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post #1 of 12 Old 09-11-2021, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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2008 4.7L Limited GC Storing

I've held on to my 2008 GC limited 4.7L intending upon making it my next beach buggy. 186,000 miles, runs great, remote start still works after couple weeks of sitting. I take it for a spin occasionally..get it up to speed, had it serviced as needed (last check, oil change Feb. this year), but am wondering...is there anything else I should be doing? Most likely it will sit for longer periods later on, any advice on maintaining weeks of not starting? My last buggy (a 97) sometimes sat for weeks or a month or more....would just have to jump it. TY!


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post #2 of 12 Old 09-17-2021, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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All you need is battery tender, or pull the IOD fuse when parked more than 2 weeks.

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Park it someplace where you don't need to apply the parking brake to prevent them from seizing.

A battery minder is the main thing you need, even with the engine off these vehicles never 100% shut down all the electronic systems so there is always going to be some residual drain. Technically the minder is supposed to be connected directly to the battery but they seem to work fine if you connect them to the jump-start terminals under the hood.

Many include a fused 12V lead that you can attach to the terminals and route out the radiator grill, you may need to extend this due to the location of the jumpstart terminals.

Just realized you are talking about a 2008, I don't think this has the complication of the battery being located under the front seat so forget the above about jump start terminals
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I store mine for 6 spring, summer, early fall months out of the year. I put it on Jack Stands so the tires do not go out of round and also connect a battery tender on a timer. The timer comes on once/day for two hours each time. Has worked fine for the last 5 years. Also, depending on your environment, I live in the snow belt, you may want to have fluid film sprayed liberally on the under carriage to prevent rust.
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Thanks all; I don't need to "store" it for multiple months, as I can always get to it and drive it...it may go month and a half or so. The battery tender is not an option. Also, I've long been aware of fluid film but a very mechanical friend informed me that sand would stick to it and accumulate, so I don't think that's an option either. I always relied on hosing down the undercarriage and such, but in that environment the rust seems to be inevitable when jeep just sits.

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If the battery becomes a problem, you can buy one of the small Lithium-Ion battery jump starters. They work surprisingly well even on big engines.
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If the battery becomes a problem, you can buy one of the small Lithium-Ion battery jump starters. They work surprisingly well even on big engines.
..have one and I agree!

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Thanks all; I don't need to "store" it for multiple months, as I can always get to it and drive it...it may go month and a half or so. The battery tender is not an option. Also, I've long been aware of fluid film but a very mechanical friend informed me that sand would stick to it and accumulate, so I don't think that's an option either. I always relied on hosing down the undercarriage and such, but in that environment the rust seems to be inevitable when jeep just sits.
My Jeep sits for several weeks at a time in the summer when I have my fun car out. I keep an automatic battery charger on it when it's parked, but as you say, that isn't an option. In that case, pull the IOD fuse when you park it. That will reduce battery draw to almost nothing when it's off.

You could try using a small solar panel to keep the battery topped up as well.

As mentioned, a little battery booster is handy in case the battery does get low. I keep a lithium one in my Jeep and it only needs topping up a couple times a year, even at -40
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Most lead-acid batteries, even if they are AGM do not like to be in a discharged state so a cheap solar charger could be a good option if your vehicle is outside. I see some that you plug into an always-on 12V outlet, I have never used one of these so can't comment on the electiveness but the theory appears to be sound.
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I like to put a electric rodent trap (AA batteries) in my vehicles. I can't drive them all plus I have a little acreage and those little rascal's like not being disturbed.
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Solar charger is something I will research; rodents not a problem....vehicle outside, and even then the foxes will get them Thanks both!

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