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Long-Term Storage by The Black Widow
Started on: 10-17-2003 09:02 PM
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Report this Post10-17-2003 09:02 PM Click Here to See the Profile for The Black WidowClick Here to Email The Black WidowSend a Private Message to The Black WidowDirect Link to This Post
Well the time has come to store the black widow. Due to my deployment with the Air Force she will be gone for a while. It will most likely be left untouched for 4-6 years. However, it will be in a climate controlled garage. I was wondering if anyone had any tips for me so I can leave it and not worry. What fluids should I drain, etc.
-Matt

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Report this Post10-17-2003 10:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for derangedsheepSend a Private Message to derangedsheepDirect Link to This Post
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Report this Post10-17-2003 10:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Korey JClick Here to Email Korey JSend a Private Message to Korey JDirect Link to This Post
I always lift my car up and take off the tires durning the winter time so that all the weight isn't on the same bearing all winter long. This will prevent a flat spot occuring on that bearing. Next I always change the oil and put on about 20 miles on it so all the new oil will be up in the engine. Then I would take all pressure off your calipers so that they wont stick in the postions they are. Wash the car very well and put a coating of what ever you would like on all your weather stripping that will get weathered. Take out your battery and have someone else use it because if you leave it that long it won't be any good by the time you get back. The gas I would run out of your car completely because it will tarnish you injectors and cause problems. The rest should be ok. If I have forgotten anything I am sorry but, off the top of my head this is what I would do.

Good Luck on your storage and god speed on your journey in the Air Force.....


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Report this Post10-17-2003 11:26 PM Click Here to See the Profile for theogreClick Here to visit theogre's HomePageSend a Private Message to theogreDirect Link to This Post
This is what I would do.... There are many oppinions on this.

Take out the battery... Give it away to someone that can use it. No battery will be good after that long a storage.

Flush the brake/clutch fluid. Then flush it again before driving it. This fluid will draw water out of the air even when parked. Use Valvoline Synpower fluid. It performs more like DOT 4/5.1 and is about the same price as most DOT 3 fluid. (Covered in the brake articles in my cave.)

Put fresh engine oil in and run it a day or three. Before driving, disable the ignition and crank it to get the oil moving. (Pull the module wires or coil input NOT the coil output. Pulling the secondary wire off can fry the ignition.) You probably should change oil again before starting it.

don't worry much about the transmission. If anything, change this fluid after storage. If it is already dirty or old you might want to change it before storage.

Coolant is the tough one. I've always wondered what the car museums do about this one. Draining isn't nesisarily a good thing. That leaves a wet system with air in it. Major corrosion fast if you aren't careful.

Ethylene and Propylene Glycol coolant products are all heavier than water and will settle out. (I've actually seen it happen.) That includes the corrosion inhibiters. There is a really good chance you will need cooling system parts when you go to run it or soon after you start running it.

Water pumps are great for blowing the seal shortly after storage. The main reason is that the pump shaft corrodes at the seal and chews it out. Durring normal operation a very slight amount of coolant gets past the seal far enough to keep that corrosion away from the seal.

Something many people don't know... Traditional coolants have a shelf life. DexCool has a long shelf life. Several years. BUT putting DexCool into an old system may not help any. (This is covered in the coolant fill article in my cave.) Even if you put straight coolant (Traditional or DexCool) in the system, it may not save everything.

Even in a garage... the tires will eventually leak flat. If you don't jack the car I would still put blocks under it to catch it as the tires shrink. Then if you have to jack it later you'll be able to get the jack under it easy.

Fuel is also tough....

It used to be you would fill the tank and add StaBil. The problem, some of the RFG/Oxigenated gas goes sh_tty no matter what you do to it. There is a real chance you could need fuel system work no matter what you do. I think I'd still use a full tank of gas and StaBil just because it will help reduce rust in the gas tank. Run the engine long enough to get the StaBil thru the whole system. If the gas cap is in cruddy shape get a new one. That will help keep moisture out.

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Report this Post10-18-2003 12:44 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jelly2m8Click Here to Email jelly2m8Send a Private Message to jelly2m8Direct Link to This Post
Just want to add about blocking the car up, I always thought it a good idea, but in event of a building fire, or other such emergency, no one's gonna mess around and try to get it on the ground.

Just something to think about.

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Report this Post10-18-2003 01:53 AM Click Here to See the Profile for 2point5fieroClick Here to Email 2point5fieroSend a Private Message to 2point5fieroDirect Link to This Post
Tell you what, instead of doing all that work to store it consider letting a VERY trusted friend borrow it and use it for a weekend driver, sure this will put miles on it, but if hes a good friend he will take care of it like it was his own. It will save you some extra time so it can be spent packing socks and underwear. Not to mention if your friend uses it chances are he will do all the routine work for you. Much cheaper then having problems from a sitting engine.
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Report this Post10-18-2003 10:17 AM Click Here to See the Profile for JazzManClick Here to Email JazzManSend a Private Message to JazzManDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by jelly2m8:

Just want to add about blocking the car up, I always thought it a good idea, but in event of a building fire, or other such emergency, no one's gonna mess around and try to get it on the ground.

Just something to think about.

But in the case of a building fire, nobody will mess with the car anyway, even if the keys were in it and it was ready to drive right then and there.

JazzMan

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