Storage prep, leaving Jeep for 3 months

dlm_jku

New member
I'm going have to leave my Jeep unused in my garage for about 3 months. What all should I do to prepare it? I was planning on putting Stabil in the fuel and running it through the system for a few miles, putting it on a battery tender, and probably jacking it off the ground just to make sure I don't get any flat spots on the tires. Anything else I should consider?
 

Spazbyt

Active Member
That's all I would do. I'm not sure I would be worried about flat spots on the tires but jacking it up wont hurt so go for it.
The real question is do you fill the tank up or do you run the tank empty before you store it?
 

dlm_jku

New member
That's all I would do. I'm not sure I would be worried about flat spots on the tires but jacking it up wont hurt so go for it.
The real question is do you fill the tank up or do you run the tank empty before you store it?
Yeah, I figured I probably didn't need to worry much about my tires since they're DOT legal radials, not off road bias plys... But since they're pretty new (37" MT Baja Boss AT), that investment is fresh in my mind.
 
3 months isnt shit, I wouldn't do anything honestly. If you're worried about it go start it up every now and then and let it run for a few minutes.
 

OverlanderJK

Resident Smartass
It’s three months not three years. Just leave it. Disconnect the battery of you are worried about some type of draw.
 

bobfriesenhahn

Caught the Bug
That's all I would do. I'm not sure I would be worried about flat spots on the tires but jacking it up wont hurt so go for it.
The real question is do you fill the tank up or do you run the tank empty before you store it?
Unless you think that you won't use the gas very much when you drive it again, my vote is to fill it up. That should minimize the amount of vaporization and the impact from it. As soon as there is motion again, there would be more helpful mixing.
 

wjtstudios

Hooked
Mine gets shut down for about four months starting now when the salt starts flying, I keep a battery minder on to keep the battery topped off, other than that, it sits
 

JT@623

Active Member
Three months won’t hurt nothing battery tender if you have one top of the tank add some stabil for good measure and walk away
 

cozdude

Guy with a Red 2-Door
Fill your tank with some stabil and just leave it. Disconnect the battery if your concerned about it. It will be fine otherwise
 

kevman65

Caught the Bug
If you have mice and squirrels in your garage you may want and exterminator.
Most people have mice visit their garage and don't realize it. If it's a detached, you'd be surprised at what gets in there.

Generally if there is inactivity for just a few days, rodents will be checking things out. Especially this time of year when the temps are lower.
 
Most people have mice visit their garage and don't realize it. If it's a detached, you'd be surprised at what gets in there.

Generally if there is inactivity for just a few days, rodents will be checking things out. Especially this time of year when the temps are lower.
Yep.
Not sure if it’s an option or not for the OP. But for my cars that sit for very long periods of time. I will open the hood and make it not a friendly place for mice to make a home. A product that seems to work well is “grandpa Gus rodent repellent” a pouch or two on the floor boards and I’ve never had a problem since I started using it. My barn gets all sorts of visitors throughout winter months.

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Seahawkfan

Active Member
Did this for 13 years. 3 to 6 months at a time. Just park it. My factory battery lasted me about 7 years. Never left it on a trickle charger. But it wouldn't hurt. I replaced it with an Odyssey that went to shit in less than 3 years. You're not supposed to let them run low. Voids warranty if you do. Expensive lesson. Wouldn't worry about tires.
 

Spazbyt

Active Member
Modern cars can make even better rodent homes. A lot of wires are insulated in a soy based coating that squarls and mice actually like to eat. A family friend has had a new Honda in the shop 2 times for a wireing harness replacement because squarls were litterly eating every exsposed wire in a day or 2. The dealership told them it was so comman that they have to add "rodent repellent tape" to the wiring harness before they replace them now.
 

dlm_jku

New member
Unless you think that you won't use the gas very much when you drive it again, my vote is to fill it up. That should minimize the amount of vaporization and the impact from it. As soon as there is motion again, there would be more helpful mixing.
I'll go through the tank of gas within a month of returning.
 

dlm_jku

New member
Most people have mice visit their garage and don't realize it. If it's a detached, you'd be surprised at what gets in there.

Generally if there is inactivity for just a few days, rodents will be checking things out. Especially this time of year when the temps are lower.
My garage is attached. I haven't noticed any evidence of rodents, but I suppose it can't hurt to put a few traps out.
 
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