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I'm thinking about taking an overseas assignment for about a year and will need to prep my New Beetle for some long term storage.
What else do I need here?

1.) Fuel stabilizer w/ full tank of gas.
2.) Raising car on stands.
3.) Connecting my solar panel for battery.

Or is it better to have someone periodically start and run the car?
 

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storage:

Anyone?
How about a moderator?
 

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In addition to the above....

add some SeaFoam to the freshly changed oil and use it as a fuel stabilizer, too.

Pull the plugs and fog the cylinders; reinstall the plugs.

I'd probably completely disconnect the battery (be sure to have the radio code) rather than allow the solar panel to trickle charge forever.

Put a good car cover over it.
 

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  • Change oil
  • add fuel stabilzer
  • fill tank
  • Spray WD/40 on the brake rotors (remember to wash them before you drive)
  • Disconnect battery and put it on a trickle charger
  • Treat your leather
  • Give it a good wax
  • fill the tires up to their max psi
  • spray down the engine compartment with WD/40
  • stuff a couple rags in the exhaust tips and intake openings (keep those mice out)
  • crack the windows about 1/8th inch
  • tuck it under a quality car cover
  • Spray a little WD/40 in the cylinders
  • If you can store it on stands
 

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Toss a few humidity-absorber packs inside.

--Des
 

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forgot a kiss and a hug ;)
 

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storage

Thanks,

I will do all the above...saving the hug and kiss for last.
 

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Hi

I once had a car (Fiesta not beetle) off the road for quite a few months and thought I was doing it a favour by firing it up occasionaly and driving it a very short distance. This wasn't a good idea as it wasn't giving the alternator a chance to recharge the battery and instead made matters worse!

Also, when you stand you car on bricks, leave the handbrake off if you hadn't already thought of it.

Your main enemy will be rust (probably - hey I'm no mechanic!) so cover every inch as best you can. Get wheel covers (if they'll go over the wheels whilst on. Don't use anything but a car cover, especially on your windows.

Keep your steering wheel aligned to centre as pos. Leave it out of gear (I would guess). Make sure it can't roll off the stands.

Cover the insides with dust sheets? Not sure how that would affect leather seats mind.

Are you keeping your car inside? Ensure the place is leak free, especially from the roof.

Have someone visit your car every week and reassure it that you'll be back soon...

Oh, and take a photos and put in your wallet for those lonely-missing-it moments....
 

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Thanks again.
 
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