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Old 08-25-2016, 09:08 PM
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Parking the JEEP for 6 months.

So I'm going on deployment to the middle east again soon and was wondering what I should do to put the JEEP to bed for 6 months? It will be parked indoors.

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So I'm going on deployment to the middle east again soon and was wondering what I should do to put the JEEP to bed for 6 months? It will be parked indoors.
Did this a few times myself. I suggest you have a family member/friend run it once or twice a month. Keep tires from getting flat spots, battery charged, and mice away. Seemed to work out well for me. Good luck over there.

Don't forget some fuel stabilizer too, winter is coming.
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Re: Parking the JEEP for 6 months.

I plan on keeping fuel an DEF at minimum so i can just fill up when i get back with fresh stuff. Starting it really isn't an option.
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Re: Parking the JEEP for 6 months.

You absolutely need to put a tickle charger on the battery. Top off the fuel tank to avoid getting water condensation in the tank (open space allows condensation) and then add a diesel additive to the fuel. I would recommend changing the oil since used oil is acidic and can eat into parts if sitting in the same spot for long periods.
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Re: Parking the JEEP for 6 months.

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You absolutely need to put a tickle charger on the battery. Top off the fuel tank to avoid getting water condensation in the tank (open space allows condensation) and then add a diesel additive to the fuel. I would recommend changing the oil since used oil is acidic and can eat into parts if sitting in the same spot for long periods.
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Re: Parking the JEEP for 6 months.

you can also bring the tires up to the maximum air pressure that it states on the sidewall then bring them back down to the vehicle spec before you drive it. that will help with flat spotting on the tires. tires are over inflated at the factory because they know many will sit on dealer lots for a longtime for same reason. expect some flat spotting for that long of a time it will take several miles to smooth out. AGM batteries don't like to be dead so a cheap trickle charger from harbor freight and top off the fuel and you should be fine
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Re: Parking the JEEP for 6 months.

My jeep has only a few thousand miles on it and it is garage kept in GA. I just got back from a 4 month deployment and didn't do anything to it before I left. I thought the heat would zap the battery, but I got in and she started right up. Normally I would disconnect the battery and put sta-bil in the fuel tank, but 4 months didn't seem to hurt it. Doing some basic steps and you should be fine.
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Re: Parking the JEEP for 6 months.

We had a ecodiesel sit on the lot for over a year and a half with nothing done at all to it with no issue just FYI.
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We had a ecodiesel sit on the lot for over a year and a half with nothing done at all to it with no issue just FYI.
battery would still start it after that long? do AGMs hold a charge better for sitting around?
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Re: Parking the JEEP for 6 months.

I picked up a battery maintainer on Amazon for like 20 bucks. What kind of fuel additive should i get?
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battery would still start it after that long? do AGMs hold a charge better for sitting around?

After sitting that long, the parasitic drain will draw down any battery to a point where It won't be able to start the engine. An AGM will hold its capacity longer than a traditional wet cell when they are both stored side-by-side without any drain, but connected in a stored vehicle, neither technology will put perform the other.


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I picked up a battery maintainer on Amazon for like 20 bucks.
Nice. I presume you checked that it's compatible with the AGM battery.
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What kind of fuel additive should i get?
I'd follow the earlier advice and fill up the tank with fuel. Then I'd use PRI-D.

Also, depending on the temperature profile of the storage location (e.g. if it's going to be really hot), I might try to minimize the amount of DEF in the tank before storage, and plan to buy fresh, recent manufacture BlueDEF to add to the tank when I returned.
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After sitting that long, the parasitic drain will draw down any battery to a point where It won't be able to start the engine. An AGM will hold its capacity longer than a traditional wet cell when they are both stored side-by-side without any drain, but connected in a stored vehicle, neither technology will put perform the other.
Good point. Once you pop the cherry on the battery harness, it's a quick matter to disconnect the battery. Takes me less than two minutes and moving the passenger seat forward is a substantial part of that.
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