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well heres some tips on storing your car for longer than a month:

fill the fuel tank to full(so moisture does not get in the tank, water is heavier than gasoline so it will sit on the bottom and moisture in a tank isn't good anyway.)
do oil and filter change
wash the exterior
clean the interior
disconnect the battery
leave parking brake off
if manual put gear in reverse if auto in park or neutral.
lift all tires off the ground
fold some towels under the wiper arms so it does not touch your windshield
leave open one window, slightly, if your storing indoors

**start the car at least once a month(i recommend that you pull out the EFI fuse or disable the ign. before; turn and hold the key for about 5 seconds than let the starter cool for 2 minutes for every 15 seconds of the starter cranking it needs to be cooled for 2 minutes!!; this procedure is to primer the engine w/ oil) than put the fuse back in and start the car normally.

when you take the car out of storage:
do a oil and filter change
check tire pressure
and regular service maint.

taking the car out of storage after 12 months
do a 30K service.
replace coolant

i think thats about it...

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make sure your car is completey dry, blow out the water in the mirrors(i think every member here who owns an IS knows what i am talking about.)
give your car a thin coat of wax.
 

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i gonna be leaving my car in my garage for a month when my parents leave for a winter vacation...

lifting all the tires off the ground is to insure that you wont have "flat" spots on your tires as well as deflation..

the parking brake or e-brake off is so your wont lose tension...and also something about the rotor and pads..i'll have to look it up.

the wiper arms..its just to save your wiper blades and your windsheild from sticking together...you can just replace the wiper blades and polish the windshield...

for memebers that don't understand why you should fill up the fuel tank to full...its because water(condensation) will end up in your fuel tank and end up rusting your fuel pump and fuel lines, fuel filter, and maybe even the block and injectors(these are just possibilities) once you start the car later on. so unless you got deep pockets fill up your tank to full before you store it.
 

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CharlieD06 said:
Ive read somewhere within the last few days (cant remember where tho) that when you store the car lifted w' the tires off the ground, that is not recommended because some rod in the suspension will rust. I will be storing the IS on a frame lift in my garage and want to know if i need/should make some straps to hold the suspension up so its not at full extansion???
well..you can use ropes...bungy cords tie them around the bottom then connect it at the top of the suspension to keep the car from full expansion...then take off every tire and hang them :lol: j/k...you should be good w/o any ropes/straps to hold the suspension many manuf. recommend the things that i have posted before

about the tie rod rusting..if you dont wash your car before your store you can have similar problems with the paint rusting, corrision, paint fading.if you live near a beach did you know it is recommend to wash your car 2-3 times a week? and do more frequent oil changes and other services..sounds :crazy: it all depends on how you have been maintaining the car. mud and road grim and whatever else that gets under there should be cleaned when your washing your car..
 

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dpwu32 said:
As I posted in another thread RE: starting the car during winter storage



Bad idea.

The majority of wear and tear on an engine is cold/dry starting. Why do it any more than is nescessary. Once at the end of the winter is not as bad as three or four times during the winter. (Granted the difference damage-wise is not going to be great, but why test it?)

Also, starting a cold car for only a few minutes can cause premature rusting of exhaust systems. If your car only runs for a few minutes, that is just enough time to create moisture in and on the exhaust as it warms and cools.

If you're actually going to store it for the whole winter, best bet is to just put it away, and not f*ck with it until you're ready to bring it back out in the spring.


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dragonblade said:
**start the car at least once a month(i recommend that you pull out the EFI fuse or disable the ign. before; turn and hold the key for about 5 seconds than let the starter cool for 2 minutes for every 15 seconds of the starter cranking it needs to be cooled for 2 minutes!!; this procedure is to primer the engine w/ oil) than put the fuse back in and start the car normally.
this is why i posted/shared this information..so members storing their cars wont dry start their motors..plus there is an anti-drain back valve in the lexus oil filters. i always use this method when i do oil changes and oil changes in my girl friend's car and my parents cars and all my friends cars when i help them and they always use this method now..i guarantee you wont dry start your engine and that you will feel the engine starting up faster then just cranking it in april or whenever winter season is over for our members.

when you use this method the engine cranks over slower than it would regularly thus reducing any damage that may be inflicted if you dry start. (if your using a fram oil filter or other oil filters without a anti-drain back valve you should be aware that when you turn the engine off everytime all the oil goes straight down to the pan!! so you damage your engine everytime you start it!!) just sharing some helpful info.. you might not feel the damage now..but time will always tell.

edit: always use an oil filter with a anti-drain back valve
just follow what i previously posted and you will be fine during the
winter. or whenever you store you car for a month or longer.
 
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