By Gunnar Heinrich
WEIGHING three and a half pounds, not only is UX32012′s metal bound and hide encased manual (same Alpine bull hide as the car’s interior) an essential resource for the milieu of features for a 2009 Phantom Coupe, it could likely – in a jam – double as a wheel chock.
Which brings us to the instructions contained therein on how to store your Rolls for an extended period of time. The following is information direct from the manual and it underscores a certain we’re-behind-you-110% ethos as you (or your staff) care for your Rolls.
Incidentally, the warranty on a new Rolls-Royce is four years, unlimited miles.
Esoteric info? Sure.
But a neat bit of trivia, nonetheless.
From: “Vehicle Quiescence:”
Storing the Vehicle
1. Store the vehicle in a covered area that is dry, cool, free of frost and well ventilated, and block the wheels, if necessary, to prevent rolling away. Do not set the parking brake.
2. Slide the battery switch behind the corner inside the luggage compartment on the right to the OFF position (Fig. RR-00134). [Note: Since the Silver Spur, Rolls-Royce have featured a trunk mounted battery cut-off switch]
3. Connect the Rolls-Royce battery charger to the charger receptacle (Fig. RR-00165) to maintain the battery in optimal state of charge.
4. Open the luggage compartment lid and leave open (secure against unintentional closing).
5. To protect the air spring bellows, we recommend putting the vehicle on suitable blocks. For this purpose, increase the ground clearance of the vehicle, place the blocks underneath and lower the vehicle once again. Increasing the ground clearance, refer to page 5-59. Lifting the vehicle, see page 15-25.
When the vehicle is idle for a long period of time without occasionally running the engine, air escapes from the air spring bellows and the vehicle lowers somewhat. The vehicle must not be moved in this condition! Otherwise, the air spring bellows could be damaged. Before moving the vehicle, run the engine for about 30 seconds to build up pressure in the air spring bellows.