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Well I'm a week away from heading off to Lafayette College, without my S40, sadly enough, and well without garage space for my car, I need some tips on what to do to keep it in prime condition. I'm at least gone for 2 months without driving it, then another 2 before I'm home for winter break. I've got family that can drive it every now and then, but since it's modified and lowered, my parents are reluctant to drive it, so it won't see a ton of the road. I tried to find a car cover specific for our cars and couldn't, so I need to see what other options/ideas I can find. I was told I should take the car off my summer rims and tires, to try and avoid flat spots on my Pilot Sport A/S. <p>Anything else you can suggest?<p>Oh well, I can deal without my car for 8 months, right? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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just get a nice big car cover that will secure it all the way down to the ground. make sure its clean before its covered. and if you are keeping gas in the tank, throw in a bottle of "dry gas" to keep it from separating. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Keep, a battery charger on it if you can. I believe IPD sells one that is fairly decent but Phuz pretty much stated everything youll need
 

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when you get the cover make sure you get one thats designed for the outside. a lot of them are designed to keep just dust off (they will let rain, etc thru)
 

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Sell it and invest the money. Cars are depreciating assets.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Copeland</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Keep, a battery charger on it if you can. I believe IPD sells one that is fairly decent but Phuz pretty much stated everything youll need</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>i def. would NOT recommend this.<p>for one, its only 8 months. your battery will definitely hold its charge.<br>two, trying to charge a full battery shortens its life.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">for one, its only 8 months. your battery will definitely hold its charge.<br>two, trying to charge a full battery shortens its life.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>When I bought my R, there was a battery saver type thing that was attached while it was in the showroom. How do I know? Because it rattled around in my trunk after I bought it since the dealer forgot about it.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">When I bought my R, there was a battery saver type thing that was attached while it was in the showroom. How do I know? Because it rattled around in my trunk after I bought it since the dealer forgot about it.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>saver & charger = two different animals.<p>granted, there are "smart" chargers which halt the charging process when a desired voltage is reached, but one that continues to attempt to apply a charge to an already full battery is one that will ruin the life of your battery.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>saver & charger = two different animals.<p>granted, there are "smart" chargers which halt the charging process when a desired voltage is reached, but one that continues to attempt to apply a charge to an already full battery is one that will ruin the life of your battery.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I would think that a "saver" would be a good idea for storage. No?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I would think that a "saver" would be a good idea for storage. No?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes -- or even easier to just disconnect the battery.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I would think that a "saver" would be a good idea for storage. No?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>yup, but cope said charger...not saver <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">"smart" chargers which halt the charging process when a desired voltage is reached,</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thats what I mean, I think IPD has one
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Copeland</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Thats what I mean, I think IPD has one</TD></TR></TABLE><p>even so...its pointless for an 8 month period.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">even so...its pointless for an 8 month period.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That depends on the current draw that the car makes. It's best to just disconnect the battery and call it good rather than assume it will be fine, then end up with a dead battery.
 

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Re: Off to College- Storing Tips for S40 (makonyy15)

Hey, good luck at Lafayette. Don't worry about your car. Worry about the Yanks.
 

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Re: Off to College- Storing Tips for S40 (alderaan)

Thanks for the replies. I'll definitely look into the battery 'saver' and a good cover. Any sites to try and find a big generic sedan one? <p>At least I'll have the car back for good in May, and then I can have it from there on out at the college, so it won't sit for long periods any more. <p>As for the Yanks, I'm extremely worried! College, well I get to bust my butt with my Mechanical Engineering major, but hey, I can do that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Hey, I just had this same conversation w/ my service manager regarding a different Volvo for a 3 month period. He said to put about 50 psi in the tires and disconnect the battery and not to worry too much about it.
 

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Definitely do something to deal with the battery. The car draws a surprising amount of current just sitting there. The remote entry, the alarm, the little led's above the center console, probably a lot more things.<p>Disconnecting the battery altogether sounds a little iffy because there are two additional batteries in the car - one in the siren module and one in the Central Electonics module. They recharge from the system, and if that system is off I wonder if they'll come back intact. I'd use a battery saver personally.<p>Tom.
 

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Is this what I'm looking for from IPD?<p><A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com/ProductsCat.aspx?CategoryID=285&NodeID=603&RootID=629" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ipdusa.com/Products...D=629</A><p>Just a little lost on how it works. When do I plug it in and attach it to the car? If it's supposed to be left like that, that's a hard option seeing as the car isn't inside or near electricity.
 

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I wouldn't worry about the battery tender, especially since the car will be outside and you don't have an outlet nearby. It will be fine.<p>Good luck with college. I'm just finishing up my masters in mechanical engineering myself.
 
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