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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:46 PM
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Storage for 1 month old X3

Looking for advice on storage for brand new X3 28i 2014 which I took delivery recently.
Got to go abroad for 3 months on a work gig and have to leave the baby behind.
I have a garage that is totally secure but should I jack car up? Plug in a battery charger which I could purchase to maintain battery charge? fill up with gas?
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:34 PM
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I'd put it on a battery tender, add some Sta-Bil to the gas, run it for a few miles to get the Sta-Bil distributed through the fuel system and park it. Three months isn't that long.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:37 PM
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You definitely want to put it on a battery tender. Given the electronics and the battery of the F25 X3, three weeks of storage is probably OK (I regularly do two weeks) , but three months is not.

Make sure that it is a battery tender, which will not overcharge the battery, rather than just a battery charger. Doug in NC's suggestion of adding Sta-Bil to your fuel tank is a good one, especially since gasoline with ethanol is now forced on most of us. I would add a bottle to the tank, top off the tank, and then drive around for a few miles as Doug suggests.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:02 PM
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We connect a CTEK to underhood terminals.
http://www.amazon.com/CTEK-Multi-700.../dp/B000FRLO9Y
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:33 AM
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I would also pump up the tires to max pressure to prevent flat spots.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:46 AM
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Storage for 1 month old X3

Great advice! Thanks all.
Any brand suggestions for what type/brand of battery tender to buy?
Also should I 'lock' the X3 where the alarm is armed or leave it?

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Old 09-05-2013, 10:00 AM
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Impreza I see you recommend CTEK. Do you just clip-on terminals? I saw on YouTube some folks installed easy plug connectors?


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Old 09-05-2013, 10:11 AM
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Can the Bat tender be clamped directly on the jump start points 3 and 4 as indicated by the car manual or should we do it on the lead acid batt directly?


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Old 09-05-2013, 12:11 PM
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I regularly attach my CTEK 7002 to the battery posts under the front hood (as shown in the owners manual). Just lift up on the red plastic cover, clip on the positive lead. The ground (black) lead clips onto the bare post in the same area. Then plug in the battery maintainer into a power outlet. I haven't had any problems with the clips coming off and the unit seems to run with minimal heat output.

I've tried a number of battery maintainers over the years and the CTEK seems to be a good, reliable unit. I think that the current BMW-branded battery tender is also a CTEK unit. Got mine from Amazon.
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