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Hibernation and General Maintenance

Discussion in 'General Mustang Discussion' started by JonnybravoM3, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. JonnybravoM3

    JonnybravoM3 Member

    Hi all

    Have a question regarding maintenance of vehicle during winter months or otherwise, when she's in hibernation.

    Now for my other cars, i hook them up with CTEK battery chargers/maintainers, and plug that straight into the cigarette lighter slot.

    How would this work on a 65 Stang?

    Secondly, how often does the car need to be serviced/inspected assuming that it's gonna be a once per week driver? Annually or more frequently?



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  2. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    I'd recommend you buy a float charger from Harbor Freight. Change the oil n filter and put some of that fuel preserver in the gas tank
  3. JonnybravoM3

    JonnybravoM3 Member

    Thanks so that would not plug in anywhere, rather it would clamp on to the battery?

    Does it matter with these cars if my power back home is 220v rather than the US 110v?


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  4. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    It would clip onto the battery terminals. I would suspect you can look at the spec sheet. A lot of these devices nowadays are auto sensing.
  5. Horseplay

    Horseplay I Don't Care. Do you?

    I'm a big fan of disconnecting the battery entirely from the car for long term storage. You can connect a battery "maintainer" device of your choice directly to the battery.

    Depending on climate and term of hibernation it is a good idea to drain the oil and refill with new filter each new season. Moisture can develop in the crankcase environment willing. Try not to leave fuel in the tank (drain it too) or add a quality stabilizer. Some have the added benefit, if used correctly, to prevent tank moisture development from rusting the inside of the tank too.

    If you store for a very long time, and are mechanically capable, its also a good idea to pull the distributor and give the oil pump a spin while hand rotating the crank (45 at a time) to pre-lube things before refiring for the season.

    As far as inspections go, for your purposes annual is overkill unless environment plays a major factor in rubber degradation and such things. You can help yourself by starting the car every few weeks while in storage and allowing it to run long enough to reach running temp for a few minutes too. Putting it up on stands or such will save tire problems as well. Pretty much treat just as you would any car in storage.
  6. JonnybravoM3

    JonnybravoM3 Member

    I'm actually able to arrange for it to be started once every 10-15 days when I'm away. Would that work?

    I've been told about the fuel issue, if I'm gonna store it for some time, to make sure it's done on a near empty tank.

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  7. Horseplay

    Horseplay I Don't Care. Do you?

    If it was run every few weeks your good to go and you can forget about much of the long term storage concern.

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