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Old 10-25-2005, 12:33 PM   #1
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WINTER storage?

hey guys, hope everyones doing well. here's the deal. i've never been in the position where i had a really really new car to store in the winter... i've stored cars in the winter, but they were all from the early 90's and it didn't really matter as much as my svt. so, if i could get some of you great veterans on here to lend me some winter storage tips for my beloved svt focus, i'd appreciate it! rock the focus...


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Old 10-25-2005, 02:34 PM   #2
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oil change, maybe flush the radiator, unhook the battery (maybe even remove it completly so something doesn't accidently happen), and put her in storage (cover her too to keep all the grimy dust off).
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You probably want a full tank of gas and some gasoline stablizer too.
But seriously the best thing would be if you could drive it every so often.
Cars do like to be run!
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Old 10-25-2005, 08:18 PM   #4
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Hmmm... I heard a story once where someone purchased a brand new car, stored it almost immediately, and never thought of checking up on it. They were hoping to get some money by having a low mileage, mint condition car. Their car was covered in rust...

Never stored a car, but I'd be worried about scratches and dents when you pick it up. Hmmm... I'd also check out underneath the hood when you pick it up. You never know if something ate away the filter or decided to nest on top of the engine!
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Old 10-26-2005, 06:28 AM   #5
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so far, i've been told to put clean oil in it, put plastic underneath on top of the cement (something about condensation building up underneath), a full cover with breathing vents.
if you're NOT driving it every so often, i've been told to start it, and let it warm up completely and run for like a half hour or so, every couple of weeks minimum... i think i will be driving it once a month at least, whenever the roads look the clearest, and then i'll wash it right away and put it back. i sure would like to fully test these pzero's in some snow to see just how good the winter traction is!

speaking of tires, one person even told me that you should elevate the car off the ground to avoid flat spotting in the tires? now, this seems a little unnecessary to me. i'd rather NOT have my car on jack stands for 3 months ya know? i've got good tires with reinforced sidewalls and what not, so i'm not gonna worry about that. my buddy stores his 99 stang gt convt. every year and has no probs with the tires when we take it out for the first thrashing of the season.

keep it coming guys, i'll take any advice i can get into consideration!
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tool man, you're in sheboygan? have you driven your car in these crap wisconsin winters? just wondering how many seasons you've been through, and if you noticed any extra wear or rust underneath... it just looks so damn pretty under there, i'd love to keep it that way!
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If it were me I would put the car on jack stands to avoid flat spotting even if your buddy's stang hasn't had problems. Just to be safe you know.
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The goat mobile is getting put up on stands, covered, battery unhooked, oil change, fuel stabilizer and covered. Some rodent poison around the storage area will also be put out.
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I can't afford to store my car It's my daily driver and I can't afford two cars. I just have to be careful with her out on the road and park in remote spaces at walmart and other various parking lots where idiots like to open their doors and bang the crap out of other cars.
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Old 10-26-2005, 01:09 PM   #10
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thanks roper, think i might just do the same.

off topic--- i hate you to death for getting to ride in that rs8... man, i've watched that video a billion friggin times dude... i'm just jealous.

Wisconsin, represent!!!
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