8th March 2002, 01:50
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Here are some tips on proper storage:
Change oil and filter.
Test antifreeze and service as needed.
Clean the car thoroughly inside and out. Dry car completely, make sure brakes are dry.
Fill the gas tank to full but don't "top off" the tank. Add a bottle of fuel stabilizer.
Inflate tires to fifty-five psi.
DO NOT put a car up on blocks. Cars are meant to be supported by their tires not jack stands.
Buy three small bags of mouth balls, cut a hole in the side of each bag to form tray. Put one bag under the hood, one in the interior and one in the trunk. This will keep your BMW from becoming a home to rodents or insects. This is a very common problem.
Close all windows and vents (including moving the heater vent from outside to recirculate). Seal the tail pipe and air intake to prevent rodents from entering.
Write down the radio code and unlock doors before disconnecting battery.
Remove the battery, store in a dry, warm place and trickle charge.
On manual transmission cars put the car in second or fourth gear. This moves the shift selector rod onto the transmission to keep it from rusting where the shaft travels through the seal.
DO NOT set the hand brake.
Last edited by MAVERICK; 8th March 2002 at 02:01.