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post #1 of 24 Old 07-17-2008, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Special directions for leaving car in garage for a month

Any special directions on leaving the car in the garage for a month, or even over a month?? Disconnect the battery?

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i've left my car sitting for longer then a month.......everything fired right up when i started it.

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Unless you have some after-market alarm/immobilizer/Lo-Jack/stereo-setup/etc', you should be fine leaving the car idle for 1 month.

If you're concerned about returning to dead-battery, buy an economically priced battery tender.

Oh yea, hope you plan to park the car indoors/climate-controlled (ie. garage, storage, etc').

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ermm... I got a question, I have to leave my car outside... in a very hot place.. desert.. Sun comes in at all direction and I don't have tinted windows. It will sit there for quite some time... anyway this will damage my car/leather? I can't leave the window cracked open.

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ermm... I got a question, I have to leave my car outside... in a very hot place.. desert.. Sun comes in at all direction and I don't have tinted windows. It will sit there for quite some time... anyway this will damage my car/leather? I can't leave the window cracked open.

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Definitely, and if I were you, I'd get a sunshade for the interior, plus dashmat real quick! Oh, and make sure to have a coat of genuine carnuba paste wax!
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I left my car sit in my garage (un heated) all winter. I did use fogging oil in the tank and started it every month until it warmed up a bit. No problems at all.

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I left my car sit in my garage (un heated) all winter. I did use fogging oil in the tank and started it every month until it warmed up a bit. No problems at all.
I thought you're not supposed to start your engine in cold temperatures just for the sake of running it because of the condensation it'll create
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I had a 2003 Civic and I had to let it sit on an open lot in North Carolina for 7 months (September to April) when I got deployed. When I left, I didn't do anything special to it except lock the doors and it started up on the first try and I've never had any problems with it. I just sold it 2 months ago when I bought the new Accord. I think your car will be fine.
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Oh, and make sure to have a coat of genuine carnuba paste wax!
I disagree, Carnuba will evaporate, and I’d suggest a synthetic polish like Zaino. And personally I'd want a synthetic oil like Mobil 1 in my crankcase.

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I thought you're not supposed to start your engine in cold temperatures just for the sake of running it because of the condensation it'll create
oops.

My dad paid for it and he said to do it. Who am I to say no.

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oops.

My dad paid for it and he said to do it. Who am I to say no.
hehe .. I never said it was a hard and fast rule .. that's just what I always thought .. I could very well be wrong
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ermm... I got a question, I have to leave my car outside. in a very hot place. desert...
I'd recommend two different style of economically-priced car-covers to be used together!

First and foremost, make sure the covers fit well (excess slack will rub against the paint-finish if windy or w/ added weight of rain). Use extra bungee-cords w/ rubber/plastic hooks/fasteners to properly secure the covers if need-be!

Secondly, type of car-covers: the inner cover should be a soft, MF-like fitted dust-cover, the outer cover should be a synthetic weather-proof tarp-like fitted cover.

Have the car properly cleaned/dried and waxed/sealed before final installation of the covers.

I've done this in the past w/ great success...

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Do the covers have some sort of lock on em? I have a feeling people will either, rip the cover or take it. and.. a cover could cost some cash. 2 different style?

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When I deployed, I put my car up on 4 stands, put Stabil in the tank and disconnected the battery. This was January in North Dakota, so we hit some pretty cold weather. Came home 4 months later, took it off the stands, hooked up the battery, read what I had to do special for the A/C and cranked it up. Started right up, no problems.

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dont leave a empty gas tank.. always leave it full you dont want condensation to build up in there

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