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I'm going to be storing my GTO in my garage for the winter. I haven't had a car worth not driving in the snow before so I'm looking for a few pointers on what to do before she sits for the long wisconsin winter. I plan on changing out all of the fluids beforehand and washing and waxing it the day it gets put away. I also plan on taking it for short drives if there are any dry days too make it possible so that the engine gets run atleast a few times. any other tips or tricks? I'm a noob but I'm trying to keep the car in as good a shape as possible.
 

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I'm going to be storing my GTO in my garage for the winter. I haven't had a car worth not driving in the snow before so I'm looking for a few pointers on what to do before she sits for the long wisconsin winter. I plan on changing out all of the fluids beforehand and washing and waxing it the day it gets put away. I also plan on taking it for short drives if there are any dry days too make it possible so that the engine gets run atleast a few times. any other tips or tricks? I'm a noob but I'm trying to keep the car in as good a shape as possible.
it's best to not drive it at all once you park it. if you want to do the whole enchilada you should; clean the car, change fluids, fill the gas tank and use StaBil and run it for a little bit to get that treated gas into the injectors, remove spark plugs and spray a little WD-40 in the hole and replace plugs, fill tires with 45#-50# pressure, remove the ground from the battery or get a battery tender 'cause the car will drain it dead in 2 weeks, take measures to keep mice out. they will find a way in and wreck the car. moth balls around the tires work, traps do too. i don't like D-Con as they can eat it, crawl in your car and die. don't leave the parking brake on and cover it and pray for a short winter. i've stored mine every year.
 

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awesome. thanks a lot guys I feel like I've pretty good idea of what to do. I'll make sure to head to the store at some point and pick up some stabil a universal car cover and a few mouse traps.

Another quick question is there anything special I should know for when it comes time to take her out or just reconnect the battery and be on my way?
 

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Well your not the only one putting it away for the winter as mine has been ready since late august.


:agree on the stabil do recommend that alot and yes it would be a good idea to put the car on jacks. M:cheersouse traps wonderful idea i got mine setup already.
 

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Wow! I didnt know about the dryer sheets Rukee i guess ill look into that.
What else would be good guys besides moth balls, regular mouse traps and glue traps.
 

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A car cover is a good idea. I only take my car out when there is no ice, snow, or road salt on the roadways just to drive it. When its sitting I put a car cover on it to protect it by keep dust, fingers and anything that may be set on the car. Every few weeks I will put the battery tender on it to keep the battery from discharging past the point of no return.
 

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I pull it in the garage, shut er off and walk away till spring..........thats it.
you can do that and maybe get away with it. i can tell you tho that gas goes bad after a couple of months and can develop a gummy stuff and mess up your injectors. i know of two people that have had mice wreck their cars and you will get some rust in the cylinders. you'll also be buying a new battery a lot sooner than you should. just because you've gotten away with it doesn't make it the prudent thing to do. good luck with it.
 

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it's best to not drive it at all once you park it. if you want to do the whole enchilada you should; clean the car, change fluids, fill the gas tank and use StaBil and run it for a little bit to get that treated gas into the injectors, remove spark plugs and spray a little WD-40 in the hole and replace plugs, fill tires with 45#-50# pressure, remove the ground from the battery or get a battery tender 'cause the car will drain it dead in 2 weeks, take measures to keep mice out. they will find a way in and wreck the car. moth balls around the tires work, traps do too. i don't like D-Con as they can eat it, crawl in your car and die. don't leave the parking brake on and cover it and pray for a short winter. i've stored mine every year.


i wouldnt fill the gas tank, id try to leave as little as possible in there. seeing as how your not gonna drive it for the winter, the gas is gonna go bad anyways. but for different times of the year we get different gas at the pump, i dont mean octane or anything, i mean actual types of gas. for summer they give us a different blend, then winter, it keeps our cars running right, so you wouldnt want winter fuel when its spring again or anything like that.

also go to radio shack pick up the connector to a 9v battery and a ciggarette lighter thing and u solder them together and put the min the hole and leave it there so u wont lose any of your preset radio stations or memory that the ecu has in its rom
 

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if you use stabil your gas will be fine to use in the Spring...I like and use the Battery Tender, leave the battery cables connected...and Dryer Sheets idea sounds great...
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you can do that and maybe get away with it. i can tell you tho that gas goes bad after a couple of months and can develop a gummy stuff and mess up your injectors. i know of two people that have had mice wreck their cars and you will get some rust in the cylinders. you'll also be buying a new battery a lot sooner than you should. just because you've gotten away with it doesn't make it the prudent thing to do. good luck with it.
Been doing it for years with any car I store for the winter. Have never had 1 single issue......and been doing this for over 10yrs.
 

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This might sound dumb, but for the dryer sheets will they work better if there used? Aloso how meany would you need. can i suff them in the engine comparment? I dont really know what type of chemicals are really in them.
 
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