fuel stabilizer and put the car on jacks. However, if someone is around to drive it you probably don't need to go that far. Having someone start it up and drive it around the parking lot will probably not be enough, they should use it for the day if that is possible.
Best of luck on your deployment
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:04 PM   #17
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3-5 months? don't stray too far from the FOB
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:35 PM   #18
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hmmm....i'm getting deployed as well with a group of guys from your area....could you be one of them?
I'm not sure, I'm in AMXS, working on the gunships.

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, 01:32 AM   #19
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I'm not sure, I'm in AMXS, working on the gunships.

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.
Spooky, first off, thanks for your service and good luck.

It'll be a good idea to run to autozone (or similar), and grab some STA-BIL (fuel stabilizer), fill up your tank, insert the sta-bil, and done.

Also, look into a battery tender, something that connects to your batter to keep a trickle of charge. Because even if you disconnect your battery, it will die.
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:26 AM   #20
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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!
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