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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:22 AM
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Winterizing your Defender

Ok guys (first of all I searched the forum before posting and didn't find much), my 1995 D90 is a summer only vehicle for me here in Maine. So I am planning on storing it for the winter. I was wondering if someone would share their process and or experiences in doing this. I have never prepped a vehicle to sit for about 6 months, so even the basics would be appreciated.

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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:29 AM
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Here is what I do:

Change the oil
Add Stabil fuel stabilizer
Try and find non-ethonol gas to fill it up with
run it for a bit to get the stabil through the system
Hook up a battery tender to the batteries

Mine is in a rodent-free zone...you may need to take other precautions if yours is not...
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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:31 AM
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Ok guys (first of all I searched the forum before posting and didn't find much), my 1995 D90 is a summer only vehicle for me here in Maine. So I am planning on storing it for the winter. I was wondering if someone would share their process and or experiences in doing this. I have never prepped a vehicle to sit for about 6 months, so even the basics would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Tom
Tom, you could send it here for the winter and I'll keep her looking good for you! if thats not an option at a minimum change all of the fluids and turn her over once a month....trickle charge the battery and keep the fuel topped off and add a fuel additive and you're all set. how many miles do you drive it a year?
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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:32 AM
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1. fill the gas tank and use some gas stabilizer like Stabil. run the engine for a few minutes so that the stabilizer gets into the lines
2. put out some mouse traps as they can do a bit of damage. don't put the mouse traps inside the truck. But put a cardboard box on the floor somewhere. Any mice will use that first.
3. remove the battery and hook it up to a battery tender
4. change the oil in the engine if it is not fresh and run it for 5-10 minutes after the change. Pull the fuel pump fuse and run it until it dies to get the gas out of the lines.
5. use an oil treatment in the engine like Lucas oil treatment (not related to our electronics)
6. You can put your truck up on axle stands to keep the tires off the ground
7. WD40 everything - probably not much value in that but some feel it puts a protective cover on everything.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:35 AM
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Tom, you could send it here for the winter and I'll keep her looking good for you! if thats not an option at a minimum change all of the fluids and turn her over once a month....trickle charge the battery and keep the fuel topped off and add a fuel additive and you're all set. how many miles do you drive it a year?

Bill,
This was my first year having it and I put about 2K on it this summer.
Any suggestions on a good battery Tender?

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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:45 AM
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Bill,
This was my first year having it and I put about 2K on it this summer.
Any suggestions on a good battery Tender?

Thanks
Tom
I don't use a trickle charger, but I use other products from; http://www.geniuschargers.com/

good products good company!

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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:51 AM
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6. You can put your truck up on axle stands to keep the tires off the ground
This is the one everyone was missing...

Get a good breathable padded cover (assuming indoor storage)
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Old October 24th, 2012, 10:04 AM
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6. You can put your truck up on axle stands to keep the tires off the ground
I've heard of putting vehicles on jack stands at the frame to reduce sprung weight on the suspension; but jacking it at the axles does what, prevent flat spots on the tires? On a radial tire, is that really necessary?
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Old October 24th, 2012, 10:10 AM
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I've heard of putting vehicles on jack stands at the frame to reduce sprung weight on the suspension; but jacking it at the axles does what, prevent flat spots on the tires? On a radial tire, is that really necessary?
Lets you store with good air flow, bag the wheels with desiccant to minimize rotor rust, prevents flat spots, and no worries when leaving the car in neutral and parking brake not engaged.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 10:23 AM
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If you don't put it on jack stands, put more air in your tires. When Land Rover ships vehicles over they have about 60-70 psi in the tires to prevent flat spots.
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I will disagree and say I prefer to remove the battery entirely rather than a tender.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 11:18 AM
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I thought this was going to be about driving it in the winter, one of my favorite times to drive my Rovers when I lived in VT. Winterization for my softtop Lightweight was Sorels, long underwear and a heavy jacket. A down parka and AF Arctic survival pants for long trips.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 11:32 AM
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I will disagree and say I prefer to remove the battery entirely rather than a tender.

This is what I use:

http://batterytender.com/products/au...emisphere.html

I know that on the tender my battery will live a long life...so I would rather be safe than sorry.

Plus I am too lazy to disconnect the 97,000 cables on my two batteries...so I have the battery tender leads hard-wired out a bung in the battery box, so I can plug in without evern removing the seat :-)
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Old October 24th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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I had a battery tender short out and kill a battery badly so maybe I am jaded.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 12:23 PM
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These can be had for less if you walk into the store & buy one.

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6 months isn't really long enough to need to do all that stuff. Fill the tank, change the oil, bring the battery inside. That's 'bout it.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 12:54 PM
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Inflating the tires near max pressure definitely helps.
Whichever battery tender you use, be sure it is designed to properly maintain the battery and not just overcharge it.
I Use the glue traps near my stored vehicles for the for the mice...They work great and don't have a food source to overly attract them.
A decent cover helps protect the paint but they can be expensive...I use old bed sheets to cover mine, mainly on the top where dirt and debris settles...
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Old October 24th, 2012, 01:04 PM
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Good idea for the cover, didnt think of that. I've never found a good cover that could handle a rack!
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Winterize, ha ha suckers. roll up windows and close sunroof.
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Mine is in a rodent-free zone...you may need to take other precautions if yours is not...
Rodents hate moth balls, just an FYI. Throw a couple in the footwells and a couple on top of each tire and youll be fine. My MGA and MGB sat through the winter and mothballs in a few key areas worked wonders.
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