I am getting to park my son's 2003 F-150 in a storage facility (outside)
for 6 to 8 months. He just left to go to Iraq (he is in Marine Corps). I
am in Sugar Land, Texas (outside Houston).
Should I do anything special for his truck while he is gone ? The tires
are just about new (2000 miles). It is a V6 with a 5 speed manual. He
has about 40,000 miles on it.
I'm sure that if you "google" the subject, you will see a lot of variations
on the theme..... By far, the easiest way to take care of the concern is for
you to take it for a good drive at least once a month..... From there we can
go to the other extreme.... support the vehicle on it's jack points.... fill
the tires with nitrogen, change engine oil, flood the cylinders with fogging
oil, drain the fuel system completely..... .... this list can go on for a
while if you choose to be anal......
Driving it occasionally is, by far, the easiest route.... Drive it long
enough to be sure that everything is up to operating temp
From experience can tell you that is the easiest and best way. Once a
month, at least half hour, and at highway/exercise speeds... not around
the block at 25 mph 100 times.
Will take out condensation from block and trans. Also, Fill the fuel
tank near-full and use sta-bil.
Good Luck and my thanks and best wishes to your son!
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
Got some Sta-Bil at Walmart last night. Expensive, 32 oz for $9.88.
Thank you. He called from Kuwait last week and is doing well. He
is now in Iraq. I am very proud of him and very scared. I know that
he will be OK though, he is well trained and has 1,000 buddies
watching his back there (his batallion).
Thanks. I will try to drive it around every month or so. My greatest
concern is getting flat spots on his new tires. I may buy him a cover of
some sort. Cant be plastic though, around here that would melt in July.
You will only have that problem if you cover it with something other than a
car cover; covers are specilly designed to not trap moisture, but they do
protect from UV radiation that over time can damage paint.
Acually for that length of time, you don't need to do anything; if it is
exposed to full sun, you might put a car cover on it; worse case scenario
would be a drained battery; you could remove the battery and store it in
your garage, if you wanted.
You must be very proud of your son. May God be with him.
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