Questions about procedure for long term storage

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  1. FL 1st Hellcat

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    Aside from the engine procedures that should be performed when mothballing the car for YEARS-(ie. removing the spark plugs, squirting anti-rust preservative into the cylinders, preventing any moisture from coming into the intake or exhaust manifold, etc.), this is more of a practical issue when "storing" the car for MONTHS (1-6?).
    Since I don't want to be faced with a dead battery after storing it as-is, in most cars with the battery under the front hood, simply disconnect the battery, lock the car, put the car cover over the car, and reverse the process, pulling the hood release cable to access the battery, and you're good to go.
    In the Charger, here's my problem-since the battery is in the trunk, and there is no external key lock to unlock the trunk, the only non-emergent way to unlock the trunk to get at the DISCONNECTED battery, is ELECTRICAL-either the pushbutton on the trunk lid, or the button on the dash-neither of which will work because of the lack of electricity.
    The only solution that I've come up with is to advance the front seats full forward, pull one (or preferably BOTH) rear seatbacks down to have access to the trunk, lock it up, disconnect the battery, close the trunk, car cover, then the reverse... unlock the front door with the key in the front door lock, and then crawl into the trunk and use the interior emergency trunk release. BTW-not easy to access the rear door locks when both front seats are full forward!
    I haven't tried it yet, but I guess I could pop the hood, and use the procedure for jump starting from the front of the car to supply electric current to open the trunk.
    Any other ideas?


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  2. 707hpcharger

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    Leave the battery in it and hook up a tender/trickle charger.
    or jump it like you stated.
     
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    You can open the truck and manually flip the locks latch into the locked position. Then lower the trunklid down. The trunk will be open a bit, but you could place a blanket over it and then the car cover on top.

    I use the latch trick to shut off the light so I can leave the trunklid open and trickle charge the battery without issue.
     
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    That's a six pack non fresh air air cleaner you got there
     
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    my long term storage: drive it everyday
     
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    Ideally hook it up to a trickle charger. CTek are about the best. They keep the battery conditioned.
     
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    i asked about this to, as i am routinely gone 3-5 months at a time. The only thing i found in the owners manual for long term storage is to run the AC for 5 min on high. On my next trip, 5 months, i will get a trickle charger and maybe the race ramps for tires, but thats about it.
     
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    N96 FRESH AIR HOOD AIR CLEANER. ......on the 1969 roadrunner I sold only to end up here in VON hell!
     
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    Sorry to hear. Real A12 car? I kept mine;)
     
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    Wasn't an A12. Just a factory N96, N85, V21, 3:91suregrip, 4 speed bucket seat sweetheart. I miss her...
     
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    Hope you get you new HC sooner than later
     
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    get some race ramps RR-FS that will help these soft tires from becoming flat spotted
     
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    My 08 Bee still has the original Mopar battery in it. How it's still going, I do not know. Must be the constant temp in the garage and limited usage
     
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    i would trickle charge it...and start it every 6 months, move the car 1' for the flat spots on the tires

    i wouldnt just abandon a new car and never touch it for years.....
     

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