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Storing Car,Gas tank full or empty?

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    Storing Car,Gas tank full or empty?

    Is it better to store a car with just a couple gallons of gas or completely full? Or does it really matter either way?

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    store completely full, with stabil added to it. if the tank isnt full it can build up condensation......the stabil will keep the fuel from going bad and forming varnish and screwing up your lines/pump.

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    +1.

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    mine is always full before i put it away, and i put some fuel stabilizer in it to keep it good through the season
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    for the past 7 years ive been storing my car every winter. i always have about a 1/2 tank thinking when its spring, i will run to the gas station and top off the tank with fresh gas. never had any problems of any sort. the car has always run like a dream.

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    full tank, put stabil in it and run the car for about 10 minutes after you put the stabil in

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    +1 on storing it full. Also need to store it with a fresh oil change.
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    I haven't done any of that stuff in the 10 years I've had mine. I store it as close to empty as possible and change the oil first thing in the spring. Not that my way is right because it most likely isn't. Just how I've done it.

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    as long as she looks clean before shes tucked away, and fires up when the spring rolls around im happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    I haven't done any of that stuff in the 10 years I've had mine. I store it as close to empty as possible and change the oil first thing in the spring. Not that my way is right because it most likely isn't. Just how I've done it.

    Probably not as much of an issue as it used to be since tanks are now made of plastic. The metal tanks created more condensation and were prone to rust if not kept full during winter storage.

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    I've always stored mine with 1/4 tank or less and have had no problems. But the first thing I do in the spring is change the oil and fill up with 93 octane at least and run it hard to pass anything that's settled. Other than that, a fresh wash & coat of good wax and you should be good to go man.

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    I've never had a problem (that I know of, maybe the car covered it for me) storing a car a few months with less than quarter tank. However, the absolutely more correct way to store it is with a nearly full tank, with some Stabil added if it will be sitting more than 3-4 months.

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