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Old 09-13-2009, 01:32 PM
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Well the Air Force is sending me on a 14 month vacation with the Army to Afghanistan. My wife loves my truck but is scared to drive it. So its going to do some sitting.

You guys have any recommendations? Thought about getting a car cover and disconnecting the battery. Any other ideas?

How about when I get back home?

Man I am gonna miss my truck.
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:50 PM
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If she's scared to drive it she could just start it up and let it run for a while every week or two. It's good to splash some oil around on the seals and stuff. Fill it up before you leave and see if she will drive it to the gas station and fill it up if it gets two low to run it every once and a while. I'm about to go to the middle east myself and my Uncle is going to run mine every week or two to keep everything all lubed up. You shouldn't have any problems when you come back if it is being run on a regular basis. If it is going to just sit fill up the gas tank and disconnect the battery and throw a cover on it. Good luck over there and save lots of money to trick your truck when you get back!
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If it was mine to store, I would park it with less than a 1/4 of a tank. Put Stabil in the tank at the correct ratio,RUN the engine to get it in the fuel rail. I would drain the battery(leave lights on) until it was 100% dead and store it from freezing. Being in SC you should not need to worry over this. Protect the dash and interior from sun fading. Spray the door locks and hinges to keep them from freezing up. Jack it up so the suspension is unloaded, Air up the tires. Covering it would in order if it could not be garaged.
If you ask why less than a 1/4 tank of gas. If you have 10% ethonol gas it attracts water. Also if it goes stale to the point of not running you will dump 30 bucks or more in wasted gas. At 1/4 tank the fresh gas will get your ride
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Well the Air Force is sending me on a 14 month vacation with the Army to Afghanistan. My wife loves my truck but is scared to drive it. So its going to do some sitting.

You guys have any recommendations? Thought about getting a car cover and disconnecting the battery. Any other ideas?

How about when I get back home?

Man I am gonna miss my truck.
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:00 PM
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Check this site out brother

http://www.automedia.com/Vehicle_Sto...cr20010601sv/1

This is a direct quote from the site about the fuel.

"Prior to putting the vehicle into storage, a few precautions will help keep it in good shape. The fuel system, for instance, can be a prime source of problems. If the car is stored with an empty tank, moisture can condense inside the system and cause rust and corrosion. On the other hand, if the car is stored with fuel in the system, the gas can gradually break down, forming gum and varnish. To help keep gasoline from deteriorating, pour a fuel stabilizer into the tank. Be sure to drive the car for about 10 miles after adding the stabilizer to make sure it gets circulated throughout the system. Normally, it's best to leave the tank full. However, if the vehicle will be stored in an enclosed location where gas fumes could be a problem, empty the tank about half way."

Stabilized fuel is good for about a year technically, but it can definitly go longer if the tanks are left full and the fuel was a decent grade to begin with. Use 91 octane when you fill up with a stabilizer and you should be ready to rock when you get back.

MRRMX: The reason you have to ship your car that way is so less pollutants will be released in case of a spill or the ship sinks. Do some homework. The less fuel you have stored the faster it goes stale.
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My concern would be letting the truck sit in one location . With winter right around the corner , I would be afraid of flat spotting the tires . It might be ok when you get back . Building heat back in the tires would probably straighten them out . But hearing these guys with the new trucks and tire issues , I'd try to do something to prevent it . Tell you what , bring it to my house . I''ll drive it once every couple of weeks for ya . DEAL !
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My concern would be letting the truck sit in one location . With winter right around the corner , I would be afraid of flat spotting the tires . It might be ok when you get back . Building heat back in the tires would probably straighten them out . But hearing these guys with the new trucks and tire issues , I'd try to do something to prevent it . Tell you what , bring it to my house . I''ll drive it once every couple of weeks for ya . DEAL !
Good advice all around, everyone covered what I would say/do, but Tom has a good thought about the tires, it does need to move a bit every now and again, but having the wife just crank it up from time to time helps also. Otherwise, looks like the good folks here got you covered, you just stay safe over there, and thank you for your service to our country!
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So your saying 1 oz. of gas in a 4 ounce container will go foul faster than 5 gallons in a 20 gallon container with all conditions and material the same. I do not agree on that. I can not find anything on google to support that thought. As far as shipping a car on a freighter I dought the Koreans could care less about fuel spills in the international waters. When I was in Germany
when a car was shipped to Germany and back to the states they had to have
less than a half a tank of gas but more than a quarter tank. The crew loading the cars made sure it was or it was not shipped.


