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    Bringing work vehicle out of storage

    Yeah. It kind of slipped through the cracks due to some department changes, layoffs, etc. They want me to just watch after it, drive it around a couple times a month if its not being used.
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    Bringing work vehicle out of storage

    Got it working today. Added some gas, replaced the batteries and after a few cranks it started up. Drove it to jiffy lube (per company) changed oil, topped off fluids, filled tires with air. Now at a tire shop waiting on a rotation and inspection. The van had a CEL for the first couple...
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    Bringing work vehicle out of storage

    Well today was pretty much a failure. I went in with 2 different battery jumpers and while the engine turned over it never started. I also learned its almost out of gas, which is a good and bad thing I suppose. Tomorrow someone is bringing a couple gallons of gas and a new battery as I wasn't...
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    Bringing work vehicle out of storage

    Thanks for the advice. I have the registration and new tags and a car wash was also planned for today.
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    Bringing work vehicle out of storage

    Thanks for all of the advice. To answer some questions. The car has been stored in an actively used parking garage 4 levels below street level, so that should hopefully mitigate damage from smoke, humidity, etc. It does worry me about rodent damage. I found the van covered in dust but no...
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    Bringing work vehicle out of storage

    I made a similar post about my personal vehicle being brought out of quasi-storage. This one is a bit different. Today at work I was told to check on a couple of our work vans that have not been touched since Feb 2020. I've only been here for about a year, and until today our dept wasn't...
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    Bringing car back from storage

    It's good to be back after a year or so of not having too much garage access or use of this site.
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    Bringing car back from storage

    I figured it wasn't too big of a deal. I just wanted to check in. I'll run the car over to an AutoZone or similar and have it load tested as well. This past weekend I actually put about 50 miles on it. It started right up and didn't have problems. The oldest gas is at most 3-4 months old. I...
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    Bringing car back from storage

    Once it moved inside it was put on a trickle charger. I used my OBD scan tool and checked the battery and alternator periodically. It didn't have any issues. The battery was replaced in early 2020.
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    Bringing car back from storage

    I mainly went on the drive to make sure the battery stayed charged and also because I missed driving a manual transmission. Thanks for the help everyone.
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    Bringing car back from storage

    I wasn't too hard on it when I would do my monthly drive, mostly kept it under 60. It wasn't started at all between drives. I left the tank around a half tank and I let it run low and filled it half way about a month ago. Next month i'll be taking it on a drive to Portland a couple weeks before...
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    Bringing car back from storage

    It was a mix of outside for part of the time, and inside a garage for the last part.
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    Bringing car back from storage

    Next month I am bringing my Mazda 3 out of "storage" where it has been since January of this year. This wasn't a full storage as I would make a monthly trip out to where it was being stored and take it on a 10-15 mile drive. Right before I stored the car I changed the oil and filter. It was a...
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    2010 MAZDA3 2.5L 6spd

    I don't know if they went in all of them. I have a non-skyactiv 2.5l.
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    2010 MAZDA3 2.5L 6spd

    Interesting that your oil spec is 5w20. I have the 2012 2.5l 6spd Touring edition which is the exact same engine/transmission and mine calls for 0w-20 right on the oil fill cap. These are great engines, I just wish they did a little better with MPG. I've given it a steady diet of M1 0w-20 since...
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    Avatars?

    Is there a way I can get my avatar removed? I'm not even sure how it got there. I don't have a replacement but I can't find anywhere in the settings to change it.
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    Post your latest oil change

    2012 Mazda 3 2.5l. In: Mobil 1 AFE 0W-20, Mazda filter. Out: Mobil 1 AFE 0W-20, Mazda filter. OCI: 5,200. Needed to get this done before winter sets in.
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    Switching from conventional to synthetic

    I had a 99 Civic with a 1.6L that after a year of owning in 2011 I switched it to M1 5w20 high mileage. I mainly did it because living in east Idaho the car wouldn't start below 0 reliably. It actually helped reduce the small leak I had in addition to starting reliably and I abused that car for...
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    Post your latest oil change

    2014 Honda CR-V 2.4L Out: M1 0W-20 AFE - M1-110A Filter In: M1 0W-20 AFE - M1-110A Filter 58,600 Miles Churning through the Walmart/M1 Spring rebate oil.
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