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post #21 of 58 Old October 13th, 2014, 06:36 PM
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It can become acidic over time. You could do a PH level test to get an idea.

Buddies delorean had a coolant leak under the intake manifold, coolant sat in the valley there for god knows how long and it ate the aluminum block. Little pin holes everywhere
Yes it can become acidic. You can also measure the voltage between the coolant and the negative battery terminal. But if the coolant good enough to drive around with, it's going to be fine to sit for a winter.

Like I said, everyone will have their own way of winterizing a vehicle and justified however they can. The truth is with modern cars, if you stay up with regular maintenance then winterizing probably isn't a huge issue.

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Put stabil in 3/4 tank drive home put on lift battery tender up she goes.

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Changing coolant is overkill IMO

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I'm always hesitant to use stabilizer. Esp after finding it developing little white flakes in the fuel and plugging everything up. My boss ran in to the same issue with his snowmobile, thought it was his fuel tank or lines degrading and plugging up the fuel filter/carbs, but again it was the stabilizer.

Premium fuel with no ethanol is 100% fine, no need for stabilizer. Run a little isopropyl in the first tank or two to rid of any potential moisture and continue on with life

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Man, storing the car must suck.

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The only benefit of having to store your car is it gives you down time to work on things and it also you have something to look forward to in the Spring. Your car is more fun to drive when you can't get in it every day.
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Please go into some detail on this because it sounds like hear say passed from forum to forum as a fact. Do you have any actual information to back up this claim?

I've had the same coolant in my Jeep since I bought it (4 years ago) w/out any problems. I also checked the antifreeze bottle and I don't see a shelf life. If it would break down over time, there should be a shelf life on the bottle.
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Premium fuel with no ethanol is 100% fine, no need for stabilizer.
Where do you find fuel w/out any ethanol? I would agree it would be great to use if you can find it because ethanol absorbs water. The only place around here I find it is the marina at $6/gallon. That's all I run through the boats but I still put Stabil in them. Trying to start up a carb boat motor after winter w/out Stabil sucks. Ever since I started using Stabil, it starts right up and that's why I use it on everything that gets stored (mowers, snow blowers, etc).

What you've just provided says it wears out because the corrosion inhibitors coat the passages and an explanation of electrolysis. Thus, storing an engine over the winter would mean your coolant would last longer. First, you're not circulating coolant for many months so you're not wearing it out. Second, there's no battery connected during the winter months so there's no electrolysis.

So yes, you should change your coolant on some sort of regular interval. But there's not need to specially change it just for winter storage.

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I was under the impression jacking your car up for the winter screwed with the suspension. I don't know.

I just bring mine into the garage with a tank of gas, change the rims/tires to other ones, stick it on a tender, toss the car cover on and call it a day.




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I've done it with all my cars and haven't had any issues with the suspension.
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the thing with the coolant, that it breaks down over time and will cause the aluminum to corrode. If im gonna leave it sitting i want some fresh stuff in there.
I get that, but coolant doesn't go bad in a year, or often even in two. Use a coolant checker to make sure it's in good shape, and if it's good, it's good. I have an issue throwing an extra $50 a year at it for 3 months of storage.

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Where do you find fuel w/out any ethanol?
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Basically nothing. There are always a few nice days during winter that I can drive a quick lap around town!
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I just park it in the garage. Add some Stable or STP fuel shit in there to keep the gas fresh. They say to have at least a half a tank when doing that. Also you dont want really any less than that so that moister doesn't build in the tank,




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I live without AC. Hardly used it in the car.




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Yeah but no AC in Texas in the summer is like having no heat in Ohio in the winter. Maybe youll be fine but it sure as hell wont be comfortable.
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Well I just replaced the radiator in May, and obviously it's pretty fresh coolant, so I'll probably just do an oil change, hook up the battery maintainer, and park it on carpet in the garage with a full tank of gas and some stabil. I appreciate the input guys.

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Basically nothing. There are always a few nice days during winter that I can drive a quick lap around town!
This. Might not drive it for a few weeks, but I can find a day where I can drive it around my (country) block a few times
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