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Old 06-06-2004, 04:37   #1 (permalink)
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Question Overseas for a month....what to do to car?

Im heading overseas back to Scotland for a month soon.
Im just going to leave the EF Fairmont Ghia in the garage. Is there anything I should do beforehand except disconnecting the battery?

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Re: Overseas for a month....what to do to car?

If it's in the garage you should be right for just a month. The only thing I can think of on the spot is to give the battery a good charge. You should store them this way.
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Re: Overseas for a month....what to do to car?

only a month? thats not really long enough to worry about things like dumping oil and coolant, but maybe dump (or just run out) the petrol?
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Re: Overseas for a month....what to do to car?

Slightly overinflate tyres to help avoid flat spots.
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Re: Overseas for a month....what to do to car?

park it and lock the garage. a month is nothing. my old mazda sits in the yard for more than a month at a time and it still doesnt miss a beat.
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park it and lock the garage. a month is nothing. my old mazda sits in the yard for more than a month at a time and it still doesnt miss a beat.
LOL, yeah but thats just a mazda

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lol!

Ok thanks people, just wanted to make sure, it seems a long time for the old girl to sit doing nothing!
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park it and lock the garage. a month is nothing. my old mazda sits in the yard for more than a month at a time and it still doesnt miss a beat.
my laser sits for 6 weeks at a time and all it rezlly needs is a jumppstart and goes fine:s5
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do you even have a laser? or is it like the AU wagon and the EF Ghia and the ex taxi and the...... and the......
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Re: Overseas for a month....what to do to car?

Something that everyone seems to have overlooked is the security aspect, esp.
since you intend disconnecting the battery.

One of the suggestions mentioned running out of fuel, not the best idea with
EFI I understand.

How about removing the EEC module or some other significant part of the car ?

Another trick is to remove two of the wheels and store them elsewhere.

You can also get a 12 volt solar charger from places like Jaycar if you have sunlight nearby. (they only keep a good battery topped up.)

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Im heading overseas back to Scotland for a month soon.
Im just going to leave the EF Fairmont Ghia in the garage. Is there anything I should do beforehand except disconnecting the battery?

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