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Old 11-16-2012, 10:22 PM
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Winter Storage e65

I read this forum everyday, not a very mechanical person but I was hoping to start a discussion...

I have found several informative threads pertaining to storing BMWs, but I was hoping to get some e65 specific advice form this group of people. I have a 2002 745i with just over 200kms. No previous owners, been our daily driver for several years and regularly maintained.

As I am currently away for months at a time at school, the car is not being driven. Since September the car has been started 3 times,. The first time the car started right away and went into gear and was driven for over an hour - everything good. Next two times it started but was throwing a transmission error, so my dad just let it run stationary for about 20 mins each time.

The plan is to use it as a daily driver again when i return from school in april, so the car will be sitting for the next several months in a garage.

I was really hoping that I could get some advice on storing the vehicle properly... should it be started periodically, or should it be stored for the winter so that it is drivable in the spring...? Fuel stabilizer, change oil, 'sleeper switch', ctek battery charger?????

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Old 11-17-2012, 09:53 AM
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IMO you should let your dad take the car for a spin once a week maybe some of you guys can chime in
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:24 AM
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IMO you should let your dad take the car for a spin once a week maybe some of you guys can chime in
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:24 PM
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Not sure if starting it once a week is realistic (depending on other people to do this for me), but it can definitely be started on a semi regular basis.

The last time my dad started it, it was throwing a transmission failsafe fault and was not going into gear, therefore he let it run in the garage with the garage door open for around 20 mins.

Is it ok to let is run stationary like that, just letting engine get up to temperature??
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:41 PM
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Transmission error is most likely a low battery issue.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:23 PM
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How do I solve low battery issue? I have read about ctek trickle charger/oem trickle charger...?
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:59 AM
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Winter storage. Drain all fluids. Remove battery and cover her up. Should be good. Do the reverse when ready to pull her out

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