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Old 05-30-2010, 06:32 PM   #1
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Hey y'all, its been a while since my last post.

Here is the deal- College is just around the corner for me, and I am sad to say that I do not think I'll be taking the Stang with me. I won't really need a car on campus and Utah winters are a bit brutal. I'd feel much better keeping my car in Texas for the winter in a garage.

So, what all do I need to do to store my car?
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Hey y'all, its been a while since my last post.

Here is the deal- College is just around the corner for me, and I am sad to say that I do not think I'll be taking the Stang with me. I won't really need a car on campus and Utah winters are a bit brutal. I'd feel much better keeping my car in Texas for the winter in a garage.

So, what all do I need to do to store my car?
Do you have someone back home to look after it for you? You(they) should start it up at least once a week. If its in a garage, it should pretty much take care of itself.
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As said, the best thing is to have it started once a week to keep lines fresh and fluids moving thru.

I'm guessing it doesn't get too cold in Texas, but it's still best to keep a full tank of gas damn near to the end of the line to prevent condensation. Check tire pressure and make sure it's at the appropriate level, wouldn't want to come back to a car with flats. Also, if it is going to sit for extended periods of time without start ups I'd suggest disconnecting the battery.

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Also make sure your interior is clean and free of anything that might attract animals or mice...putting some moth balls around the car NOT in the car will help deter them. Before leaving the car (sad day) check fluids, wiring and window trim to make sure everything's in top shape.

Give the car a good wash and treat your black plastic pieces to help prevent cracking while the car is sitting. Also throw some tire wet on the sidewalls to do the same.

And make sure your steering rack (wheels) is/are straight when you park the car...don't leave the wheels turned at any degree or it might cause damage to the steering rack.
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hahaha its really not that hard to disconnect the battery. thanks so much for the info
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some put their cars on stands to keep the tires from going bad~ your gas will need to be taken care of so it doesnt go bad, and a few other things~
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what needs to happen with the gas?
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what needs to happen with the gas?
Your best bet is to run the car down to empty (use up the gas that's been in the car for some time) then buy fuel stabilizer and mix it with a new tank of fuel.

This will help prevent 2 major things from happening.

1) Oxidation of the fuel...leads to gum and varnish deposits in your lines.
2) Condensation from forming...leads to water contamination in your fuel = bad mojo. Best way to avoid that is to fill up.
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Your best bet is to run the car down to empty (use up the gas that's been in the car for some time) then buy fuel stabilizer and mix it with a new tank of fuel.

This will help prevent 2 major things from happening.

1) Oxidation of the fuel...leads to gum and varnish deposits in your lines.
2) Condensation from forming...leads to water contamination in your fuel = bad mojo. Best way to avoid that is to fill up.
If i do this, should i still have someone start it up once a week? if so, how long should they run it? (they will NOT be driving it. they are my grandparents, and i would not trust them with my car)
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Still not a bad idea to crank it fairly often. I normally try and crank the cars about once a month when they're sitting. Cobra's been sitting close to a month now and the 90 for closer to 3 without being started..not good ideas but I do what I gotta lol.
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Still not a bad idea to crank it fairly often. I normally try and crank the cars about once a month when they're sitting. Cobra's been sitting close to a month now and the 90 for closer to 3 without being started..not good ideas but I do what I gotta lol.
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Modular engines need to be cranked every week if at all possible
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Modular engines need to be cranked every week if at all possible
It's sat longer lol. I actually worried about the gas last time.
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