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    Leaving the car for a year

    Hey guys sadly Ill be leaving my car for a year while I do a tour in Korea and wanted some advice. Ill be leaving in October and wanted to know if I should fully service it befote or after I come back?. Im due for an oil change but everything else seems great. Any general advice for leaving it behind? If need be I can have my girl friend drive it once a konth or so. Thanks guys.

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    I'd leave it for when you get back. Make sure the tank is filled with gas. Put an appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer (like Stabil) in the tank. Over-inflate the tires by 3 or 4 PSI. Put a battery tender on it (you're in Texas so there's no worries about freezing) and call it a day. She'll be just fine when you get back. Fix the tire pressure and get your oil changed then.


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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    I'm retired Army. I've left a car and two motorcycles several times. I change oil before I leave and after I come back but that might be overkill. If you don't want to change oil twice do it when you get back. You might consider getting an indoor car cover.

    The good news is that when I got back everything ran fine.
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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Will tires get soft spots? Any differences between outdoor and in door covers?

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Quote Originally Posted by IamtehKing View Post
    Will tires get soft spots? Any differences between outdoor and in door covers?
    As long as the tires are inflated properly it shouldnt be a problem.

    Outdoor covers tend to be water and UV resistant. Indoor are more of just soft dust covers.
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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Quote Originally Posted by IamtehKing View Post
    Will tires get soft spots?
    Tires WILL flat spot. Inflate to max pressure. Also be sure to put rags in exhaust pipes. Mice can make nests.

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Get girlfriend to drive car once a week. Better still get her to drive it once a week and enrol her in drift school. Should be quite good after a year. Car will be nicely run in as well

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    I would change the oil before you leave. Don't leave old contaminated oil in your engine for a year.

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    sounds to me that to put the car in the air on jacks is a good idea...
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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Quote Originally Posted by AJK View Post
    I would change the oil before you leave. Don't leave old contaminated oil in your engine for a year.
    Agreed. Used oil is not only dirty but forms various acids. Don't let the engine soak in those acids for a year (unhealthy). This is precisely why it is recommended to change oil before storing for the winter, not after.

    Quote Originally Posted by Croc999 View Post
    sounds to me that to put the car in the air on jacks is a good idea...
    Actually, no. It can potentially affect suspension but, more specifically, is recommended against in owner's manual (at least in 987.1 manuals). Letting the wheels hang for long periods will expose the tops of struts and can lead to corrosion.

    As mentioned, flat spotting does occur. In most cases with modern tires, however, it works itself out within miles of driving it again. Still, it's best to over-inflate the tires when storing for long periods. Many recommend tire's max recommended pressure, e.g. 50 psi.

    OP, just out of curiosity are you Korean (I understand that you're going there for a tour)?
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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Quote Originally Posted by IamtehKing View Post
    If need be I can have my girl friend drive it once a month or so. Thanks guys.

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    I think this would be helpful. Once a month is okay but the minimum driving time should be about an hour. Leave her contact with the info for your choice of service location and make sure that they are good with that.

    Oh, and don't be surprised if she falls in love with it

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    I've done this. As others have said, don't jack it up. The tire flat spots are both minimal and remarkably temporary.

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Best that the car gets driven. Doesn't have to be for long, but fluids need to circulate and seals need to be lubricated and flexed.

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

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    Definately change the oil before and after. You do not know how the ph and contaminates will eat away and/or weaken plastic parts in the engine. After a year, you would want 2 chagne the oil anyways nomatter the mileage.

    Yes. definately let your girls drive it. Give her something to love in your absence
    (and that should take care of any worry of flat spots too)

    Quote Originally Posted by gfspencer View Post
    I'm retired Army. I've left a car and two motorcycles several times. I change oil before I leave and after I come back but that might be overkill. If you don't want to change oil twice do it when you get back. You might consider getting an indoor car cover.

    The good news is that when I got back everything ran fine.

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    One more thing - There are rubber pads that you can get to put under your tires. They are supposed to prevent flat spotting. I have never used them so I can't tell you if they work. I think Griot's Garage sells them (but it might be someone else). I just pumped my tires up.

    If someone drives the car make sure that they drive it until it gets warmed up. Just starting the engine won't help you and it might make things worse.
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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Sorry to bring back an old thread but I thought I would post this from the owner's manual if anyone ever need it:

    Storing your Porsche​ (page200)

    f Clean your vehicle thoroughly inside and out- side.
    Clean the engine compartment. The under carriage and chassis components should be free of dirt and salt deposits.
    f Fill up the fuel tank. f Change the oil and oil filter, and run the engine
    for several minutes.
    f Increase the tire pressure to 58 psi (4 bar). It is not recommended to lift the vehicle, due to the possibility of corrosion on shock absorber piston shafts.
    The vehicle should be moved slightly, approxi- mately every four weeks, to prevent flat spot on the tires.

    Climate control
    The air conditioning system should be in good wor- king condition and fully charged.

    Windshield/Headlight washer
    Check and correct antifreeze/cleaning solution level as necessary.

    Vehicle interior

    The interior must be dry, especially in the area of the floor carpets. The use of drying agents (Silica- Gel) is recommended in vehicles with leather inte- rior and in areas with high humidity. The recom- mended amount is 3 fabric bags of 1.1 lbs. (500 grams) each placed on the floor carpets.
    Windows, doors, lids and top must be closed. The air vents should be opened.
    f

    Electrical system
    f Remove the battery from the vehicle and store it in a cool dry place, not on a cement floor. When the battery is disconnected, the alarm system is deactivated.
    f Recharge the battery every 3 months. If the battery remains in the vehicle with the cables connected, it is necessary to check, remove and recharge the battery every 2-3 weeks. Do not fast charge the battery.
    f Please observe the chapter “BULB CHART” on Page 239.

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Weasel View Post
    I'd leave it for when you get back. Make sure the tank is filled with gas. Put an appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer (like Stabil) in the tank. Over-inflate the tires by 3 or 4 PSI. Put a battery tender on it (you're in Texas so there's no worries about freezing) and call it a day. She'll be just fine when you get back. Fix the tire pressure and get your oil changed then.
    I left a car (E46 330i) in Texas once on a battery tender and left for 3 months during a hot summer. When I got back, the battery had literally exploded. The mechanic who replaced the battery (I've got a bad back) said he believed the extreme heat may have been responsible for the explosion.

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    After an extended period of inactivity, isn't there something about the alarm system going off when you use the button on the remote to unlock the door? As I recall, the manual says something about removing the tiny metal key from the remote, unlocking the door with that metal key, and then hitting the unlock button on the remote. I think that's supposed to keep the alarm system from being triggered.

    If I've got this wrong, please speak up.

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    Re: Leaving the car for a year

    Quote Originally Posted by gfspencer View Post
    One more thing - There are rubber pads that you can get to put under your tires. They are supposed to prevent flat spotting. I have never used them so I can't tell you if they work.
    This is completely unnecessary. If the flat spots do appear, they're subtle and disappear quickly.

    Quote Originally Posted by gfspencer View Post
    If someone drives the car make sure that they drive it until it gets warmed up. Just starting the engine won't help you and it might make things worse.
    Funny how we all read this appropriate advice over and over and yet you still see some people warming up their engines before taking off on a cold winter morning. It's just like the evidence showing that stretching exercises before jogging are at best a complete waste of time but might do harm, yet you still see so many joggers doing these useless time-wasting exercises before their jog. We humans are creatures of habit.

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