Long term storage
Hey guys! I have a couple questions regarding our trucks. Im going on my mission and my truck is going to almost be sitting for 2 years. My dad plans on taking the truck out once a month around the farm. But thats it. What should i do in terms of fuel and other things? Does diesel fuel go bad like gas? Thanks
Another member posted this awhile back. It's from Ford and is guidelines on vehicle storage.
NEW VEHICLE STORAGE GUIDELINES
Page 221 DESIGN
• Store vehicles in a dry, ventilated place; protect
from sunlight if possible.
• If vehicles are stored outside, provide regular
maintenance against rust and damage.
• Wash vehicle thoroughly to remove dirt, grease, oil,
tar, or mud from exterior surfaces, rear wheel
housing, and underside of front fender.
• Periodically wash vehicles stored in exposed
• Touch up exposed raw or primed metal to provide
• Cover chrome and stainless steel parts with a thick
coat of auto wax to prevent discoloration. Rewax
as necessary when the vehicle is washed.
• Lubricate all hoods, door hinges and latches with a
light grade oil.
CAUTION: Keep all rubber parts free from oil
• Cover the interior soft trim to prevent fading, if
stored in exposed location.
• Start the engine every 15 days and move the
vehicle at least 25 feet. Run it al fast idle until it
reaches normal operating temperature.
• Shift the transmission into all gears while engine is
running at idle speed.
• Regularly move vehicles short distances to mix fuel
NOTE: During extended periods, if vehicle is stored for
60 days or more, gasoline may deteriorate due
to oxidation. This can damage rubbers and
other polymers in the fuel systems such as fuel
pressure regulator diaphragms and fuel line
connector seals. It may also clog small orifices.
Diesel fuel deterioration in the form of fuel
separation, sludge formation, and bacterial
growth can cause restrictions in fuel supply
lines, filters and sticking of fuel injection systems
A commercially available gasoline fuel stabilizer (“Sta-
Bil” or equivalent) should be added to gasoline-powered
vehicles or a diesel fuel stabilizer (“Fire Prep 100” or
equivalent) to diesel-powered vehicles whenever actual
or expected storage periods exceed 60 days. The
manufacturer’s instructions packaged with product
should be followed. The vehicles should then be
operated at an idle speed to circulate the additive
throughout the fuel system.
A volatile, corrosion inhibitor (NOx Rust VCI 105" or
equivalent) added to the fuel will protect the fuel tank
inner surface from corrosion. Follow instructions
packaged with product.
• Maintain appropriate antifreeze protection against
• Only use coolant as recommended in your vehicle
• Check and recharge as necessary.
• Keep connections clean and covered with light coat
• Make sure brakes and the parking brake are fully
• Maintain recommended air pressures.
• Verify that all linkages, cables, clevis pins, and
levers under the vehicle are covered with grease to
• Move trucks at least 25 feet every 15 days to
lubricate working parts and prevent corrosion.
• Run engine to normal operating temperature.
• Shift the transmission into all gears with engine
running at idle speed.
• Check fluid level and condition (no water
• Stripped Chassis vehicles – cover transmission to
prevent water from entering through
if you want an easy way to heat up your transmission (like it says above) w/out having to drive the truck, throw the truck in gear and throw in the x-fer case in neutral.
Its also a great way to head things up in really cold weather.
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