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Question Parking my 320 for a few months; any precautions?

Heading out of state for awhile and sadly must leave her behind here in Florida. Debating renting a garage space or maybe investing in a high-quality car cover.

Do any of you have any suggestions or tips that I should do before I park her and let her sit for probably 12 weeks? Not sure if I should disconnect the battery or give the keys to a trusted person who can go out and start it once every week or so, etc.

Any suggestions (other than to leave it at your house) will be gratefully accepted!

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Difficult decision but: I'd pull the battery, get a suitable trickler ( Battery Tender or Ctek) on it for the duration (in your home) and a good car cover.

I'd hesitate re: car cover if only because something hidden may attract unwanted attention "hmmm, I wonder what's hidden under there"


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Battery trickle charger definitely, car cover a good idea, inside not out.
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Full tank of gas with added fuel stabilizer, inflate tires about 10 lbs, over normal pressure to avoid flat spots. Adjust pressure when you return to driving.
IMHO if a battery tender can be used, don't disconnect the battery because that causes other related effects, (radio codes etc.)
Inside storage is best, avoids sun/heat, rodents, bird droppings, rain/water infiltration, and curious eyes.
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A lot of cars can handle being parked for a while... but for me, the ABSOLUTE BEST THING FOR IT:

Small animal traps! I would put a couple of sticky pads at each tire.

I had my Chrysler parked for 2 weeks recently. came back to find this:
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not sure if it got injured, or ate its prey up there... but I'm adamant about the traps now!
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OK, thanks for the info, gang. Looks like I'm going to have to find a garage space or storage room. I live in an apartment complex and putting a battery tender on it isn't feasible with where our parking is.

Feel free to offer other tidbits of advice as you think of them!

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I park mine in a barn each winter. It is stored with a battery tender attached and either a full or empty tank of gas. I don't start it again until the spring. I used to put moth balls in and under it, however, this year I am trying dryer sheets. I used these for a lawn tractor last year and they seem to be the only thing that has kept the mice away (other than a cat, which I am also considering). I have an 07 Mustang I do this with as well, still on the original battery.
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I park mine in a barn each winter. It is stored with a battery tender attached and either a full or empty tank of gas. I don't start it again until the spring. I used to put moth balls in and under it, however, this year I am trying dryer sheets. I used these for a lawn tractor last year and they seem to be the only thing that has kept the mice away (other than a cat, which I am also considering). I have an 07 Mustang I do this with as well, still on the original battery.
Dryer sheets! I've got an RV up in Michigan and the guy that closes it for us swears by them. I didn't even think of that for the car! Definitely will do this, in addition to the other things already mentioned.
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I heard about dryer sheets awhile back but forgot about them, thanks for bringing it up. Wondering where would be the best placement for these sheets. Sure beats the smell of mothballs.

Just recently had to remove a mouse nest in the Caravan. Last year, when starting my 1962 Cub Cadet lawn tractor, which was in a shed with known mice infestation, had the pleasure of seeing a mouse being forcefully ejected out the exhaust pipe. As they say, "location, location, location"
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Cycle the roof through a retract/raise cycle before you leave and soon after returning. Lubricates the o-rings in the roof cylinders.
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I heard about dryer sheets awhile back but forgot about them, thanks for bringing it up. Wondering where would be the best placement for these sheets. Sure beats the smell of mothballs.
Four or five spread out in the trunk, two or three on the floor in front of each seat (not on the seats) and six or seven on top of the engine cover and sundry other locations in there. Cheapest sheets you can find.

I put about 30 moth ball packets (they're sealed in little bags like those drying sachets that keep electronics dry--no balls that I can find now) around the outside of the car on the ground but then I'm keeping her in a garage so those packets don''t get wet.

I wouldn't put moth packets inside the car though.
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Park it it in a clean dry place that is enclosed. Disconnect the battery or be prepared to jump start it on return. If possible cover it to keep the dust off it. Parked for 12 week is a short time.


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Four or five spread out in the trunk, two or three on the floor in front of each seat (not on the seats) and six or seven on top of the engine cover and sundry other locations in there. Cheapest sheets you can find.
FYI...I put dryer sheets in and around our jet skis under the covers and found that they permanently stained the plastic seats over time.

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Park it it in a clean dry place that is enclosed. Disconnect the battery or be prepared to jump start it on return. If possible cover it to keep the dust off it. Parked for 12 week is a short time.
Well, yeah, it's easy for you. You've got an A10 Warthog to keep your car safe!
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Any suggestions (other than to leave it at your house) will be gratefully accepted!
In all seriousness I would take her but we already have eight cars

Don't forget to give her a bath and polish before you tuck her in

Have a safe trip!
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