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Old 10-09-2015, 12:01 PM   #1
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Time to put her in hybernation

This will be my first time putting a car away over the winter. I'm planing on putting her away in November and taking her out in May. My plan is not to start it up. I have a custom fitted breathable cover for it. What do I need to do before I do this? Is it ok that it sits for 6 months without moving or starting her up?
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I forgot to mention that's it's gonna be in a non heated garage and the temp gets into single digits..


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I'm not sure but I would at least disconnect the battery not sure about the fuel though
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what I do for 3/4 months detached unheated in CT

put in Stable (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.
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PA and storage for 6 months? I would wait till thxsgiving and hope to take it out for St Pats unless early/late snows. I bought a set of take-off Nero's for cold months as I don't want to run summer onlys in the cold. I try not to put mine away till I have to (first snow) and have had it out for Valentines day during a mild winter.
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what I do for 3/4 months detached unheated in CT

put in Stable (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.

All sounds good. Thanks for all the tips.


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Watch those flat spots if you have sticky tires. On my buddies Pacecar (Camaro) it got flat spots on the OEM tires which was noticeable after sitting for less than a month. I have seen many people store the cars off the ground, on jacks.

I agree on the vroom vroom noises.... lol
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Flat spots are a thing of the past. I mean after all they sit in the same spot on dealer lots for months at a time.
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Dealer cars don't sit in the same spot. Dealers completely cycle inventory every month for that very reason. That way there aren't a bunch of ruined tires and dead batteries. I was a new car inventory manager for five years and I used to hate trying to get everyone together to move cars around. Especially when you have 600 cars on the lot


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Tires off the ground, tank full of fresh fuel,battery tender, and soft breathable cover. See you in the spring.
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This thread makes me sad.

How about move somewhere you can drive it all year
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This thread makes me sad.

How about move somewhere you can drive it all year

Look man, not everyone can live in Cali.


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I'm right behind you...will be putting her away in about a month
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Flat spots are not a thing of the past.... If you don't believe us on it then leave your car sitting for a while, then go for a drive after 6 months... You will feel them.
I drive all year round so I am good!
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Well even us VA guys can drive them year round.
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This thread makes me sad.

How about move somewhere you can drive it all year

I'm not about to sell my business and move my family across the country just yet.. I always wanted to go to San Diego !!!✈️


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Tires off the ground, tank full of fresh fuel,battery tender, and soft breathable cover. See you in the spring.

What's a battery tender? I thought by just unhooking it was good enough.


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

put in Stable (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
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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.

Is there a particular stable I should use?


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Battery tender just tends to you battery while you have it plugged up to the car. They can be found at home depot or : Deltran Battery Tender
My neighbor has a "few" of the 10 bank models for his collection they haven't let him down yet. I keep this one around and hooked to the golfcart: Battery Tender® 5A Power Tender Series High Efficiency
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Battery tender just tends to you battery while you have it plugged up to the car. They can be found at home depot or : Deltran Battery Tender
My neighbor has a "few" of the 10 bank models for his collection they haven't let him down yet. I keep this one around and hooked to the golfcart: Battery Tender® 5A Power Tender Series High Efficiency

That's cool... I couldn't use that if I wants to. There's no outlets where I'm storing my car.


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Then I suggest taking your batter out and putting it on a tender.
Keeps the cells irritated and you battery will last much longer.


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Then I suggest taking your batter out and putting it on a tender.
Keeps the cells irritated and you battery will last much longer.


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Gotcha..thanks for the input


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The fuel conditioner to protect the injectors and gas is ''Sta-Bil'' in case somebody is confused... Mine is going into storage next week - and I am going to Florida with the Santa Fe. Cannot use the Stang, too much gear plus one big cat!
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Flat spots are not a thing of the past.... If you don't believe us on it then leave your car sitting for a while, then go for a drive after 6 months... You will feel them.
My car sits from Now to May. All my Mustangs have. Guess what? No flat spots.
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My car sits from Now to May. All my Mustangs have. Guess what? No flat spots.
Every car I have had has gotten flat spots if it has sat more than a 2 weeks. Maybe it has to do with humidity (Gulf Coast). Guess it depends on the tire as well.
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Sta-bil..thx for the learning. Unless you run ethanol don't worry. Use the funnel in your trunk or it'll spill on the ground as the capless system needs it to open the flap. If you don't have electricity I would remove the battery and keep it in your basement or garage and either get a tender or do what I do with a charger. w/o insulting be carefull if you use any type of charger as battery's can give off explosive gasses.

flat spots after two weeks? I'm shocked at that. I like my method of cardboard and extra air and have had good luck with it. I don't remember getting flat spots, if I do they even out after a couple of miles.
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Oh yeah, BlkBtty, what did you type that got translated into irritated?
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Well I meant exactly that. Could be a better word for it but basically keeps the battery internals alive rather then sitting with a charge.


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I use a battery tender on my Harley's as well as the Mustang in the down season. Just replaced the factory battery on my softail this year and it's an '08. Didn't need to but figured it has served its time so I replaced it.


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Why are we putting these away for Winter? I didn't get the memo. I mean, it's just a Ford Mustang. Because it has rear wheel drive?
Drive that thing!
And really?.....Pennsylvania?
Here's Northern NH....and it didn't explode or rust and fall apart.
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Why are we putting these away for Winter? I didn't get the memo. I mean, it's just a Ford Mustang. Because it has rear wheel drive?

Drive that thing!

And really?.....Pennsylvania?

Here's Northern NH....and it didn't explode or rust and fall apart.

I have other vehicles I can drive. Stang is a weekend warrior. It'll keep the miles low too. Is it just a mustang? If I wanted a Ferrari I would buy one but I bought this. I wouldn't treat them any diff. I like to show my kids how to appreciate things and take care of them whether something cost $1 or $100k.


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^ if u saw what we had the last 2 years as far as winter u wouldn't question pa...


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I just can't fathom owning a car that's not collectible or classic and storing for 5 months or so while still making payments or at the very least, insuring it. It will get dirty but it can be cleaned. It will not rust or fall apart any more or less than my wife's Fusion. It does have rear drive but didn't all cars just a few years ago? The police managed just fine for decades in Crown Victoria's.
It's like the Hardcore bikers today. $20k Harley that never gets ridden if it's wet outside. All the Harley biker clothes but only rides to bike nights. Like Some famous Shelby dude said.....these cars are meant to be driven.
Who are you saving it for? The next owner? Life ends before you have time to object.
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I just can't fathom owning a car that's not collectible or classic and storing for 5 months or so while still making payments or at the very least, insuring it. It will get dirty but it can be cleaned. It will not rust or fall apart any more or less than my wife's Fusion. It does have rear drive but didn't all cars just a few years ago? The police managed just fine for decades in Crown Victoria's.
It's like the Hardcore bikers today. $20k Harley that never gets ridden if it's wet outside. All the Harley biker clothes but only rides to bike nights. Like Some famous Shelby dude said.....these cars are meant to be driven.
Who are you saving it for? The next owner? Life ends before you have time to object.

I'm planning on keeping the car till my kids can enjoy it and that's quite aways yet. So to me it makes sense to Store it in the winter. Also this is one of many cars I would like to have and enjoy for a long time. It's not something that I will trade in for another.


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