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There are a variety of reasons we may take our Series Land Rover off the road for a few months and a variety of environmental conditions in which it might be stored. The main points of concern are dealt with individually below.

Tyres: It's important to raise the vehicle up on jacks and stands, sufficiently to take most of a Series Land Rover's punishing weight off its tyres. If this is not done, the tyres will tend to retain the bulge in them after the vehicle is returned to road use. There will then be a noticeable thumping from one or more wheels when on the move. Some tyres can recover automatically from the experience but others cannot and this then becomes a safety issue.

Fuel: Modern fuel has more additives in it these days, particularly the unleaded type, and some are not stable in the long term. Old fuel can cause ignition problems and possible engine damage. So, ideally, fill the tank to capacity, to reduce condenasation problems, then add a petrol or diesel stabilser product. Run the engine as
the product suggests to distribute the stabiliser throughout the system.

Body: Series Land Rover body panels are made from aluminium alloy and so exposure to damp and rain is not a problem. The structural framework of Series Land Rovers, such as door pillars and bulkhead however, are of steel construction and therefore climate food.
So, covering the vehicle and protecting it from the climate, protects the external steel components. It's the nature of a Series Land Rover to admit the climate through an impressive variety of portals. Corrosion then has the opportuntiy to continue from the inside out unless the vehicle is covered or stored indoors.

Battery: There's a range of sophisticated battery charging devices available that sense the state of the battery and charge it accordingly. You can just hook your battery up to one of these and leave it alone. If however you only have a standard charger you could still 'leave it alone' by connecting it to your charger via a timer switch set to charge the battery for 15min each day. My own battery is in its fourth year of service having been charged in this manner for 3 months each year.

Engine: Remove sparks plugs and add a little engine oil. Turn the engine over on the starter handle to distribute the oil on the cylinder walls.

Exhaust: It's an open door for the tiny and homeless in winter - block it!

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