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      11-19-2014, 11:09 PM   #1
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Need tips about storing my car

Hi Guys!

I'm a new M235i owner since Oct 16 and i've been enjoying everything about it, It is a great machine and it has now 1050km on the odo, however I'll be leving for a month and a half on december due to work reasons and it's the first time I will leave a car stored so long.

So, what tips do you have that I should take into consideration? I live in Colombia (so think about a florida like weather) and my car rests in a garage.

I have heard about filling the tank, placing cardboard underneath the tires so they dont dry. what else? car cover?

Thanks!!
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      11-20-2014, 12:03 AM   #2
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For 6 weeks with the car in a garage, I don't think you have to do anything.

The most I would do is put a trickle charger on the battery.
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      11-20-2014, 08:01 AM   #3
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I agree w/previous poster that six-wks is short. And either trickle or remove the battery if you don't have electrical access and - assuming mechanical key will lock doors...
One other thing, I might pump up the air in the tires to maximum tire psi listed on sidewall.
Full gas tank ?
Wash and wax paint and wheels ?
Some people have rodents in garages so something like moth-balls to deter.
If there are moisture or mildew deterrents for the interior, may give them a try.
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For 6 weeks with the car in a garage, I don't think you have to do anything.

The most I would do is put a trickle charger on the battery.
Even this might be pushing it with our huge advanced battery. Especially in warm weather.

I left my GTI in -30C weather for 3 months straight twice a year with no battery charger and the first turnover was a bit rough but ran strong form there. Did that for 2 years.
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I agree w/previous poster that six-wks is short. And either trickle or remove the battery if you don't have electrical access and - assuming mechanical key will lock doors...
One other thing, I might pump up the air in the tires to maximum tire psi listed on sidewall.
Full gas tank ?
Wash and wax paint and wheels ?
Some people have rodents in garages so something like moth-balls to deter.
If there are moisture or mildew deterrents for the interior, may give them a try.
Oily rags stuffed up tailpipe is a good trick for rats. Make sure you take them out before you turn the car back on though
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Excellent idea on stuffing up the tail pipes from rodents of any kind.

THEN, be sure to put a note on steering wheel..."remove tailpipe materials". You just might forget you put those in there.
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      11-20-2014, 09:18 PM   #7
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You might want to check out this article on the Corvette Action Center about long term / winter Corvette storage. The article pertains to Corvettes, but the information is relevant for all automobiles:

http://www.CorvetteActionCenter.com/...e/storage.html
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