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Old 08-21-2007, 04:26 PM   #1
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putting the pony in the stable

I'm leaving for college within the next week, and the pony is staying behind
Fortunately it will be sitting in the garage. I live in Wisconsin where the winters can be cold and nasty. What should i do to prep for the car for the winter. I don't think i'll drive it until spring/summer. It may be taken out on the driveway to run every once in a while during winter, but no further.

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Re: putting the pony in the stable

I would at least recommend it is cranked once every 2 or so weeks and allowed to idle to normal operating temperature.

Also, look into taking the car off the tires if you are gonna let it sit there. I'd put it on jack stands or something similar so the tires won't rot from sitting there.

If you will not be able to have the car cranked on a bi-weekly basis I would look into putting some sort of stabilizing agent in the gas to prevent it from going bad.
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Re: putting the pony in the stable

If your gonna not start it I would put it up, stabilize the fuel, drain the oil, and take out the battery, clean her up and put a nice breathing cover over her. However if you are gonna start it up I would remember the oil isnt there if you take it out!
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Old 08-21-2007, 08:07 PM   #4
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Re: putting the pony in the stable

Oh wow a fellow wisconsin-ite. Sometimes the winters do get nasty thats for sure. I wish i had money to buy a winter beater but i dont so this will be the first winter i am driving a rear wheel car, that should be fun.
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Re: putting the pony in the stable

What part of WI you from? I grew up in Sturgeon Bay.
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New Berlin, its bout 15mins southwest of milwaukee
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Re: putting the pony in the stable

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New Berlin, its bout 15mins southwest of milwaukee
I was directing it towards the other guy, I saw your posted on the left. You live in tropical WI.
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Re: putting the pony in the stable

weather you start it or not you still need to put Staybil in the fuel and starting it and letting idle goes nothing for the trans, or rear end. it needs to be driven if not than jack it up off the tires and dissconncet the battery. do not drain the oil. that will allow moisture to build on the bearings. just change the oil when you get back
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Re: putting the pony in the stable

/\ Exactly. If the car sits too long, the seals in the tranny(auto), axle, and axle housing can dry rot if left long enough since they aren't in constant contact. Drive it atleast twice a month, you won't regret it.
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