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Going to Iraq....need help in how to store my Tacoma for a year?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Stew_Fri, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. Oct 21, 2008 at 8:18 AM
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    Stew_Fri

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    I'm leaving for Iraq Deployment # 2 in December and was wondering if anyone knew the right way to keep a vehicle in storage for a year without hurting it (EX: Tire rot, draining of fluids, and which jacks or stands too use to keep tires off ground that also wont hurt my Tacoma's frame, etc)

     
  2. Oct 21, 2008 at 8:24 AM
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    I've see your Tacoma a few times on post.. we should go roading before you leave.
     
  3. Oct 21, 2008 at 8:52 AM
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    We can all babysit it. Pass the keys around and we'll take real good care of it.
     
  4. Oct 21, 2008 at 8:55 AM
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    lol, all i'll come back to is the fuzzy dice in the mirror
     
  5. Oct 21, 2008 at 9:03 AM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    defnately fill up the tank and throw in some gas treatment
     
  6. Oct 21, 2008 at 9:03 AM
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    mws4ua

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    Do you have somebody you trust to drive it once a week or so? I would think that doing the fluid changes, keeping it garaged (or at least covered) and having it driven 5 or 10 miles once per week would keep it just fine.
     
  7. Oct 21, 2008 at 9:06 AM
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    he does have dice in there damn
    thanks your service come home safe
     
  8. Oct 21, 2008 at 9:20 AM
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    wat?
    oh...and remove the terminals off the battery to keep the battery charged.

    i did the gas thing and removed the terminals and came back after 6 months of deployment, hooked up the terminals, and cranked it up on the fist try and drove i off
     
  9. Oct 21, 2008 at 9:31 AM
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    Sorry about that guys. Here's a little more info. It will most likely be in a non-climate controlled indoor storage for about 12 months with a small driving stint around the 6 month mark when i come home for a 15 mid-tour vacation. The temperatures usually range from about 110 in the summer to maybe 05 degrees F. in the winter. My family could drive my truck around and i trust them a lot but unfortunately they don't trust themselves to drive it. I told them they could drive it for me if they wanted but they said HELL NO! I asked why? and they said they would feel absolutely terrible if they wrecked it. Because i spent most of my Iraq money buying it. I bought it within the first 5 days i got home from my first deployment

    Question about the jack stands. Should i get some kind of padded ones or use wood or just regular old cheap jacks?
    Also, is there a way to just remove the gasoline completely and just fill her up when i get back?
    LOVE MY DICE
    AND IT IS A PLEASURE SERVE THOSE THAT CARE.
     
  10. Oct 21, 2008 at 9:32 AM
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    I wish you safe to come back to drive your lovely Taco.
    I will add the gas treatment....
     
  11. Oct 21, 2008 at 9:45 AM
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    I just saw your thread here. Why not sell the red one and get the blue one when you get back? You might not get all you want for it now, but if you wait until you get back to get the blue truck you'll be trying to sell/trade a truck that's a year older. Just a thought...
     
  12. Oct 21, 2008 at 9:58 AM
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    I would say give er a good wash and wax, top off the fluids so that there is a less likely chance that somethings gonna get in and and play chuck norris with the internals. Use good jack stands and put some plywood or particle board between it and the frame. Remove the battery and you should be OK.
     
  13. Oct 21, 2008 at 10:18 AM
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    Thanks for your service (I'm ex-military myself).
     
  14. Oct 21, 2008 at 10:59 AM
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    I think the best way to take care of it is to have it driven a couple of times per month, if possible. There must be some one who can do that for you.
    However, if thats not possible I would contact you local taco dealer, if they are worthy and see what they suggest. Should they not supply you with good info perhaps a email or call to the regional Taco people would help.
    From what I can see by the responses, changing the fluids and filling the tank and putting Stabil in it should do the job. You might want to ask the dealer what are the effects of un-hooking your battery for that amount of time, I would suspect that it would drive the computer nutty. if you have to put it up a 4x4 on each jackstand should do it. Be sure to get quality jackstands.

    By the way thanks for your service as I served during the 60's. From what I can see the military sure has changed.

    Jeff , 06, V6,6spd
     
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    Here's a link from the people at Stabil: http://www.goldeagle.com/sta-bil/Storing Your Hot Rod or Muscle Car.pdf
     
  16. Oct 21, 2008 at 11:56 AM
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    To the original guy - if you can, have someone atleast 'start' it and let it idle for a few minutes. Or even better, have someone drive it.

    Our jeep sits in the garage for long periods and I'll get out and start-it once in a while and let it idle for a good 10 minutes atleast (if I can't take it for a drive).
     
  17. Oct 21, 2008 at 1:15 PM
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    Yeah, i think ill talk w/ Toyota and see what they say.

    Wow, sure are a lot of Military that drive Tacoma's. That's really awesome and thanks for all the good advice
     
  18. Oct 21, 2008 at 1:30 PM
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    Put some mothballs underneath it and inside the engine compartment. Helps keeps out unwanted guests. I wish someone would have told me that on my first deployment.
     
  19. Oct 21, 2008 at 1:33 PM
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    Ooo im glad you told me. What does it keep out? Bugs, rats?
     
  20. Oct 21, 2008 at 1:35 PM
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    bugs, mice, snakes, rabbits. A rabbit got inside my car, made a nest, and chewed up all the wires.
     
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