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Hi,

I apologize if there is a post about this, please link me (I couldn't find it!!)
I have an IS250 but I will be out of town for 6 months to a year, I don't want anyone to drive my car even to keep the battery going. Could someone please tell me what to do if there is anything I need to do before going away? Should I disconnect the battery? And what do I do when I get back and the car doesn't respond to my smartKey? Can I get a new battery from costco or do I need to tow it to Lexus (haha, not that I would). Sorry if this is a total noob question!

ALSO, does anyone recommend a certain brand for car cover??

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You could buy what they call a trickle charger, it would keep the battery charged while you're away.
 

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This is the one I have, I used it when I stored cars over the winter.

 

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I'd do the following:

  • Fill the tank and add fuel stabilizer, then drive a few miles to make sure the stabilizer has made its way through the entire fuel system.
  • Change the oil. Dirty engine oil can be acidic, you don't want that in your oil pan for months.
  • Get a car wash and wax the car, to protect it during storage. Cover it with a car cover.
  • Jack up the car on four jack stands, to avoid developing flat spots on your tires.
  • Install a battery trickle charger as mentioned above.

I assume the car will be garaged. If not, consider renting a garage or self-storage space to keep your car safe and clean during your absence.
 

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I'd do the following:

  • Fill the tank and add fuel stabilizer, then drive a few miles to make sure the stabilizer has made its way through the entire fuel system.
  • Change the oil. Dirty engine oil can be acidic, you don't want that in your oil pan for months.
  • Get a car wash and wax the car, to protect it during storage. Cover it with a car cover.
  • Jack up the car on four jack stands, to avoid developing flat spots on your tires.
  • Install a battery trickle charger as mentioned above.

I assume the car will be garaged. If not, consider renting a garage or self-storage space to keep your car safe and clean during your absence.
you beat me too it...GREAT advice. I store my VR4
with this procedure every winter.....
 
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