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Old 19 Oct 2007, 08:16 am
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I have a 2001 Honda EX. I have orders to go to Okinawa, Japan. I will not be allowed to ship it there. The government will store it for me for the three years I am there. I do not want to sell it. What do I need to do to prepare it for store to minimize damage to the car while it is in storage for three years?
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Old 20 Oct 2007, 04:44 am
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Storage Checklist:
  • Drain and flush the radiator, refill with new antifreeze.
  • Place a cover of some kind over the radiator overflow line, bugs will make a home there and plug the line.
  • Change the Engine Oil and filter. Used oil is acidic and may harm your engine over a long period of time.
  • Lubricate all the grease fittings, the door, hood & trunk hinges.
  • Pour a couple of quarts of light weight engine oil into the gas tank.
  • Start engine and run it until you get lots of blue smoke out the exhaust. (This coats inside of the Carb, intake manifold, cylinders and the exhaust with a light coat of oil to prevent corrosion.)
  • Top off the gas tank, add fuel stablizer. If the gas tank has a vent line, be sure to cover it.
  • Cover the ends of the exhaust to prevent critters from making a home in the exhaust.
  • Remove the aircleaner and cover the top of the carb with light plastic and then reinstall the aircleaner.
  • Remove the battery and store it away from the car.
  • Put a light coat of wax on the paint and chrome.
  • Clean the interior of the car.
  • Adding moth balls (every where), a open box of baking soda and some rat poison in the car to deter rodent making it their home.
  • Use a rubber lubricant on the door and trunk seals.
  • Put the car on jack stands just high enough that the tires do not touch the ground.
  • Make sure you release the hand or parking brake.
  • Cover the car with quality car cover. Be sure the cover does not go all the way to the floor or ground, it is important for air to circulate under the car.
  • If you are worried about theft, remove the rotor from the distributor and store it with the keys.
  • Place a copy of the storage checklist in the glove box to use when you remove the car from storage.

When you are ready to remove from storage:
  • Reinstall battery.
  • Remove the cover on the carb and radiator oveflow line.
  • Reinstall the rotor in the distributor.
  • Drain the engine oil, replace the oil filter and make sure you fill the ne oil filter with some oil before placing back into its location.
  • Fill the engine with oil.
  • Check the dip stick to verify that the oil is flowing freely onto the engine.
  • Drain your cooling system completely and replace with new cooling mixture.
  • Remove the bag from the air intake, remove the air intake and check the trottle body for any rust, there shouldn't be any, prime the trottle body by putting about 2 ounces of gasoline directly.
  • Place the air intake back properly,
  • Move the key from lock to just where you can hear the fuel pump working do this at least 10 times and try starting at the 11th time.
  • Only turn on for about 10 seconds and turn it off, check your oil level and top up.
  • Now you can turn it on and go for a ride making sure to test your brakes by doing a few go and stops at slow speed before you decide to go far.

This is just a general checklist to look into.
Might missed out some stuff.

You may want to check out the following site

Storing Your Car
How to Prepare Your Automobile for Long Term Storage
How to Prepare Your Car for Long-Term Storage |
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Old 20 Oct 2007, 05:07 am
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Hey! Thanks for the tip. I hope the storage it will work out.
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Old 30 Nov 2007, 09:05 am
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at least you can store it for free and you dont have have to sell checklist tho, i didnt know some of that stuff
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