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Owning 2 vehicles and storing

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by boshak, May 20, 2013.

  1. May 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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    boshak

    boshak [OP] Well-Known Member

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    OME 881's, Wheeler's 5-leaf pack, Bilstein 5100's
    I am planning to buy my friends 2002 Honda Civic LX Coupe as a second vehicle driven 80% of the year. I currently live in San Diego but will be moving to attend school a little more than an hour away.

    Reasons for purchase: MPG, Ease of maintenance, Less miles on truck, 2nd car for emergencies or maintaining either vehicle

    Reasons for concern: The truck will most likely stay in SD so I'm not sure how often I'll be able to drive it. If I don't drive it for over a month, do I need to prepare the truck for short-term storage and how? I can leave my truck at my dad's for him to drive but I prefer not to leave it outside and also defeats the purpose of reducing mileage.
     
  2. May 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    I'd put something like Startron in the fuel to keep the ethanol from separating and store it with a full tank. If it's stored on an incline, chock the wheels. Another option would be to put the truck up on blocks but I don't think that's really necessary. A month of storage really isn't that long in my opinion. My motorcycle sits longer than that without being run and I don't really do anything special besides the fuel treatment and make sure there aren't any mice where you store it.
     
  3. May 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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    boshak

    boshak [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Mike. Is there any need to disconnect the battery?
     
  4. May 20, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    Disconnecting the negative for storage wouldn't be a bad idea. Probably wouldn't hurt anything to leave it hooked up but if there is any parasitic draw, it could kill it over time.
     
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