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drive or winter storage?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by mondial85, Jan 9, 2004.

  1. mondial85

    mondial85 Karting

    Sep 9, 2003
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    What is better for my car; to drive it for at least 20mins once a week (allowing all fluids to come up to temp and preventing fuel tank rusting), or to simply store it for another 2-3 months? Sorry in advance if this topic has been discussed to death in the past.
     
  2. flyingboa

    flyingboa Formula 3

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    Drive it, and do not limit yourself to 20 minutes a week... Enjoy it as much as you can!

    Ciao

    Eugenio
     
  3. Napolis

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  4. Auraraptor

    Auraraptor F1 World Champ
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    Try and drive it, if you are free, the weather is decent (no snow, no salt, no ice)

    If not store it.

    My car ends up sitting for 2 weeks or 3 weeks until its nice enough to take her out. :(

    We asked for it by living up here.
     
  5. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    I would try and get it out for a 20-30 minute drive every couple weeks...
     
  6. mondial85

    mondial85 Karting

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    ok, im hearing drive...thanks for the input!
     
  7. joeyy

    joeyy Karting

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    always be ready to drive. here in the northeast the winters suck but you never know when one good day comes along. i was driving on Xmas!!
     
  8. Steve King

    Steve King F1 Rookie

    Feb 15, 2001
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    I just had to install my Christmas Hill peddle set today and after I needed to make sure that they were installed right and worked properly. So even though it was 18 degrees out I needed to warm it up and then take it out.After about 20mins and the temp's were up I did a couple of standard Fcar tune ups and returned back home. Another fun 45mins in the winter. Doesn't look good for this week because snow is coming again. Fun to drive , drive for fun.
     
  9. 62 250 GTO

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    I leave my car in storage all winter. I fill the gas tank then add stabilizer, drive around for about 30 mins, park it and spray heavy duty silicone lubricant on the engine and a couple of other places. It is a heated garage with very low moisture {parked on the 2nd level of a 3 storey garage} Is this acceptable?
     
  10. yfc

    yfc Karting

    Dec 23, 2003
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    I personnaly find that driving my F-car in winder is not "obvious". I mean not only about having fun!

    Being stuck by a summer storm is not fun. Snow and ice are even worth. Have you ever had the bad suprise of finding the road frozen in some corners? Ouah.... that's not so fun when comming a bit ... fast in the curve.

    What about the salted road? Are you bringing your F-car to the car-wash station after every winter ride? To avoid any corrosion, I'm cleaning my F-car (not the other) after every winter ride.
     
  11. andrew911

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    While I don't have a Ferrari, I don't take my 911 out unless there isn't any road salt, and I can clean the car if it gets dirty before putting it away. Because once we get road salt here in NJ it's pretty much here for the duration, and because I don't want to wash the car in 20 degree weather (I won't go to the auto car washes with the car), I usually wind up keeping it in the garage for 2-3 months. I did have the car out a couple of weekends ago because it was nice, but now we have nothing but cold forecast, and after the dusting of snow last night, I'm sure there's salt on the roads.

    Everyone has their own opinion of this. In over 15 years of various porsche ownership, I've never had a problem with bad gas (I put techtron in with the first fill up after the winter to clean anything that may have settled) or with flat spots on the tires- although I usually put a few extra PSI in the tires. I would guess the weekend cars I've had have sat for 10 weeks or so on average between all the winters. Once we get a good rain in the spring to wash away the salt, I'm back out there- even if its in the 30's, I'll get out there & wash the car if road salt gets on it (well, down to the high 30's anyway) :)
     
  12. parkerfe

    parkerfe F1 World Champ

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    Why wouldn't you want to drive it during the winter, weather permitting ? Ferrari's do have heaters you know. I drive mine every chance I get as long as there is no rain, sleet or snow. When it does snow, rare in Atlanta, I do wait a few days for the road salt to wash away before I drive her. Remember, the engine runs better in cold weather anyway.
     
  13. notoboy

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    Drive! I drove the TR for a couple hours on Saturday here in NY in 15-20 degrees, and it actually seemed quiicker when it was fully warmed up than it does in the summer - the tires were like hockey pucks though, so I had my hands full when I hit the turns.

    David
     
  14. 62 250 GTO

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    From the 1st major snowfall of the year untill about April the road is white with salt. When the snow clears off the road you have to slow down due to so much salt. The joys of Nova Scotia!
     
  15. Ken

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    Drive the car. Clean the car. Drive the car. Clean the car. Watch the snow fall and clean the car in the garage. Wait for clear dry roads. Drive some more. Clean the car.

    You get the idea. I love cleaning my car; it's quality time with something I love. When it's below freezing the roads are dry if salty.

    Ken
     
  16. Spasso

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  17. 62 250 GTO

    62 250 GTO F1 Veteran

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    Someone has a nice view.
     
  18. yfc

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    Looks like in north America most of the road are salted during winter. At least for the cold(est) areas if I can say. Is't correct?

    Here in Switzerland they recently significantly reduced the amount of salt used. For ecological reason, only the main roads are cleaned and then salted. When the small(est) ones are not salted.
     
  19. 62 250 GTO

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    I just thought of something. My car only cost 7500. Why the heck do I store it at all?
    Do you guys store your cars due to price {salt, fender bender, etc...} or because you can't drive them due to too much snow and ice?
    Next year I'm driving mine.
     
  20. funshipone

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    In Switzerland you are lucky that they have cut back on salt use. I live near Detroit, Michigan which has a salt mine under the city so salt is plentlyful. Our streets become white in winter not from snow, but from salt. I stop driving at first salt drop (this year 1st November usally until middle April) I wish we would reduce using so much salt.
    I have visited your beautiful city along with Lucerne also Lugano you live in a very pretty part of the world.
     
  21. kenyon

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    Drive....
     
  22. enjoythemusic

    enjoythemusic F1 World Champ

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    Drive... Did about 35 miles today and about 30 last week. i wait for a few CLEAR days in a row so the streets are relatively clean and then away i go. People are amazed to see a Ferrari on the road in the New England winter, and Rosso looks GREAT with a white snow backdrop :)

    Enjoy the Drive,

    Steven R. Rochlin
     
  23. Dutchman

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    I have to admit that I am a little bit double on this subject. I prefer to keep my car in storage because I think that she will break in bad weather, snow and salt. (idiot thought?). But on the other hand I get very restless if I cannot drive it for a longer period of time.

    So I drive it and I wash it and I drive it etc etc.

    Actually I drove it today! (-2 C / 28 F)

    :)

    Ton
     

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