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Old 11-28-11, 09:02 PM   #1
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Does anyone have ideas how we should store our 2003 SC430 for the winter.

I'm parking it in a detached garage at my late father in-laws house. The car came with a battery buddy trickle charger mounted to the top of the battery. I was told to leave it plugged in all winter so the battery drains all the way down and starts the recharging process again.

I'm not convinced this is a good idea...what if the car catches fire. The home is vacant and I only stop by once every few weeks.

Anything else I should do besides throw a cover on it. Put additives in gas tank or get tires off the ground (jack stands)

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Old 11-28-11, 09:39 PM   #2
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I'll let others chime in from up north but I've heard the battery tender is a great idea, obviously turn off everything, car cover would be good, check the garage for rodents/squirrels and seal it up good. Tons of people use battery tenders with no issues. I'm considering getting one for my garage queen myself.
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rodents? wow I never thought of that. It will be in Chicago....must keep the politicians away.
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I don't know what a "battery buddy" is, but as far as I know, the "Battery Tender" is the device to use for long term storage as it stops charging when the battery reaches full charge, and only recharges as necessary; a continuous charge, even a trickle, is not good for the battery over a long time period. There are gasoline stabilizers that can be added to the tank to retard oxidation, and are readily available at auto and at hardware stores - there is no downside to using something like that, and it is inexpensive. Other than that, you should be fine for a three or four month period. Starting it up during the storage period and driving it a bit to move the tires would be good but not necessary. I store mine with the battery tender for most of the winter and have had no problems; the car starts right up after three months of inactivity.
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I store my SC430 every year for 6 months as I live in the winter wonder land of Vermont.

I add the fuel additive, vacuum it really well, so there is no smell of food or food particles, clean the outside, put foam/rags under the windshield wipers so the blades do not stick to the windshield, crack both the windows about half inch to allow air to flow through the cabin, put high density foam blocks under tires to avoid flat spots, stuff intake and exhaust with rags, disconnect and remove battery from car and bring it inside for warm storage, and then put cover on.

I do not believe in moth ball, dryer sheets, or putting out bait for rodents. If you did a good job cleaning your car it shouldn't be an issue, however...if you're in an area with high concentration of rodents...nothing will keep them if they want in. maybe a prayer will help. I have been storing vehicles of all types since 2004 and have never had a rodent issue knock on wood.

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I was told to leave it plugged in all winter so the battery drains all the way down and starts the recharging process again. TIA
I don't believe that any automobile charger would discharge the battery completely and then recharge it. This technique is used for Ni-Cad batteries but not lead-acid automotive batteries. I agree with the others here that you should be using a smart-charger such as a Battery Tender. These won't cook your battery and deplete the electrolyte over time like a trickle charger.

Raising the car off of the tires is a good way to avoid flat spots on your tires. I can be a pain to accomplish though.
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Battery Buddy may be incorrect, It may be Battery Tender. My wife has the car at work today so I will check it later,
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Oh yeah, rodents. They have an affinity to Lexus and Toyota. Nice warm sealed cabins and engine compartments. Good intake/exhaust. Don't believe me...but read some of these crazy stories! They also like cabin filters and air filters!

They like warmth! See the first one...YUK!

http://www.salvagedirect.com/asp/vie...itemid=901741&

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=215919

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Oh yeah, rodents. They have an affinity to Lexus and Toyota. Nice warm sealed cabins and engine compartments. Good intake/exhaust. Don't believe me...but read some of these crazy stories! They also like cabin filters and air filters!

They like warmth! See the first one...YUK!

http://www.salvagedirect.com/asp/vie...itemid=901741&

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=215919

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/gs-s...-on-gs300.html

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http://us.lexusownersclub.com/forums...howtopic=63778
YIKES!!!! I need to find some more wood to knock on!!!!
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If storing the car in a garage with an unsealed concrete floor, a vapor barrier between the car and the floor is useful to prevent rust formation on the undercarriage.
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I found out about it AFTER I had some of my wiring eaten away. One of my O2 sensors and a wire to my engine computer were eaten through. They also got into my ventilation duct and chewed up some insulation. The insulation got stuck on the blower wheel and made it unbalanced. The fan shook the entire dash. Most of the customers for RatAway come to buy AFTER they've had damage. Some think it has to do with the new materials used for insulating wires and it smells good to rodents. I don't know.

The damage wasn't done to my SC but rather to my Chrysler van. Thank God.
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A mouse can squeeze through any hole big enough to poke its head through. In many cases, that's about the circumference of a pencil. If sacrificing vermin is not abhorrent to you, scatter a few bags (no need to open them) of Havoc around the perimeter of the garage floor.

I've used a Battery-Tender for 10 years and am still using the battery that came with the car.

I don't know if there is a generic high-density foam you can find, but you can get tire "cradles" here www.tirecradle.com. I've been using them for 10 years. Incidentally, a small auto museum nearby (about 150 cars) uses them under all their cars.
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I am using a small float battery charger which just maintains the battery charge at the level it is when last driven. I try and run the car every 7-10 days or so. Before using this the battery became a problem as the temperature dropped.
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