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Old 14 Jul 2012, 09:52 pm
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Default Best way to maintance PT part-time driving

I just need to get some info here. I am wanting to store the PT in the garage during winter months and cooler days. Is there any special I need to do with the car while it is being stored? Take off battery cable? Stuff like that?
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Old 15 Jul 2012, 01:13 am
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How long do you expect it to be in between uses?
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Old 15 Jul 2012, 07:19 am
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If your storing long term. I would recommend dis connecting the battery. Draining the fuel. adding oil stabilizer. and shoving a rag into the throttle *keeps bugs, critters out*. , plug up the exhaust as well. coat the tires in vasaline and you should be good to go.

When you take it out of storage, change the oil. refill on gas and add water remover. pull out all the rags, check the tires for cracks/dryness. :-)
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Old 15 Jul 2012, 07:39 am
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and shoving a rag into the throttle *keeps bugs, critters out*.

WHAT ????? Please explain.
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Old 15 Jul 2012, 07:50 am
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WHAT ????? Please explain.
well i stored my 02 contour SVT for over a year. when i took it out and poked around i noticed

A birds nest in the air cleaner box

a buttload of debris in the throttlebody

A mouse had chewed through the filter and there were droppings in the throttlebody.

and with a big ole hole in the filter, starting the vehicle would have sucked all of this into the engine, and most likely cost me a large wad of $$$

Next time i stored it, i shoved an old rag in the throttlebody to keep this from happening again, also plugged the intake hose that ran into the cleaner box. When i took it out the next summer. Nothing was inhabiting my intake haha
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You really don't need to drain the fuel just use stabil. Oil will be fine, especially if your running synthetic. Get you a battery tender for the battery and it will last longer. Start it once a month, change gears, if auto with brake on and possibly drive a bit if at all possible for the brakes.
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Old 15 Jul 2012, 07:57 am
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Yes, I have a problem with mice with my wife's Focus that sits outside but you said " rag in the throttle" and you what your talking about is the air filter housing opening. Now that you explained it, makes more sense.
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You really don't need to drain the fuel just use stabil. Oil will be fine, especially if your running synthetic. Get you a battery tender for the battery and it will last longer. Start it once a month, change gears, if auto with brake on and possibly drive a bit if at all possible for the brakes.
I only drain the fuel to use it in my truck :-D haha gas aint cheap :-p
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Old 15 Jul 2012, 08:39 am
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Great!!! I just want to (prolong) the PT while it sits thru the cold seasons.
That makes sense as well. I will I've it a go.
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