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Old 12-31-2014, 09:46 AM   #1
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Parked for winter

Hey so I got my 2000 GT parked for winter I haven't started it in like 2 months is that ok so I be worried

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Hey so I got my 2000 GT parked for winter I haven't started it in like 2 months is that ok so I be worried

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You're better off not starting it every so often. Just leave it until Spring.


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I won't have oil leaks or anything

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I don't live in a cold climate, but I do leave for work often. I always make sure I have some fuel sta-bil in the tank, and a float charger on the battery. Some check the tires so they don't get flat spot too, but unless it's sitting a very long time I don't think that it's a big deal.
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Seems like I had more of an issue with that on my '79. That hasn't really been an issue on my '95. Maybe just lucky, or maybe an age thing.


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Actually that's how stuff breaks more often. It's made to run not sit for a long period then run. I would start it maybe every week and let it get a little warm and maybe drive it every so often. Had a buddy let his gt sit for a while drive it and his rear-end went out.


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Old 01-01-2015, 06:59 AM   #7
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I park my car in the garage and under a cover. Overinflate the tires a little, battery tender, full tank with fuel stabilizer, not much else needed. Most people agree it is more detrimental to start the car on occasion and let it idle or for a quick drive around the block. This doesn't get all the fluids up to temp and will cause rusting within the exhaust system. Unless you drive it say 10-20 miles or so then its best to leave it parked.
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If you don't have a garage it really should be driven. If it's outside at least cover it and bring the battery inside and keep it on a trickle charger and make sure the car has a full tank of gas with stabil.
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If you don't have a garage it really should be driven. If it's outside at least cover it and bring the battery inside and keep it on a trickle charger and make sure the car has a full tank of gas with stabil.

I would recommend a battery tender over a trickle charger. I had a trickle charger cook a battery a few years back. Came home and found the battery in one of my cars smoking.


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I meant tender. I know they are different. I ran a $12 interwebs special for years with no issues.
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I meant tender. I know they are different. I ran a $12 interwebs special for years with no issues.

Yeah, I use the Deltran Battery Tender Junior. Inexpensive and safe.


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Old 01-05-2015, 03:11 PM   #12
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Ya its in my garage just haven't started it for awhile so I was worried

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I have used a full tank of gas, stabil, overfill the tires a little, park on old carpet squares, disconnect the battery and have had no issues parking it now for 4 seasons. Still on the same battery I bought it with 4 years ago. Just clean it off from time to time with spray detailer as I'm in the market for a new car cover

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And usually a fresh oil change if it needs one. And change it again in early spring after getting it on the road again.

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Old 01-05-2015, 09:33 PM   #15
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I'm start it tommorw anything I should do before I start it

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I'm start it tommorw anything I should do before I start it

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If you start it drive it.

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Old 01-05-2015, 11:44 PM   #17
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Yeah if your going to start it periodically I would drive it for 10 miles at least to let everything get to temp. All fluids etc to temp. It's better to get them ready, park them and start them in the spring. I've always heard it is better to just let them sit anyway depending on how long etc.

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My 95 Cobra and 98 GT both sat from pretty much Nov-March/April every year without being started. As long as the proper prep is done, its better just to leave them on a tender with a tank full of stabil'd fuel. I would even put them up on jackstands to unload the suspension and keep the tires from getting flat spots.
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Well its been sitting for 3 months cuase there's snow I can't drive it still to deep of snow but can't I start it

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Buddy told me seals could dry up and I'm just rly worries

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Go ahead and start if you want to. It will be fine, let it run long enough to get up to temp. I dont think it has been sitting long enough to cause everything to shrink

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---------- Post added at 05:19 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:19 PM ----------

Or dry up

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Go ahead and start if you want to. It will be fine, let it run long enough to get up to temp. I dont think it has been sitting long enough to cause everything to shrink

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I was always under the impression if you can't drive it after starting it it is better to just let it sit.

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I was always under the impression if you can't drive it after starting it it is better to just let it sit.

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Yes me too. But if he is insistent on starting it then so be it. If you see my previous posts you will see I mentioned the same thing. If he starts it once in the middle I'm sure it won't cause any earth shattering issues, Also if he doesn't start it either it won't. Everyone may be being overly critical at this point on this specific thread.

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Yes me too. But if he is insistent on starting it then so be it. If you see my previous posts you will see I mentioned the same thing. If he starts it once in the middle I'm sure it won't cause any earth shattering issues, Also if he doesn't start it either it won't. Everyone may be being overly critical at this point on this specific thread.

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Touche my good sir. Op do what you want

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