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Storing for winter, Stabil or no?
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stabil will not hurt anything, so doing it is always a safe bet for the $6. Gas is stable for about a yr so they say but breaks down quick after that. A full gas tank is a must however, otherwise you can develope condensation in the airspace due to temperarture differentials.

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I fill my tank and put Sea Foam in tank and run for a bit to get it into the system. No issues with start up
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Storing for winter, Stabil or no?

My experience with a family member's car is after 6 months the gasoline is stale. (Shell V-Power 91 octane with ethanol.)



However I didn't really know this -- I suspected it -- at the time. The engine started right up and idled well, but in driving the car the engine felt down on power. Not being familiar with the car/engine I thought the engine was a bit of a dog. But wasn't until I drove the car enough to have to add gas that after adding fresh Shell V-Power the engine really perked up and I realized the doggy feeling was due to stale gasoline.



You can use Stabil or not. I'd tend to the "not". Dodge cautions against using any fuel additives.



Won't keep the gasoline from going stale though. So fill up the tank with fresh gasoline -- buy from a busy station -- and then park the car, but only after doing the other things you should do prior to long term storage. Change the oil/filter. Air up the tires. Take steps to avoid rodent infestation. Make arrangements to keep the battery charged.



Come time to resume using the car again the gasoline will be somewhat stale but unless you want to siphon it out and who knows do what with it just drive the car normally and as soon as the tank is say down to 1/2 tank add fresh fuel.
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I've also see these interesting half round wheel pads that will help keep your tires from flat spotting when sitting for extended periods.
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To prevent flat spotting of the tires do what the factory does. Just inflate the tires to their maximum cold inflation pressure. Then when time to drive the car be sure to adjust tire pressures to what they should be.
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Also FCA says to run your A/C on blower High for 5 minutes before storage. Many don't run there compressor at all during the winter and this can cause problems.


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I add the Stabil, after filling the tank up with Mobil 93 (or Shell 93) and then cover her up. I also use a CTEK trickle charger on the battery, along with filling the tires to 40 psi and parking on some old bath towels that are doubled up to prevent the tires from being on cold concrete.

I didn't think of running the A/C during the winter. Thanks for the suggestion Slidd.
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I've also see these interesting half round wheel pads that will help keep your tires from flat spotting when sitting for extended periods.
I use carpet scraps under the wheels and over inflate the tires when storing.


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Here is a good step-by-step process of how to store a car for 5-6 months.

www.TechGuys.ca | How to: Store a car for winter


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