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Old 07-09-2012, 07:03 AM   #1
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to store in the winter or not to....

That is the question!

Winters can be rough.....not really sure if I should keep her off the roads this winter or not? opinions, advice...
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It's a good idea to not drive your mustang in the winter. Not only is it not good for your car, it can be very difficult to drive with the rear wheel drive. Not saying that it can't be done but it is definitely nowhere near as safe as driving a vehicle with front wheel or four wheel drive.
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Re: to store in the winter or not to....

I would in that harsh German winter......
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Store it! I will be
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:02 AM   #5
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Re: to store in the winter or not to....

so to store it what are some things i need to do in preparation? I know just parking your car for a few months isnt that great either.
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I'll never store my car because it doesn't snow in south Texas! And if it does, give it a few minutes. Lol

I wonder when you snow bunnies store your cars do you put it up on jack stands to keep the tires from developing flat spots? Or is this not an issue?
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Re: to store in the winter or not to....

Well being from Illinois, I was going to start a thread sooner or later in this regards. I see everybody so far is for storing. What about still driving it with a set of snow tires on it? I mean, I do have heated seats...
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If you are going to store it overinflate the tires a bit and add a fuel stabilizer on a full tank. Always store on a full tank...

When you get it back out change fluids and take it easy that first tank of gas
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Re: to store in the winter or not to....

I drove my 2006 - with a supercharger - year round in SE Michigan. Lots of snow, sleet, hail, rain and sun. Never had a problem with it. It had 203,000 miles on it when I sold it last month and if you were under it on a lift there wasn't any rust.

Really winter driving with RWD is not that big a deal.

Now this new car I will be storing for the winter, but not because "it is impossible to drive in the winter". Only to keep the mileage down on this one. I commute 45 miles one way to work and my wife suggested that I get something for the winter and not put as many miles on this one. And the winter time in the garage will give me time to finish fabricating the turbo and have it ready to go in the spring.

Now to find an inexpensive pickup in decent shape - decided it would be handy to have one as the third vehicle for those times where I need to get a load of wood from Lowes, and to take my granddaughters junior dragster to the track. Couldn't fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood in the Mustang or in my wifes MKZ. Good thing one of my friends came by last Saturday and happened to come in his truck!
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If you decide to store it, be careful if you also decide to cover it. My car was stored by the previous owner mostly through the winter. He would cover it, but there is pits in the clear coat where moisture got inside, condensed or the dolt covered it while it was wet. Not cool
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Re: to store in the winter or not to....

The only reason I'm parking it during winter months (I'll actually drive it if the road is clean) isn't because of snow. I'm trying to avoid rust from the darn salt. If I lived in an area where they used sand, I wouldn't care. If you drive in anything but a dusting, get some snow tires and take it easy.
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The only reason I'm parking it during winter months (I'll actually drive it if the road is clean) isn't because of snow. I'm trying to avoid rust from the darn salt. If I lived in an area where they used sand, I wouldn't care. If you drive in anything but a dusting, get some snow tires and take it easy.
Yeah the salt is what concerns me. I watched it destroy my other 2 cars. Ughhhh
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Re: to store in the winter or not to....

You should see my Grand Prix. It was originally from Ohio and it's pretty bad off. I've already had to replace some brake lines due to rust and the rockers are in bad shape. I don't want my baby to end up like that.
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I feel you. My Honda was totaled by a drunk driver. For body damage only. The cost out here was wayyy to much to fix so the insurance company totaled it. But I rebuilt the whole left side. Once I started looking inside and at the under carriage I decided to cut my losses and sell. The salt over 3 winters takes a toll.
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Re: to store in the winter or not to....

I tell you guys about my Grand Prix... but I never show. I'm somehow attracted to rare/different colors. Some by chance, like this Grand Prix. It's pink... and I hot rodded it. In the pic to the left, you can see a bit of my black Grand Prix. Here she's missing her projectors and fogs since I just reinstalled the bumper (was doing some body work).



The engine bay...



Anyway, there's my baby that's rusting away from underneath.
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Re: to store in the winter or not to....

Im storing mine, heres what ill be doing


-will be in a garage
-use my covercraft cover that allows moisture to escape, form fitted to the car (the custom fit one on AM) it works great, stops rain and dew but releives moisture.
-putting all 4 corners up on jack stands to prevent flat spots in tires
-putting socks on exhaust tips to prevent insects and rodents from entering, red tags hanging out so i dont forget to remove them
-battery trickle charger
-fuel stablizer
-fresh oil change
-vaseline all rubber mouldings and weather stripping to prevent sticking and cracking
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