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Old 10-20-2014, 09:04 PM   #1
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How to winterize your Mustangs

Heys guys, as you maybe all know we here in Canada cold winters are bangins our doors, so I'm getting ready to store my baby for the winter. Since it s the first time I was wondering if any of you guys do anything special to your Mustang before letting her sleep for 6 months ?

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store ur stang? y????? move to California


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Full tank of gas. Battery tender. That's how I did it with my gt500
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You might need gas stabilizer (I guess that's what its called?) if you're going to leave it standing still for long. Start her + leave it running for a few mins (if you're going to store it in your garage), and maybe move it around to avoid flat spots on your tires.

Or better yet, put a good set of winter tires on and keep that baby purrrrring

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How to winterize your Mustangs

Get a battery tender. Either put it up on jack stands or over inflate the tires (make sure to set them to the proper pressure before you take it back out). Put mothballs underneath the car and stuff socks in the mufflers or put the socks over the mufflers. Wash and wax it really good. Get a car cover. Change the oil. While at the gas station, right before you pump the gas, pour in a bottle of fuel stabilizer then fill up.

And finally, don't start it until you're going to drive it. It's better to do one dry start than multiple ones.

Plus you'd have to undo and redo everything to start the car.

When you do restart the car make sure to take the socks out of the mufflers. Ask me how I know... Also, let it run for a few minutes. Let it get up to operating temp before you drive off.

Finally, most importantly, go and stare longingly at it every once in a while and pray for the warm weather to come back.
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Heys guys, as you maybe all know we here in Canada cold winters are bangins our doors, so I'm getting ready to store my baby for the winter. Since it s the first time I was wondering if any of you guys do anything special to your Mustang before letting her sleep for 6 months ?

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Start by packing up your house and moving somewhere warmer. Not a beach b/c the sand/salt will kill your paint and underbody. Next don't change anything. You'll be in a better place.
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This is the reason I love living in Texas, don't have to worry about all this lol. But from what I've read on different threads about ppl setting up for winter, VIG is pretty much on point.

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this is what I do in my unattached garage in CT:

I store it cleaned with a cover
Put in 40 psi in tires
A full tank of premium, add Stable before filling to help mix it Be sure to use the funnel in trunk to add Stable!!!
Go for a 1/2 hr drive to help get stable through your fuel system.
I don't have a tender so I hook up a charger 1x month for a few hrs (do NOT over charge)
I park on cardboard approx 1/2" thick (flat spotting) this is not important but free!
If it'll need an oil change consider doing it first.
Cover exhaust tips and cowl intake with painters tape (mice)
I put peppermint & spearmint oil on cotton balls renew 1x month (mice) they sell this as mouse magic? at the farm store but it's cheaper to make your own.
When I go to start it (and I wait till spring) as mentioned remove tape
I also pull the fuel pump relay or fuse and let it crank for two 10 second start cycles to re-distrubute oil at 1st start up...
It's a good time for mods!

remember your oil life meter will count in storage.
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Start by packing up your house and moving somewhere warmer. Not a beach b/c the sand/salt will kill your paint and underbody. Next don't change anything. You'll be in a better place.
The beach is nice. I live on a sand street. Just be prepared to wash your car down daily and have a garage

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Ok sandy beach are nice ! I could always drive it down to my florida house for winter and leave it there for winter,,but I have a garage here too..so In Will store it here.

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Ok sandy beach are nice ! I could always drive it down to my florida house for winter and leave it there for winter,,but I have a garage here too..so In Will store it here.

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Fuel stabilizer, engine fogging oil spray, I put rubber matts under carpet under the tires....and of course a cover for the car. Run the car like mentioned after putting the stabilizer in the fuel and spray the engine fogger in the intake, remove air filter while doing this.......most important if your going to try to be like a Canadian....its.....EH.....not ey


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Hope no one took offense to previous...I was just joking about the Canadian thing.....EH


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The owners manual says to move itabout 25 feet every 15 days. Something to do with lubrication.
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Heys guys, as you maybe all know we here in Canada cold winters are bangins our doors, so I'm getting ready to store my baby for the winter. Since it s the first time I was wondering if any of you guys do anything special to your Mustang before letting her sleep for 6 months ?

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Heys guys, as you maybe all know we here in Canada cold winters are bangins our doors, so I'm getting ready to store my baby for the winter. Since it s the first time I was wondering if any of you guys do anything special to your Mustang before letting her sleep for 6 months ?

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Canadian resident from the greater toronto area, i just winterized mine today. Full tank of gas with stabilizer, undercoat, washed it real good inside and out, tarp underneath, parked it on foam mats and pulled the battery out (try and steal that sheeiiit, i dare ya lol)
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Other than parking the car on foam matts with carpet on top.....is there any possibility of flat spotting the tires when leaving the car in one spot for a extended time frame. Should the car be moved every 25 days (like the owners manual recommends)?

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How to winterize your Mustangs

My issue with moving the car every so often is because rather than doing one start after all of the oil has dripped down the heads and all the way down to the oil pan, you're doing it multiple times. Rather than just doing it once when you start the car back up for the season.

This is just one of many reasons I disagree with restarting the car every so often.

Also, bdog, I'd slightly over inflate the tires. Maybe 40psi. That will help. Just make sure to even it back out before you go for your first drive come spring.
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Other than parking the car on foam matts with carpet on top.....is there any possibility of flat spotting the tires when leaving the car in one spot for a extended time frame. Should the car be moved every 25 days (like the owners manual recommends)?

So far I've filled it up with premium...put stabilizer in the tank....hooked up a battery tender....and have a three layer dust cover on it... It's also parked in a garage...Attachment 170986


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Mine was parked on concrete with a tarp underneath last winter and i couldnt notice any flat spots
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My issue with moving the car every so often is because rather than doing one start after all of the oil has dripped down the heads and all the way down to the oil pan, you're doing it multiple times. Rather than just doing it once when you start the car back up for the season.

This is just one of many reasons I disagree with restarting the car every so often.

Also, bdog, I'd slightly over inflate the tires. Maybe 40psi. That will help. Just make sure to even it back out before you go for your first drive come spring.

+1 dont start it unless youre takin it for a drive, youll be doin more harm than good
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Bdog, flat spots are more of an old time thing. As I suggested extra air in tires and I park on folded up cardboard. but that's only cause it is cheap and easy. I saw someone asking about $250 tire blocks and was thinking they were more willing to spend $ than I was. If on the slight chance your tires develop a flat spot it'll go away in a few miles.
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Thx all.....great info....I've heard about the inflation to 40 psi...thx again


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My issue with moving the car every so often is because rather than doing one start after all of the oil has dripped down the heads and all the way down to the oil pan, you're doing it multiple times. Rather than just doing it once when you start the car back up for the season.

This is just one of many reasons I disagree with restarting the car every so often.

Also, bdog, I'd slightly over inflate the tires. Maybe 40psi. That will help. Just make sure to even it back out before you go for your first drive come spring.
If you are using synthetic oil or a synthetic blend, this is not an issue.
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I question the not starting it at all until spring idea, not saying its wrong though. The reason being is, in my circumstance with a heated garage, things shouldn't sit for months on end without any movement. Example, I got lazy with my winter car that has run great for the past three winters, but this year I didn't start it at all for the entire summer. When I started it at the end and of November the alternator was completely seized. Just my 2ยข. People here(Montreal) have to start their cars at -20 sometimes which IMO is much harder on a car than starting it every week or so and letting it run for 15 to 20 minutes in a heated or semi heated garage that will help prevent bearings etc from potential problems in the spring. Can't speak for a non heated garage though this is only for heated.

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