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4 Month Summer Storage Recommendations

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I'm going to be out of the country for four months so not driving the car this summer.

The car will be in a garage - not super dry - but not damp either. No ventilation to speak of.

Any recommendations for what to do to keep the car safe and sound?

I really don't have an easy way for anybody to get to the car - but could arrange it if strongly recommended.

I'm worried about:

Tires flat spotting

The RMS "drying out" - someone told me about this risk - not sure if I believe it

The battery going flat and the radio needing reprogramming

Are there any words of wisdom out there - searched the archives but did not find anything.


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As I,m on regular base overseas as well I do the following:

-All tires to 4 bar (58 psi)

-Full tank of gasoline

-Remove the - pole of battery (make sure you got the radio code card(s))

-Prior removing the battery - pole, lower driver side window approx. 1/2 " as it will not goes down when opening the door without power.

Note that my hood release is mechanical but as of MY200? this is electrical and will not work when not powered so you may not want close the hood to access battery! You can also put a trickle charger on the battery so then you do not need to remove the - pole. However (my thinking) having a trickle charger for 4 months unguarded on battery doesn't feel right.

That's it!

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Some also park on plywood to help avoid flat spots. Add a gasoline additive and change the oil. I'm not sure if you have rodents, but you may want to stuff something in tailpipe and place a note near key (to remind you) to prevent starting until removed.

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