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Old February 9th, 2004, 07:34 PM   #1
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A ? about storing your viper for winter......

Hello

I am proabably going to be purchasing a 96 RT 10 with 8k and since I am near Chicago I need to store the car for the winter. Does it matter is the car is stored in a normal garage or does it have to be heated to keep the care in top condition.....?
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I have two snakes in my freezing garage, no problem. Dunno about "top condition."
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All i would do is make sure the antifreeze is good enough not to freeze and crack the block and change the oil and run the car before storing it then start it up one a month and let it run for 20 minutes or so.
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Better yet, go to Home Depot and buy a Honeywell Horizontal Electric Space Heater for $45.00, which has a thermostat and automatic shutoff. If you have a large garage, maybe buy two. A climate controlled environment for a vehicle is always better than not. Plastic, vinyl and rubber parts do not like temp extremes, and can split over time.
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And buy a battery tender .... you will need it
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All i would do is make sure the antifreeze is good enough not to freeze and crack the block and change the oil and run the car before storing it then start it up one a month and let it run for 20 minutes or so.
actually, it is advised not to let the car idle, if you're not going to drive it i.e., put the engine under a load, do not turn it on at all.
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All i would do is make sure the antifreeze is good enough not to freeze and crack the block and change the oil and run the car before storing it then start it up one a month and let it run for 20 minutes or so.
actually, it is advised not to let the car idle, if you're not going to drive it i.e., put the engine under a load, do not turn it on at all.
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Re: A ? about storing your viper for winter......

Diamond,
I had my 01 in a unheated garage for 2 winters and 1 winter in a heated garage.

every year i would first change oil just prior to storage.
then prep garage with sheets of plastic on the floor and plywood and carpet
for each wheel to park on.
then once a month go out and start it.. let it warm up 15 mins
then move it out of the garage (lubes rear gears)
roll back in slightly diff position for the tires.

and give a bit of gas about 2500 rpm just enough to give some load.
for about 5 mins..
then idle 10 more mins
finally another good 5 mins of load and done.
let it cool, recover with carcover and say goodbye for another month.

Pain in the ass, but car never needed a jump start and ran great.
but right out of storage immediate oil change.
good luck
Jim
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