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Old 10-19-2015, 09:26 AM   #1
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Tips for winter storage?

Hey all, planning to drive my 2013 GT only about once a week here in CT. any one around here knows it can get in to the teens for weeks on end
any one know if i need to use a battery tender for the 6 days a week im not driving?
any other winter storage tips?
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Personally I fill my cars with ethanol free fuel plus sta-bil for winter. If you are going to crank it at least pull around the block to try and remove condensation. Just cranking and sitting there let's moisture build up.
I think a battery tender is a good idea. I use it on my own vehicles.


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what I do for 3/4 months detached unheated in CT

put in Stabil (use the funnel!!!) than add premium to full. run for minimum of 10 minutes to distribute.
Clean car
I park on folded up cardboard with 5 extra psi. Flat spots are more from the past but easy/free
cover cowl intake and exhaust with painters tape (critters)
either a commercially available "Mouse Magic" or what I do is cotton balls with a mix of spearmint/peppermint oil (same as MM) replaced 1x month
leave hand brake off
either a battery tender or charge for a few hrs 1x month
I pull fuel pump relay/fuse before starting after storage to prime oil pump (I do NOT start during storage.
your OLM will count time during storage remember this and change oil accordingly. if it'll need it in January I would change it now.
cover it.

Make vroom vroom noises for 6 months.

most of this is not important but stable and battery are. Others won't do anything, others will drive all winter.

so you got it! Come for a shakedown cruise next weekend and meet your neighbors and have fun. PM either RoboStang or me. Look in the regional forum


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Hey all, planning to drive my 2013 GT only about once a week here in CT. any one around here knows it can get in to the teens for weeks on end
any one know if i need to use a battery tender for the 6 days a week im not driving?
any other winter storage tips?
thanks
Hey! Another Cheshire member! Welcome. Mud has a bunch of great suggestions so I won't repeat them. I do highly recommend a battery tender. I have one for both of my sunny day only cars.
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forgot to mention nothing needed if you drive it once a week...except restraint.
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Thank you everyone!
Mud, very thorough thanks buddy

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I want to continue driving at least once a week, but PA LOVES salting roads every snowfall, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I hate covering my 2015 convertible with salt.
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I'm under no false idea that my V6 will become valuable during what remains of my life time....but I would like it to look good for as long as I can. For those that say "just drive it it's only a Mustang" I understand but it's not like I have to walk to work in the winter I'm lucky enuf to also own other vehicles:

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I want to continue driving at least once a week, but PA LOVES salting roads every snowfall, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I hate covering my 2015 convertible with salt.
Regular trips through the touch free case wash should help. I go roughly every other week during the snowy times.
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That's true and we have one close by. I just need to get over trying to keep my car looking like new and just drive it!
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ya thankfully we have a touchless close by as well that will blast the undercarriage at some 3000 psi lol
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Just to ad to all this great info. Two yrs ago I found seeds everywhere in my engine compartment, winter food storage. I place Bounce fabric softner sheets now under the hood, about 7 in total at various locations. I'm told "Bounce" not the no-name brands only. Haven't had an issue since. And way cheaper than a cat....
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I also keep a mousetrap or two near the front of the garage to catch any critters that make their way in.
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Full tank of highest octane pump gas availalbe to you, stabil, battery tender, garaged, cheap $40 cover on it if its garaged. If you can, put it in the air on jackstands.
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oh yeah...forgot to add I bought a Burge semi-custom cover (size 3) made in USA from Wally Mart for <$75. You want it clean before covering it (scratches). I tend to clay bar 1x in spring after I take it out. I considered waxing it soon (will go in storage thxsgiving or so) but figure it'll be protected and it does have a decent coat on it already.

Remember the funnel with the capless filler system or you'll spill your Stabil
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Pffft, I never need a funnel for stabil. Just be quick and jam it in there.




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do you have the capless system?
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indeed i do
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Hey Big Spender, I was asking Scotty

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Lol no capless system. Im rocking it old school in my 2000 with the 1978 frame and Playskool interior. I can imagine a capless system could cause issues.
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