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Check this site out brother

http://www.automedia.com/Vehicle_Sto...cr20010601sv/1

This is a direct quote from the site about the fuel.

"Prior to putting the vehicle into storage, a few precautions will help keep it in good shape. The fuel system, for instance, can be a prime source of problems. If the car is stored with an empty tank, moisture can condense inside the system and cause rust and corrosion. On the other hand, if the car is stored with fuel in the system, the gas can gradually break down, forming gum and varnish. To help keep gasoline from deteriorating, pour a fuel stabilizer into the tank. Be sure to drive the car for about 10 miles after adding the stabilizer to make sure it gets circulated throughout the system. Normally, it's best to leave the tank full. However, if the vehicle will be stored in an enclosed location where gas fumes could be a problem, empty the tank about half way."

Stabilized fuel is good for about a year technically, but it can definitly go longer if the tanks are left full and the fuel was a decent grade to begin with. Use 91 octane when you fill up with a stabilizer and you should be ready to rock when you get back.

MRRMX: The reason you have to ship your car that way is so less pollutants will be released in case of a spill or the ship sinks. Do some homework. The less fuel you have stored the faster it goes stale.
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Hey guy...... Wash and wax the truck very well..... run the tank dry and add 93 BP, SHELL, or AMOCO Gas with a Good Fuel Stabilizer. Change your oil to AMSOIL 7500 Series oil and put at least a 100 miles on her to get the new good oil in everything. Change your coolant out to new before that 100 mile trip. Once you get the Truck home put her up on some blocks to unload the suspension. Air the tires up with Nitrogen to just under max pressure. Be sure to put a coat of wax on the wheels and polish them if Aluminum/Polished. Remove the wheels and tires and store in a climate controlled garage. Pull the spark plugs and install the moisture plugs to keep any moisture from causing corrosion. Disconnect the Battery and place on a constant charging system that will monitor the battery's life...... Or give your battery to a friend in need and just buy a new one when you get home. Remove everything from the interior that was not put there from the factory. Grease all of your doors and locks..... Grease all suspension components that needs it........ Change your Diff-Oil and Tranny Oil / Fluid to AMSOIL or Royal Purple.......... Most important thing is Be Safe and come back home with a Happy Truck and Wife waiting on you ..... God Bless
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So your saying 1 oz. of gas in a 4 ounce container will go foul faster than 5 gallons in a 20 gallon container with all conditions and material the same. I do not agree on that. I can not find anything on google to support that thought. As far as shipping a car on a freighter I dought the Koreans could care less about fuel spills in the international waters. When I was in Germany
when a car was shipped to Germany and back to the states they had to have
less than a half a tank of gas but more than a quarter tank. The crew loading the cars made sure it was or it was not shipped.
No, but I am saying 1 oz of gas in a 20 gallon container will go foul faster than 20 gallons in a 20 gallon container. About the shipment of cars, there are rules and laws on the ocean about hazardous material and they must be followed, or there will be hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. If they didn't care why would they have a regulation on fuel at all??? Don't get your panties in a twist because I told you that you are ill informed.

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My panties are not twisted...Slightly worn and torn...but not twisted. The US EPA and lawyers make the regs...Senators pass them and we pay for them.
But I still disagree on the fuel fouling. But as normal I will do as I do...You do as you do... and we can all can get along.


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No, but I am saying 1 oz of gas in a 20 gallon container will go foul faster than 20 gallons in a 20 gallon container. About the shipment of cars, there are rules and laws on the ocean about hazardous material and they must be followed, or there will be hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. If they didn't care why would they have a regulation on fuel at all??? Don't get your panties in a twist because I told you that you are ill informed.
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