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advice on storing car

Well I am going to jail, facing up to a year for Minor in possession and failure to comply. Any ideas on what to do to my car while I would be in jail
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Stabil in the gastank. cover. there has to be some way to negotiate to get out of jail time.
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Run the tank down to 1/4th or less. Put in a additive like mav said. HEAT works.


Wash and wax it (spray was even works). Roll up ALL windows. Take everything off the floor. Cover the entire car with a sheet, and store it in a garage or something.
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when I used to store my cars over the winter I would change the oil, add stabil to the tank, wash and wax the exterior, put all 4 corners on jackstands or wood under all tires, crack the windows slightly to allow ventilation, put a few dryer sheets on the floors then covered it up

another option of course is to sell the car and bank the money to buy a new one when you get out in a year
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pour in a bit of oil into the spark plug holes; and block 'er up in case tires go flat. + what they said^
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WD-40 works better, IMO. It's thiner, and spreads more eaisly. Also, it's easy to add too much oil.

Leaving a window open is asking for mold on the carpet.
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Hang a few low-wattage light bulbs near to the floor in the car. Make sure that the bulbs are secure and will not brush up against any trim or carpet or the seats.

Put the bulbs on a timer a couple of hours each day to generate enough heat to keep things dry.
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yea for an MIP and failure to comply I doubt it will be a year that is just the max probably more like a month or less but trying to prepare for the worst
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I've copied a list from a Muscle Car magazine years ago (some of these may need modification for a modern car). Here you go ...

Be sure to make a list of all the things you've done for storage so you can "undo" them when you bring it out of storage

Store indoors - cool, dark, dry - no freezing temperatures - uncovered (unless it's stored in a traffic area)
Battery removed
Use a gasoline stabilizing product (Stabl) in the gas tank and be sure to run the engine a after that to get the mixture into the lines

Engine:
1. Change oil & filter
2. Pull the plugs and put 1 teaspoon of engine oil per cylinder then replace the plugs
3. Engine openings (TB/intake tube, oil breather cap, etc.) should be packed w/absorbent cloth - cotton towels are best. Do this while the engine is still warm.
4. Pack exhaust pipes as in 3 above - but not until cool.
5. Ideally, start engine once or twice a year for 30 min.

Longer term (or no engine starting):
6. Release tension on all drive belts
7. Change tranny oil & filter (if not w/in 30K of last change)
8. Radiator coolant left in system unless you have aluminum parts then NO coolant (If more than 2 years old, replace coolant before storage).
9. Brake system should have new fluid if more than 30K.
10. Put up on jack stands
11. Remove tires and store on side with reduced air pressure (if tires not removed - add pressure)
12. Wash & wax body
13. Silicone preservative on all door gaskets and other rubber parts
14. Use vinyl protectant on all interior, vinyl parts

15. Put your storage check-list in the car for safekeeping

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