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    Default C5 X7 Long Term Storage

    Hey guys.

    I just got my first Citroen a few months ago and love it. Unfortunately I am now moving overseas for 18 months and don't want to sell it. It has Hydropneumatic suspension.

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    Are there any concerns or precautions with the suspension I should take before storing? Should it be stored on blocks or with the suspension in raised or lowered position?

    Any other things I should be worried about? (Besides disconnecting battery of course)

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    Unless it's living in the weather I would suggest a battery trickle charger instead of disconnection. Get the load off your tyres - chassis stands are ideal. See if someone can change over every three months, one of those damp/odour absorber packs placed on the front floor. Put mice/rat baits in the engine bay.

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    Over that period the suspension will lower itself anyway. Look into addo's charger suggestion, as C5 batteries aren't cheap, and a dead battery can lead to a host of trouble when you return. They are usually AGM batteries - talk to a someone about getting a suitable device.

    Some other things:
    wipers out to protect the rubber, put a soft landing on the glass in case someone pops them;
    clean off dirt, particularly underneath to hold off rust if it gets damp;
    handbrake off, as the discs will surface rust;
    see if someone can periodically turn the engine over on the starter and operate the foot brake, to keep metal surfaces wet and free of corrosion;
    change oil and filter when you return - it may not be in optimum condition.

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    It's possibly better to have someone trusted to give it a run every so often, but that depends on storage options.
    There are specialist storage businesses who will, obviously for a sometimes hefty fee, store and maintain the car in your absence.
    The usual storage issues of battery, tyres, brake fluid etc. apply to a C5 as for any other car.
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    I've heard stories about Diesel fuel growing algae when left for a long time which then clogs up the pumps etc when trying to restart. Anyone else like to comment on this rumour?

    I think on return you should dump the diesel in the tank and then change fuel filter after the fresh diesel has got through to the engine. Probably best to put new coolant, engine oil and brake fluid though it too before you go to minimise change of internal corrosion as well.

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    I don't have any experience with diesel but if it were a petrol car I would fill tank to the brim to avoid the tank having vapour in it which would include water vapour. I would guess the same would apply to diesel. Fill it right up. Clean very thoroughly first, then a layer of wax over the outside, then follow other advice re stands to take load off tyres and wheel bearings, and dealing with vermin.

    I would question getting someone to go and start every so often, this could possibly do more harm than good as really it would need to be taken for a run of at least 10k every week. My CX does not like being used any less than that and performs much better if used more. Therefore I would look at a permanent solution. Fill the tank right up, put vehicle on stands, then disconnect the battery. When you return there will be a bit of recommissioning to do, buy a new battery and fit, maybe replace the diesel fuel but it might be OK. Organise to take the car for a full service when you recommission.
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    Certainly not good selling so soon after buying. Where are you in Melbourne? And is the "storage" accessible?

    I'm sure that a half hour could be spared by many AF's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craiggstephens View Post
    Hey guys.

    I just got my first Citroen a few months ago and love it. Unfortunately I am now moving overseas for 18 months and don't want to sell it. It has Hydropneumatic suspension.

    Are there any concerns or precautions with the suspension I should take before storing? Should it be stored on blocks or with the suspension in raised or lowered position?

    Any other things I should be worried about? (Besides disconnecting battery of course)

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    Default My experience !

    Hi,
    Years ago I purchased a C5 which had sat for a while. Not sure exactly how long now but it sat in a wharehouse for a couple of years then it was taken out and serviced and then sat in a driveway under a car cover for another two years or so. Petrol motor.

    I took a jump starter so I could look at the speedo reading. Then I hit the starter and it went after a couple of coughs. It pumped up during this and after a couple of minutes it stopped. Ran out of fuel !!

    When I picked it up a week later I took some fuel and a good battery, pumped the tires to pressure and drove it onto the trailer. It passed rego with only a bulb check and a clean and I drove it for years !! No problems related to the storage as far as I could see. The paint had some spots in the clear coat from some spots of bird shit that was on the car cover.

    So what is there to learn here ?? Perhaps just let it sit as you would if you were going away for a week, that's what this guy did, twice. The guy had other things happening in his life overseas so !
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    PS there is stuff to put in fuel for storage.

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    Thanks heaps for all the replies.

    Much appreciated. Sounds like a set of stands are on the must do list. Unfortunately getting someone to start it so often will not be an option but all the other ideas sound good. Glad there is nothing special or to be alarmed about with the suspension though.

    I love this car. Couldn't get rid of it.

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    If a C5 gets a flat battery you can have some exciting moments sometimes - the computer gets upset. Have a think about what you are going to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasink View Post
    If a C5 gets a flat battery you can have some exciting moments sometimes - the computer gets upset. Have a think about what you are going to do.
    Obvious thing is to float charge the battery.

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