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Old 11-07-18, 12:42 PM
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I just have some questions about other people with cars in colder climates. I am unable to do heated storage for my FD sadly, and we get temperatures into the -30's F. While it's still warm i'm wondering what others do to prepare their car for the long winter months. Should i store it with a full tank of gas? is there anything i should put in the tank to keep the gas from going bad? How often should i start it get it to operating temperature? I've tested my coolant and it's good, I've removed my battery and will store it indoors on a trickle charger. This is my FD's first winter and i want to make sure i take the right steps to ensure my engine and everything are preserved through the cold months.
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Be sure fill the tank and add fuel stabilizer, Sta-Bil or similar (make sure to run engine for a few minutes to circulate the stabilizer through the system). Stops gas going bad and by having a full tank it stops moisture forming and rusting out your tank.

I also fog the block with Engine Stor or similar. Who knows what life may throw at you preventing you firing up the car in spring. this way you are covered for very long storage. I just pull the spark plugs and squirt some into each chamber as the rotor passes cranking by hand.

Lots of great information here for all aspects of the car:

https://www.aaroncake.net/rx-7/storage.htm

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I tuck my FDs in bed with warm cozy blankets and a bottle of premix

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The post above is pretty spot on.
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I don't have a garage, so this is what I do with my FD.
By the end of November, I would have a new coat of wax on, filled up the gas tank with Stabil, drive around for a mile or 2, then inflate tires to max psi, park it, leave car in reverse gear (driveway rolls foward), leave ebrake alone, pull out battery, put it on trickle charger and finally put the car cover on.
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Full tank of gas and some Sta-bil. Got it. Hadn't thought about the full tank of gas. I don't have any major plans of upgrades or anything this winter so i don't see not being able to fire it up in the spring an issue. I have the car just down the street in a storage unit, so running down there to warm it up isn't an issue, is that something i should be doing periodically?
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Full tank of gas and some Sta-bil. Got it. Hadn't thought about the full tank of gas. I don't have any major plans of upgrades or anything this winter so i don't see not being able to fire it up in the spring an issue. I have the car just down the street in a storage unit, so running down there to warm it up isn't an issue, is that something i should be doing periodically?
No, do not turn the car back on again until spring (or unless you are taking it for a proper drive). All you will do is flood it, introduce moisture into the exhaust and waste fuel. If you fog the block it can sit for years and will fire up like a champ

As per my first message, have a good read of what Aaron has written - lots of excellent information there.
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My car is in storage from November to April. Never needed fuel stabilizer or fogged the engine, but I guess it won't hurt if it makes you feel better. You've checked your coolant, battery is on a maintainer and filled the tank WITH ETHANOL FREE fuel if possible. If you can, put an old set of wheels/tires on it and put your summers in the basement. Be sure to fill the washer reservoir with winter fluid....especially if it doubles for the AI reservoir . A decent car cover is nice after you've washed it. Be sure the area is clean of ANYTHING resembling food that might attract mice. Anecdotal but I use mothballs in a bowl placed around the garage. Never had a problem with any of my cars.
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I like the tips sgtblue, and i ALWAYS fill my tank with Ethanol free fuel.. Luckily in Wyoming we have enough Ethanol haters nearly every gas station has Ethanol free 91+ octane. But my issue is i think i only have 1/4 tank and since i run Toyo R888R's my wheels and tires have been in the basement since September and i don't have a spare set that clear my stoptech's. Guess i'm going to have to make a few runs with a 5 gallon tank and fill her up.
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