What do you use to winterize?

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  1. gtgto

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    Marvel Mystery oil in the gas tank and oil? Does anyone use seafoam? Which is better to winterize your prized possession? Also I hear many things people use to keep mice away. Peppermint oil? Bounce dryer sheets? Moth balls? This will be the first winter for my car with its newly upholstered seats and new rug.
     
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    It would be best to have it in a building that is rodent proof. I dont fall into all of that "putting it on jack stands bit" ethenol free gas will last through the winter. At least mine does.
     
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      The heated garage..
       
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      • missing linc

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        Ethanol free fuel, some fuel stabilizer, good wash and cover, I've been using Bounce sheets for years, both in cars parked indoors and out, never had any rodent issues. I put one under each mat, and 2 or 3 in the trunk. Known some people that put oil in the cylinders nut never felt the need, just makes it harder to get it back up and running in the spring. Have put jackstands under on some occasions, but no longer use them. Have also used tire skates to make it easier to maneuver into the corner of the garage, keep the tires off the concrete, whether that helped or not I couldn't say.
         
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          Doesn't hurt to disconnect the battery either, and or use a trickle charger.
           
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            Oh ya. Get that out of there if you can and keep it charged. Good call.:thumbsup:
             
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              Keep driving it. Problem solved.
               
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                I live in northern Colorado and drive my car every month. It gets a bit cold when it's in the teens and the top is down, nothing gloves and a jacket can't fix.
                 
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                  Sta - Bil 360 marine in gas tank, Battery Tender all winter, Weight off suspension ( Jack stands ), Do Not start it weekly cause dry starts are bad. Once a month to operating temperature or better yet hand crank with a breaker bar about 45 degrees once a month.
                   
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                  Great idea for those of you who don't gt 2 feet of snow and/or 40 below zero weather in January...........
                  lol
                   
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                    2 stroke engine oil in tank.

                    oil soaked rags in pipes

                    bump starter a few times once a month.
                     
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                    Up in manitoba, oil change and air up tires. sea foam in gas. Sta-bil is good too, can use both if you want. Jack stands for some work well,but not in my case. Also testing strength of coolant is important.
                    as far as the fuel stabilizer goes, i prefer the sea foam, to go in the last couple jugs of gas get it for all my machines.
                    For rodent protection, bounce sheets make nice little blankets for the mice to curl up in..
                    CABN FRESH. Its a mixture of herbs and spices,like potourri.
                    Very effective.
                     
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                    I've seen people use bars of Irish Spring hand soap lad out in the interior and trunk etc. and it seems to work good to keep the pests and critters away.
                     
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                    When I used Irish Spring soap it was chewed into itsy bitsy pieces. I now use original bounce sheets and the blue Scrubbing Bubbles from Walmart. Kim
                     
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                      Nothing.
                       
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                        I think our cars need this....


                        Our father's drove these very same cars in 2 feet of snow, uphill both ways to work every day.

                        We have to put ours to bed for the winter?
                         
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                          Some will never know

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                            My winterization procedure consists of taking a bunch of shit apart with the intent of upgrading it before spring. That way I can get in a mad rush come spring when I realized all my grand plans never materialized! This approach usually keeps me from driving my car till at least July and missing the first 4 or 5 races of the season. My garage is rodent proof and slightly heated. I actually kind of think the rodents pity me and my screwed up life so they leave my car alone.

                            Cley
                             
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                              Full tank of gas with stay-bil marine in it. Moth balls all around and under it and dryer sheets in it. Battery comes in the basement on a battery tender.
                               
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                              tank of gas ( straight from the pump - never had issues with the ethanol ) with sea-foam in it, air up the tires before I put it in the trailer for winter ( keeps it out of harm while I work on other projects ). disconnect the battery once in. let it sit until spring ( unless we get a real warm spell - then I might run it to temp ).
                               
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                                My garage is not heated but heat from my basement does get in there. Recently we have tried to turn our indoor cat into an outdoor cat. I think things are going great. I found 2 dead mice in my yard and I'm hoping the cat finally is earning his keep. I will let him into the garage for mouse duty now too. I'm sure moth balls cannot be could for cats either. Might not be able to go that route.
                                 
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                                I live in Upstate NY (lots of really cold temps, and lots of snow). I don't have access to a garage, so I park my car on a 16x8 plastc tarp, and cover it as well. I completely fill fuel tank. Add Sta-bil, and run engine for 5 minutes to get it through the fuel system. Put oil soaked steel wool in the tail pipe. Remove battery, and put it on a trickle charge in my basement. I remove my air cleaner and put aluminum foil over the carb air horn, and then put the air cleaner back on. I have always used Irish Spring throughout the pass compartment including behind each fresh air door, trunk and in the engine bay (even in my air cleaner). I put one Damp-Rid on the front seat and one in the trunk. This has always worked well for me.
                                 
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                                  What is this "winterize" you speak of?
                                  Winter in SoCal means looking at the snow on the local mountains while we're driving around with the windows down.
                                   
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                                    Hey ocdart,
                                    In California winter means looking at the mountains to see if the big ass fire is coming.
                                    How do you keep the smell of smoke out of your upholstery?
                                     
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                                      like oldkimmer i have had mice eat the irish spring soap.
                                      If you have rubber bushings in your front suspension don't put
                                      the car on jack stands.The rubber will be twisted all winter and then when they crack you'll be blaming the offshore parts makers.
                                       
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