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Winter storage: to start or not to start?

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  1. Klaus

    Klaus Premium Member Premium Member Established Member

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    My shelby is sitting in my garage for the winter. To cure my seasonal depression I will fire it up from time to time for a tease. Bad idea? I have heard this can foam the oil and it is better to let it sit all winter.
     
  2. DAVESVT2000

    DAVESVT2000 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Me personally, I never start my cars.

    full tank of gas, some StaBil, a bottle of dry gas, and put the battery on a trickle charger.
     
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  3. sleek98

    sleek98 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I fire mine up once or twice. Usually it’s to move it Out from under the 4 post so I can change oil in the other cars.
     
  4. sonicx

    sonicx Norwegian Northman Established Member

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    If you’re up north, in snow county then most important thing to do is park it on a plastic tarp or similar. If you don't, Moisture could and eventually will radiate out of the concrete and rust the underside of your vehicle.

    Now per your question, my thought process is of this; Assuming it’s a cold engine you’re gonna get fuel dilution (blow by/moisture in the crankcase). Again assuming that you’re only gonna run it for a few minute. Based on only a few revs/moments (that’s a no.no.) as the few minutes of run time isn’t long enough for the engine to get hot enough to evaporate what needed out. If you’re gonna pop it off, and leave drive it around the block.

    Me? stabil, non ethanol fuel, over inflate tires, and ctek battery tender, sitting on a plastic tarp..... Boom done.
     
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  5. Weather Man

    Weather Man Persistance Is A Bitch Established Member

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    If you have to start, let it get all the up to operating temp. Brief start and stop is the worst.
     
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  6. 03cobra#694

    03cobra#694 Want to play a game? Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Yep
     
  7. Tifosi2003GT

    Tifosi2003GT Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I just gas it up, bottle Lucas octane boost, tender, cover and forget it.. Just like my ducati
     
  8. *Jay*

    *Jay* Tweeker by trade Established Member

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    A can of Seafoam, car cover, some desiccant inside and start it in spring.
     
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  9. PhoenixM3

    PhoenixM3 Hello Kitty Slayer Established Member

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    Not sure I’d use Seafoam and not immediately change the oil. Is there a Seafoam gas treatment?
     
  10. *Jay*

    *Jay* Tweeker by trade Established Member

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    Seafoam in the gas not the crankcase, dont think Ive ever used it in the oil to be honest.
     
  11. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    This. Doesn't hurt to run it, but let it get up to temp.
     
  12. Coosawjack

    Coosawjack Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Even when the engine gets up to temp the exhaust doesn't and it will be loaded with water.......ya need to drive it or just let it sit IMHO!!:cool:
     
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  13. 1 Alibi 2

    1 Alibi 2 If not today, when ?????? Established Member

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    Have not & won't store it for the winter.
    There are times when there no snow & no salt, to get it out for a drive..
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