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Old 09-18-2003, 07:47 PM
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storage of a 300D?

I'm going to have to store my 83 300D for at least 6 months and am wondering what, if anything, should be done before I lay it up. Thanks!
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Old 09-18-2003, 07:52 PM
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Just turn it off. I stored my 307d for one year. It started on the first crank. Some algaecide in the tank might be a good preventive measure. Available at boating supply stores.
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Old 09-18-2003, 08:36 PM
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Top the fuel off first too and maybe some sort of fuel stabilizer along with the algaecide.
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Old 09-18-2003, 09:06 PM
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Also, top off the battery with distilled water and install an automatic trickle charger/maintainer on it to keep it fully charged. Most good automotive stores carry these for around 30 to 40 bucks.
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Old 09-18-2003, 09:27 PM
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You can get the trickle charger at Harbor Freight for about $8. However, I have not had a lot of luck with them. The last time I used one over the winter, the battery was bad in the spring.
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Old 09-18-2003, 09:33 PM
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Yeah, I guess a bad one can ruin a battery also. You could just charge the battery and disconntect it from the car. Probably wouldn't hurt to remove it totally from the car to prevent any corrosion that may form and ruin the terminals and/or battery tray.
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Old 09-18-2003, 10:08 PM
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Harbor Trickle:

Don't do it. Bought two both were no good. Buy a little one from Sears.
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Old 09-18-2003, 10:12 PM
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Running the engine for a few minutes every other week will help with the battery and overall engine health from oil contaminants, fuel settling, and coolant rust.
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Old 09-19-2003, 12:35 PM
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Mdlwolf,

The first answer was the correct one. No need to worry about the battery. If it is a good battery, it won't run down if your electrical system is OK. Starting and running your engine for few minutes will just get water in you exhaust system and cause rust.

I store my 300SD and 300SDL every winter and all I do is shut them off hot and restart in the spring. So I know from experience.

Gasoline cars may be different because the lighter molecules evaporate from gasoline which sometimes makes them hard to start. This doesn't happen to Diesel fuel.

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Old 09-19-2003, 02:23 PM
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