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Advice because I won't use my truck for 10 months

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

  1. Jun 2, 2015 at 1:14 PM
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    Hello everyone,

    I will have to go to another country for my studies so my truck will stay at home for about 10 months. Moreover I will soon get 30 000 miles when I'll let my truck.
    Do you think I should do the recommended 30000 miles maintenance now or it is better when I will come back? Also do you have any advice to give for when my truck will sleep for a long time?
    I live in a country where it is summer time all the year so I don't follow the scheduled maintenance by months but only by miles.

    My Yota is a 2008 access cab TRD sport with 4.0 V6 4wd.
     
  2. Jun 2, 2015 at 1:17 PM
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    I had to do something similar to this with my old frontier. All I did was detach the battery terminals and got the fuel tank as empty as I could before I stored it. When I came back I changed the oil and put new gas in it and it ran fine.
     
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    I might lean towards filling the tank as full as possible. Perhaps fuel stabilizer?

    Wait - that's chainsaw maintenance..


    Personally I'd change the oil before and after, pull the battery, wash and wax.
     
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    Back what seems like a hundred years ago I planned to store my '68 GTO for a year (mid '69-mid '70) while I participated in the Southeast Asian Games. Based on recommendations I got at the time I jacked the car up so all 4 tires were off the ground, drained the gas tank, pulled the carb fuel line and drained it, took the battery out and changed the oil just before storage. I then covered it with a soft tarp and hoped to see it in a year. Everything went fine except for the fact that the place I stored it burnt down. I never got a penny in any kind of insurance, or money from the garage. I still miss that car.
     
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    Sorry for that vtdog... I hope nothing similar will happen to my toy
     
  6. Jun 2, 2015 at 2:19 PM
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    put two cans of seafoam in it and run it for at least 10 mins ( driving ) park it, block it up go have fun and get educated. itll start right up when you get back. then change your oil and fill it up again
     
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    Put it up on stands to take the weight off the tires and disconnect the battery. Be prepared to charge the battery back up when you get home.
     
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    Top off the fuel tank, add Stabil, and put a battery tender on it if you can. If it's not going to move for that entire time I'd air the tires up to 45/50psi so they won't flat spot. My car has been being stored like that for 4-5 months every winter for the past 6 years, no problems at all.
     
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    Pretty close to what I would do. Fill up with Rec 90. Air the tires to max pressure. Disconnect battery.
     
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    Lift wheels. Gas stabilizer and a cheap battery tender.

    Honestly 10 months will be fine on gas just top off with fresh when driving again. I'd change oil before I drive again.
     
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    Tank with a can of sea foam, remove battery, air up tires, and use the hard foam insulation used on the outside of a house for underneath the tires. Same idea as the carpet but adds some insulation from the cold concrete. Have the oil changed prior to putting it away. If you do this there is no need to change the oil after storage.
     
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    Full tank, fuel stabilize it, put a battery tender on it, and put it on jackstands if you aren't going to have someone to drive it.

    When I deployed I put the truck in non-operating status for insurance. Still covered for theft or damage while parked in my garage. My wife rolled the truck up and down the driveway once a month or so.
     
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    Shitty comparison, but some tacomas sit for 6+ months awaiting a new frame... i doubt it'll be much of an issue once you put some fuel stabilizer in it, then drain the oil when you get back
     
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    Put a fuel stabilizer in the tank and then run it out of gas where it sets. Disconnect the negative battery terminal and put the battery on a battery tender. When you return all you have to do is reconnect the battery and put some gas in it, then do your 30,000 mile service.
     
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    Disconnect the battery and put fuel stabilizer in it and I'd be careful about the jack stands might not be good for suspension parts, so maybe get some donuts and put them on and let them sit like that and do the maintenance after
     
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    Can i see the rest of the car??
     
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    Also had a similar situation in my teens. Except I just had my mom drive the truck every week or two, at least around the block. No tire/battery/fuel issues and the differentials get turned and stay lubed. This would be my first choice if possible. Maybe you got a family member or friend you could trust?
     
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    honestly just this

    0) fresh oil change w new filter

    1) full tank of gas [w/full bottle stabil totally optional]

    2) 4 jack stands get 4 wheels hanging in the air

    3) unhook battery and connect to a battery tender

    4) a way to prevent rodents from making a home out of it
    and chewing through air filter or wiring. so...possibly boat wrap the whole thing

    5) plug exhaust pipe with a rag or some cover that won't come off by nesting rodents

    6) RV storage dessicants, lay some inside the cab

    nothing else needed. and yes get tires off ground.
     
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