Join Date: May 2014
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Re: Possibly Putting FJ in Short Term Storage
1. You didn't state what year your FJ was, or how many miles it has on it, but change the coolant to ensure that the corrosion inhibitors are still providing protection against internal engine corrosion.
2. Flush the brake system with new brake fluid to expel all the old moisture-contaminated fluid.
3. Don't just have someone start the engine and let it idle, or "drive it around the block". Start it, and drive it at least 20 minutes every two weeks (preferably on a highway) to:
a) Bring everything up to operating temperature and drive all the condensed water out of the oil and out of the exhaust system.
b) Splash-lubricate all the internal parts in the transmission, transfer case, and differentials.
c) Keep all the seals in the brake system and struts/shock absorbers sliding properly.
d) Keep the battery charged.
If you have any accessories that have a parasitic current draw that would result in a partially or fully-discharged battery, either disconnect them (pull the appropriate fuse), or leave a battery tender (trickle charger) connected any time the vehicle isn't being driven.