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Old 11-02-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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Post your list. I'm curious as to what I should be doing to winterize.

My list so far:
-Run it 'till empty (No gas in the tank. I'm confused on this one, is this good or bad?)
-Drain whole cooling system. Again, good or bad?
-Doing nothing with the wheels and tires since I've got new ones. If they want to flat spot, I don't give a ****.
-I'll get a car cover for it and park on a tarp

Anything I'm missing/have wrong?
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:20 PM   #2
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I live in Kaleeforneeya and wtf is this
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Drunk already?
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leave fuel in the tank, at least 1/2 tank, add fuel stabilizer

if you have sufficient antifreeze in the cooling system, leave it in there and do nothing, if you dont have antifreeze in the cooling system, drain the radiator until it is empty, then fill with a 50/50 mix and run the engine until it is at operating temperature, and then a few minutes longer. Simply draining water will leave water in the block which can still freeze and do bad ****.

Make sure your tires are at the correct pressure. You can put the car on jackstands if you want, but it wont hurt the tires to stay on the ground.

Why the hell would you park on a tarp?

Car cover = good idea. Starting your car and letting it warm up to full operating temperature about once a month = better idea. Doing both = best idea. If storing your car under a car cover will prevent you from uncovering it and starting it monthly, I wouldn't do it.

Optional: Disconnect the battery if you're not going to start it monthly.

Bonus Points: Get a battery tender instead of disconnecting it.
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I second everything Fooger says, Fuel keeps your fuel pump lubricated. stabilizer will help the gas burn in months. Coolant also keeps system lubricated, Lubricate waterpump etc. Be sure your antifreeze is sufficient. Battery tender is right... I found a little solar unit... 50$$ keeps battery up. I would also unplug battery too. If def not moving it, Bring battery inside, keep at room temp. Freezing battery Killz battery.
Parking on a tarp will do nearly nothing Moisture will still be everywhere.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...1387_200411387

This looks like the **** for parking a car for long term, Really doesnt look that badm, and would last atleast 2 years normally.
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