I'm about to get my new to me 2018 King Ranch with 24k miles. Curious about storing the vehicle for 6 months a year and if the DEF will become a problem because could get old. I will only put about 5 to 6k miles on per year. Head south for the winter (live in South Dakota) and will leave the pickup in an unheated garage for at least 6 months. Will I have any issues letting it sit that long? Any precautions I should take like storing it with low DEF then could put fresh in it when I return? First post -- thanks
Mine has been in unheated storage now for 5 months, I had it going yesterday with no issues. Just remember to remove a battery lug or run a float charger, it will flatten a battery in no time when not in use.
Jmperlik: I previously did ask the dealer about FSA 18E02. He checked and indicated the only open recall was the 19N06 (door latch freezing). This dealer sold it New and took it in trade for a superduty 1yr 5 months later. So can assume he would have the records. Perhaps it was built after the cutoff date of Oct 9, 2018. But I will ask again when I pick it up just to make sure. Thanks
Yes, I'll prob go with a float charger over the winter. I bought a 2019 Camry Hybrid last year and it is the garage now for 6 months connected to a battery tender plus. Hopefully when we get home mid Apr the battery will be good. I'll get another for this pickup.
I've been reading horror stories about old DEF so was more worried about that. Is there a way to drain the fluid when you put in storage? Not using the vehicle for towing and only road trips, doubt if I'll even use a full tank, 10 gallons in a year.
@Milehghcty - have no fear as I have documented how to get going on FORScan here: START HERE: New FORScan user education
=> You definitely want to enable DPF Full % and OCR (Operator Commanded Regen) in your IPC at a minimum
=> ASS (Auto Start/Stop) is another reason to get FORScan educated
=> I have walked many a new user thru the process so don't be afraid to try & ask if you have questions
It gets real cold up there in South Dakota, so let me throw a curve ball at you. Def will freeze so our trucks have a built in def tank heater I think. The cold will help extend the life of the def fluid but the heater may be a challenge to your battery tender. Just guessing here.
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