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#1 (permalink) Old 12-14-2004, 08:23 AM
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I am going on vacation and leaving my 96 318i to stand for 1 month in my garage. Should i do anything i.e. unplug the battery?
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I am going on vacation and leaving my 96 318i to stand for 1 month in my garage. Should i do anything i.e. unplug the battery?
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1 month isn't really a long time, I don't think you need to do anything. You could unplug the battery if you want. But you shouldn't have a problem starting it agian after a month. How's the weather where you live?

If you're really anal about it, you can jack the car up and leave it on jackstands to prevent flat spots on the tires. It's doubtful you'll have any after only 1 month. You can also stick some socks into your exhaust pipes to prevent buildup in moisture and rusting in the tailpipes. This is usually the procedure people would go through for winter storage. They would also drain the gas tank and coolant from the radiator. You could get a friend to start the car up once in a while and drive it, that would be the most ideal thing to do.

My uncle leaves for vaction every winter, and I take his '87 911 out to blast out those carbon desposits and any moisture buildup. Anyways, don't worry about it. Your car will be fine.

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for one month i wouldnt worry.

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Somtimes I don't start my car for two or three months at a time.
Every time I turn the key it starts right up!
I don't think you'll have any problems.

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ive heard of people having problems even after just one month, but id leave it as it is

or you can just ship your keys to me and ill take care of it


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If you're really concerned, you could just remove the battery and put it on a charger - but like others have said, you should be fine.
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