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Old 02-14-2015, 05:25 AM   #1
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How often should she be run

As the title says I'm just trying to figure out what is best for my 2014 GT. Due to my work schedule my car sits unused a majority of the time. I have had the car for 7 months and have 4800 miles now with a few road trips on it. My question is how often should the car be started and run to keep from any negative effects.


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As the title says I'm just trying to figure out what is best for my 2014 GT. Due to my work schedule my car sits unused a majority of the time. I have had the car for 7 months and have 4800 miles now with a few road trips on it. My question is how often should the car be started and run to keep from any negative effects.


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If you do start it make sure to actually drive it. Don't Just let it sit running.

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I have heard from mechanics once a week, up to operating temperature, 8-10 miles. This will warm up the engine oil, along with the transmission and differential fluid.
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I believe I have read the answer to that question in the manual. More than 30 days it should be put into storage mode. But it's more specific in the manual. Take a look.


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My 14GT has 3800 miles its sits for months at a time. It is garage kept and it sits on a 8x16 pcs of carpet. I keep it covered and have a battery tinder on it always. The car can sit for as long as you want but just like it was being used everyday it still needs too be maintained. I use lucas oil stabilizer and plenty of seafaom in the tank.
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I've stored car for many years. Generally from Nov. to the following April. Also mine are in either unheated trailer or garage. About all I do is change oil before storage(run it so its circulated). FULL of fresh fuel. Put a battery tender on it. And I jack it up So the tires are off the ground. If stored on concrete floor lay a tarp down first as a vapor barrier. I also have the car covered(not with plastic though).Starting while stored in cold weather is a bad idea. Just let it sit. Have never had a problem.
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I appreciate all the replies. I have never driven a car so little. I used to put over 20k a year on my vehicles and never had it sit for more than a day.


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Everyone has pretty much covered everything. A fuel stabilizer is a good idea if you leave it for months at a time and to keep the tires inflated and off the ground is good.
The worst part about starting a motor up that has sat for awhile is the oil has drained away from most of the wear surfaces and those first few revolutions are the hardest. I had drag race only cars for over 35 years and because some of the motors were in the $15/20k range I had "pre-oilers"/oil accumulators on every motor. This way the motor is pressurized with oil before you ever turn it over...............sure saves bearings/rings/pistons but a little overkill for Mustang that only sits for short periods of time.
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I certainly agree about getting the weight off the tires. The new super sticky summer tires will flat spot slightly in about a half an hour after parking. I have AD08R's on an EVO 8 and my own hunter balancer. I had mounted these up on brand new rims, balanced and everything was fine. Car sits a lot (9K miles in 12 years), so took it out for a spin some time later and tires were horribly out of balance. Got better and better as tires warmed up.

After that I tried balancing fronts again as soon as tires were fully warmed up, they were still spot on. Let car sit for about 45 minutes and tried rears. They were already calling for another 1/4 to half ounce on both sides of rim.

Those are super sticky, so they are an extreme case, but I'd guess the stock summer tires they put on these days would not be too happy about sitting in one spot for 3-4 months over winter.

Thought about getting a set of these for cars driven little, but also want the ability to get in and go without jacking down car with weight off tires.
http://www.amazon.com/Race-Ramps-RR-.../dp/B003ZAGJAM

I would also recommend never taking a car with the new type summer tires somewhere to have them balanced. Heat them up real good by driving and immediately take them off the car. Put them in a truck or other car and drop them off to have them balanced.
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