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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-12-2020, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Need help maintaining Jeep only driven 2x/year

Hi All,

I have a new maintenance project that I'm unsure how to tackle. I have a 2003 rubicon whose future is to be trailered to off-road parks probably 2x/year. I suspect the maximum speed this jeep will now ever see is 30 mph, and that it will have less than 30 miles total/year driven. It's unlikely that the Jeep will ever see streets again.

I'm familiar with how to maintain vehicles when they are driven regularly, but I'd like some suggestions for this new maintenance project. Could someone suggest to me the things I should do?

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Use a battery maintainer.
Put Stabil in the fuel and have a full tank.
Start it monthly, make sure the engine comes up to normal operating temperature and drive it around the block so the tires don’t flat spot.
Tires should be inflated to the max pressure as shown on the sidewalls.

Hopefully you can keep it inside.

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Use a battery maintainer...Ö.
I have this one and it works great. I move it around from the RV and infrequently driven vehicles, mostly in the winter. But if you wanted it can be left on a battery 24/7/365.

https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tende...a-568454549656
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Use a battery maintainer.
Put Stabil in the fuel and have a full tank.
Start it monthly, make sure the engine comes up to normal operating temperature and drive it around the block so the tires donít flat spot.
Tires should be inflated to the max pressure as shown on the sidewalls.

Hopefully you can keep it inside.
I can only do outside at the moment, does alter your advice? Are there ways to combat rodents?
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I have a friend that puts dryer sheets in his vehicles. He swears that it keeps the mice away. They don't smell bad either. Not like mothballs.
https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=%2Bdryer+%...l_6563vib6yz_e
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I always keep the Camaro on jack stands(it's the only car that really sits), and pull the stem cores out if it's going to be parked for longer than a few months. Tires don't like to be on the ground for long periods of time unless they are rotated occasionally :-p As mentioned fuel stabilizer and a battery tender if you don't have a cut off. I would just put in a cut off/disconnect as dealing with a tender is a pain in the ass as you also have to be a minder. If you have to have it on the ground, those little furniture dolly looking gizmos make moving it around easy without starting it. If it's outside, starting it every week will keep all the seals in good order. If its an auto, I would definitely drive it at least once every month or two as auto transmissions have been known to have issues from sitting. The last thing you want is to find yourself dropping the trans or trying crap like trans-x because it's stuck in first or the only way it will shift is by letting off the gas between each gear.
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…….as dealing with a tender is a pain in the ass as you also have to be a minder......
If I am understanding this comment correctly, you are saying you have to watch or check on the battery tender? Not the one I suggested above. It is designed to be connected and left. It will slow charge and when it reaches a certain level stop and just maintain the battery. It will not overcharge. It can be connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year without ever monitoring it yourself.
Even a battery with a disconnect will go dead. I have an extra battery sitting in the garage I put the Battery Tender on for a couple days a week among infrequently driven vehicles. I only have one Battery Tender so it gets passed around like a high school cheerleader after a football game.

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I've had bad luck with the Battery Tender brand, had a couple of them die on me. For several years I've used Yuasa battery float chargers and use one on my Rubi, the mower, generator, etc. Never had one fail.

I try to get Rubi out of the shop once a month but sometimes that slips to once a quarter

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The only Battery Tender I’ve had an issue with is the one where the unit itself plugs into the wall. I have been using the ones like Geroux shows below on my motorhome for years with no issues. I also have a double unit that I keep my Jeep and wife’s Subaru hooked to all the time because both sit a lot. Like everything it seems, you’re bound to have a failure now and then.

To your outside in Minnesota storage issue:

Get a good cover.
Get wheel covers like the ones used on RV’s

Put a couple of mousetrap’s underneath it along with the other suggestions.

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The only Battery Tender Iíve had an issue with is the one where the unit itself plugs into the wall....
Yes, that's the one I avoid.

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