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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all, I'm preparing for a short term trip to NC and the Solstice will be in the garage for a period of about 2 1/2 months. I just recently did an oil change but also had new tires installed. Any words of wisdom for me? I can't say I've ever left FL for longer than a month.
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Put it on a battery tender. Give it a fuel treatment to prevent problems.
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Some things to add to Rob's comment make sure you get a battery tender not a trickle charger a tender has a circuit built into it to prevent the battery from overcharging and ruining your battery Deltron makes a good one and they are around 35 bucks . You should either raise the car on jack stands or inflate the tires to 50 lbs this will prevent flat spotting .Don't know where the car will be stored garage,carport ,outside but get some moth balls and place them underneath the car one packet at each wheel and one under the center this will keep the critters out I also throw in some sheets of Bounce fabric softener in the trunk ,interior ,and underhood this also keeps the critters from using your car as a bed and breakfast .A good clean up a cover and you should be good to go
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My Solstice is garaged in AZ for 8 months. Fresh oil, 3/4 full tank, battery tender. I use mint animal repellent packages in my workshop here in OH but did not think of that is AZ. I'll let you know how it goes in January.

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If you're cheap, your local Walmart should have a $30 DieHard 2amp Battery Charger/Maintainer in stock. Not sure if it was just being an early generation design, but that Harbor Freight battery maintainer killed several batteries before realizing it was killing batteries.

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My Solstice is garaged in AZ for 8 months. Fresh oil, 3/4 full tank, battery tender. I use mint animal repellent packages in my workshop here in OH but did not think of that is AZ. I'll let you know how it goes in January.
Just curious...why only a 3/4 full tank??? That leaves 1/4 of the tank available for moisture laden air, just what you are trying to avoid. (or as much moisture that there is in Arizona air ) As far as I know, the recommendation has always been to top off the tank and put in STA-BIL (tm) chemical treatment.
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Just curious...why only a 3/4 full tank??? That leaves 1/4 of the tank available for moisture laden air (or as much moisture that there is in Arizona air ) As far as I know, the recommendation has been to top off the tank and put in STA-BIL (tm) chemical treatment.
True Doc, But I think some believe in leaving room for expansion as well as leaving room to add some fresh gas in before going too far on the first trip. You can combat any possible moisture with dry gas or similar additive.

But I personally subscribe to the fill the tank camp.

Dodo, the battery tender is best, but you can also disconnect terminals too, you just will clear any stored codes and your sensors will not be ready for inspection should your state have inspections.

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For what it's worth, my wife's 07 has sat for months at a time during the winter without disconnecting the battery or using a battery tender. We finally replaced her 9 year old battery last fall. The battery had never failed to start the car until a really cold day last fall.

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For what it's worth, my wife's 07 has sat for months at a time during the winter without disconnecting the battery or using a battery tender. We finally replaced her 9 year old battery last fall. The battery had never failed to start the car until a really cold day last fall.
For 35 bucks better to be safe than sorry and it's something that can be used for anything that has a battery .
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For 35 bucks better to be safe than sorry and it's something that can be used for anything that has a battery .
If using a battery tender makes you feel better, do it. I am just sharing real world experience.

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I'd just disconnect the battery and make sure your tires and tank are full. It also makes the car slightly more difficult to steal. :/

Or, ship it to Werks or DDM and have them stuff in an LS while you're out. (DDM is in SC, so you could just drop it off on your way to NC!)
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Like Essayons, I have let one or the other of mine sit for 3-4 months without preparation and without ill effect.

I normally connect the battery tender just because its easy to do and I think it may be better for the battery, but I'm not convinced that it really matters.

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[QUOTE=Radio Doc;1991065]Just curious...why only a 3/4 full tank??? /QUOTE]

Gasoline comes out of the ground about 20 deg colder than ambient, and temp in my garage will go up another 40 deg by mid summer. I figured I needed room for expansion. It is probably closer to 7/8.

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On another note: Mine sat for 3 months at DFW airport (my boss was not happy about the parking fees on my expense report, but he also dragged me out of the country for 3 months, so he can go to hell) and:

The LH mirror was scratched.
The battery - which I disconnected - was just fine.
Rear RH tire was at about 15psi.

Started up just fine. :shrug:

(But they also flew my wife over to London for a few weeks in the middle of that, so I should probably be nicer.)

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Hey all, thank you for all the suggestions. Thankfully I have a garage to keep the car in and have done the oil change recently, I'll remember to fill up the tank before I go. I have a family member that can start it and move it around a bit every couple weeks. I think the one thing I was most concerned with was the possibility of flat spots, given that the tires are new.
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