09-15-2005, 08:47 PM
ok its kinda colder today in chicago.
i got to think'n, since my car will go into storage again this year and i have such heavy oil. here were someof my questions. oh my car will be garage kept at my grandmas spot.
the engine block heater that comes stock on my car how hot does that keep my motor?
can i keep it pluged in for say 4 months non stop?
can i pull my battery out and plug the heater in?
oil btw is 15W-50 Mobil 1
thanx in advance.
09-16-2005, 06:52 AM
Why would you leave a block heater plugged in if you're not driving the car for four months?
If anything, just unhook the battery and leave it be.
09-16-2005, 12:18 PM
You can go to some 5W30 for winter time but if the car is in storage it wont matter what oil is in the engine
09-16-2005, 01:57 PM
If I were storing a car for four months, at minimum I would get a bottle of Stabil and add it to the tank as I filled it up just before parking it. Then I'd pull the battery cable.
I'd worry about rodents damaging the car. Some folks claim putting some moth balls inside, and under the hood will keep critters away.
Lastly, if I could put the car up onto jack stands so the tires wouldn't flat spot, I'd do that as well. And then I'd throw a cover over it so it didn't get too dusty.(assuming it's inside)
09-16-2005, 04:29 PM
i put the sta-bil fuel stabilizer in the car last year ill do it again this year
i dont cover it cause i dont want to scratch the car i will just give it a quick rinse once winter is done.
i never had any rodent problems, but i should get maybe a few mouse traps i dunno if that will kill a rat but im sure it will piss a rat off enough not to come by my car again.
i can throw it up on jackstands that not an issue.
i was just worried if i was going to "gunk" my motor up with such heavy oil that was my only concern.
i usually go and turn the car on every few weeks and let the fluids circulate in the motor.
09-16-2005, 09:49 PM
I wouldn't raise the car on jackstands. It isn't good for the suspension, unless you somehow support it so the suspension isn't unloaded.
Remove the tires and set it on cinder blocks!
09-17-2005, 01:33 AM
No need to jack it up just for winter storage IMO.. The fuel sta-bil is great stuff, I use it on my antique bikes all thetime. The fuel is so crappy these days... No need to run the heater. Also, as Tom said, if it is being stored the thickness of the oil doesn't matter. However, it really doesn't matter much for a couple of months, but if storing it for longer periods it should have fresh oil in it, not used oil. I would put a charger on the battery once a month or two , if you have one. No need to risk buying a new battery in the spring!