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9 months of rest for my beast

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bra, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Oct 5, 2010 at 9:43 PM
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    bra

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    Hello guys, I plan to work in a different country on the next week and for approximately 9 months, so my truck will stay in the garage and nobody I think will drive it. What do you recommend to do? I know I must disconnect the battery, cover the cabin maybe? But I don't want to sell it lol
     
  2. Oct 5, 2010 at 9:44 PM
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    Yoytoda

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    either run it empty or fully top it off before you park it
     
  3. Oct 5, 2010 at 9:47 PM
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    Doc.SS

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    drain the fuel or use a fuel stabilizer
     
  4. Oct 5, 2010 at 9:48 PM
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    JanBoothius

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    Don't run it COMPLETELY empty, that may destroy your fuel pump.

    EDIT: Fill it up before you leave... no water condensation sounds like the best bet to me. I don't think 9 months will make your fuel go bad, with or without a stabilizer; the next fillup may provide better performance, and less gunk inducing characteristics... Even so, I have used fuel that is a few years old in smaller engines, and it seems to work fine... Myths [about fuel going bad, in a short period of time] abound. Where are the Mythbusters when you need them?!
     
  5. Oct 5, 2010 at 9:49 PM
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    ive also heard its a good idea to jack your truck up and put it on some stands. this way it helps keep the tires in better shape. not running them for 9 months will cause them to lose pressure and it'll create a flat spot if you leave em low in one spot for awhile.
     
  6. Oct 5, 2010 at 9:49 PM
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    01tacoprerunner

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  7. Oct 5, 2010 at 9:50 PM
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    fuel turns into a sludge or slime....it gets nasty
     
  8. Oct 5, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    in my opinion that seems like a bit of overkill... but thats just my opinion...
     
  9. Oct 5, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    Use STABIL Fuel Stabilizer to prevent fuel sludge and put the truck on jack stands
     
  10. Oct 5, 2010 at 10:00 PM
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    Fill the tank full, the less air in the tank the less chance of condensation, add fuel stabilizer if you like, can't hurt. If it parked inside you will have less temperature swing witch also help stabilize the fuel.

    Jacking it up and putting it on jack stands goes back to bias ply tires, you have radial (I'm sure you are aware of that) tires, no need for stands.
     
  11. Oct 5, 2010 at 10:56 PM
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    Thanks fellas, thanks to all the advice you give to me, I'll try to do the maximum of your recommendations
     
  12. Oct 6, 2010 at 7:58 AM
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    Let someone drive it a few times a month.
     
  13. Oct 6, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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    It's 9 months for god sakes??
    What does it matter if the tank is full, 3/4, 1/2 or 1/4 full. The throttle body knows no difference. Just have someone start it once a month and let it run for 20mins.
     
  14. Oct 6, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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    possibly put a fresh oil change on it. this is the case with most motorcycles for winter storage, or the manual says anyways.
     
  15. Oct 6, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    Its from old days when fuel tanks were made out of metal, Full tank would prevent rusting inside. :D
    With plastic tank I dont think it makes too much difference
     
  16. Oct 6, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    Stabil in the gas tank, let it run a little so it actually gets used, you don't even have to disconnect the battery just get a battery tender hooked up, and forget about everything else you've seen in the "overkill" storage recommendations.
     
  17. Oct 6, 2010 at 9:57 AM
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    I only see mine for 3 weeks every three months. I just fill her up and wax her before i put her to bed. When i get back i change the oil. Oh, i also disconnect the battery. I didnt for about a year then one time i came home and it wouldnt start. So i just started doing it whether it helps or not... i couldnt tell because i just got a new battery. Good luck wherever you go, hopefully its not where i am, this place sucks.
     
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    Am I the only one that read the title and thought the OP's girl was pregnant and for some reason he wouldn't be able to have sex until after the baby was delivered? lol
     
  19. Oct 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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    lol normally guys dont call their wives/girlfriends "the beast"

    :laughing:
     
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