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Old 07-23-2012, 09:35 PM   #1
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Garage storing my e46 for 3-6 months..... suggestions?

I got a job offer in Seattle so I will be moving without my 330i for at least 3 months very soon.

Any suggestions on how it should be stored in my garage for that period of time? I know its best to have the car turned on and ran for a few minutes at least every month but that may or may not be possible depending on how I can arrange things...

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Old 07-23-2012, 09:42 PM   #2
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Everything is outlined here.

http://www.wikihow.com/Store-a-Car
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:42 AM   #3
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Yea i and i'm sure many people go through this every winter hahaa.
That list posted basically covers it all, but I personally prefer to change oil after it has been stored, and not put a lot of gas in it (some even drain fuel tank after storage). For three months really isn't a lot need to worry about. Parking brake and battery are really only ones I'd worry about. I'd worry about tires if was out doors, but indoors wouldn't worry much.

If can, yes get a person to drive the car every once in awhile, but if it's only down the road for a mile, some people would argue that's also bad, so who hell knows!
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:44 AM   #4
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Just disconnect the battery.
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
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Disconnect the battery and put some fuel stabilzer in the tank (Stabil). Gasoline does not last anywhere as long as it used to since the refiners dramatically reduced the stabilzers once used in fuel. After as little as three months gas starts to degrade in quality and drop in octane, hot climates quicken the process. After six months you will not have what you thought was super unleaded, it will have dropped several points. Ethanol only brings more problems to the table with phase seperation. In as little as a year the fuel could start to turn to a varnish like substance - do not start the car, it may run but you should have drained the tank first. You don't want this crap running through your engine.

Talk to boaters or owners of classic cars/hot rods what problems ($$) they have had after storing their equipment for six to 12 months or longer.

You can find Stabil at any auto parts store or Wal Mart usually has it as well.

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Old 07-24-2012, 01:22 PM   #6
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You can find Stabil at any auto parts store or Wal Mart usually has it as well.
Thanks for the good suggestion. I will do that.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:37 PM   #7
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I got a job offer in Seattle so I will be moving without my 330i for at least 3 months very soon.

Any suggestions on how it should be stored in my garage for that period of time? I know its best to have the car turned on and ran for a few minutes at least every month but that may or may not be possible depending on how I can arrange things...
The gas will be fine. I have gas in a can in my shed for the lawn mower and it lasts way longer than the 90 to 120 days you say the car will be parked. I have gas in my shed that is well over a year old. Since gas prices do nothing but go up, I buy 3 or 4 gallons at a time, and use a cup. While my lawn mower is nowhere near as sophisticated as your car, the gas I buy lasts for years, surely your gas will survive a few months. You are leaving the car in a more or less constant climate, so you don't have issues of extreme cold that you have to guard against.

If you don't want to come home to a dead battery, then a battery tender would be a good investment. This will keep a trickle charge going into the battery so that it will not have a depleted charge when you get back to it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:39 PM   #8
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Pump the tires, fill the tank to the max with 91+, lock. Done.

Already did this for 2 winters, and started first crank every time (with my 12 year old battery, yeah)
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Pump the tires, fill the tank to the max with 91+, lock. Done.

Already did this for 2 winters, and started first crank every time (with my 12 year old battery, yeah)
Where to connect battery tender. Trunk or engine bay?
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Where to connect battery tender. Trunk or engine bay?
Put it on the battery terminals.
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Put it on the battery terminals.
Engine bay may be easier if the tender could be put under the hood.
What will happen if we disconnect the battery for a few months.
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