While it has been a great Fall so far up here in the jackpines, winter is right around the corner. So what's the concensus, do you guys (and gals) fog your engines for long term storage or not?
Just my view, and i know your talking about long
term storage but, I guess i'll say I didnt buy
this thing to look at due to my age. Put my curtains
on, crack top floor board couple cans of sterno
heat go to store while its snowing (while its snowing) pure snow dont hurt nuthing, its when they
salt it. I come from my father; cussin putting tire
chains on. Salt & sand sanders were'nt invented yet.
My thoughts are, I am over the top on life-the hill
is gettin steeper, my 70 yr old freind with an A,
Oh ! panic starting to mist=see ya cant get it wet.
how many wars how many hurricans winters the stock crash these things went through huh! I'm just a
ramblin. so your choice pickle it or run it
"worst thing in life is not being used trust me!
Kevin, I've wrestled with the same question ever since I got my first T back in 2012. As a former boater, I'm used to fogging the engine. Did that until I went to diesel engines in my various boats over the years, in which of course I didn't fog them. Never seemed to really make a difference. I guess if the engine were to be idle over several years rather than several months, that'd be different. Plus, I keep fresh gas in the tank, full to the brim to start with to help avoid condensation, put lots of preservative in it, and I run the engine every chance I get when it's warm enough to keep the garage open any length of time. The critters out in the barn get ran monthly, as the barn's the same temp as the great outdoors! This seems to work well for me anyway, down here in good ol' Ohio. I know your winters can be a bit harsher than ours, and longer.
Here is one one survey I saw for non-boats:
Do you Fog?
No. I drive 365 days a year - 65%
No. I am to lazy to fog the motor - 5%
Yes. I think it is a good idea to fog the motor - 0%
Stored in a heated place does not require fogging - 30%
I am from southern California where we can drive any time of year with no sidecurtains. I have never lived where it gets snowed in. Worst thing we had was 1' of snow which lasted for 3 days in 1949.
Please explain what you mean by "fog the engine"? Some day I might need to do that if the climate change cools our area!
Rarely gets below freezing in this neck o' the woods, we here in Florida have winter well trained it shows up 2 or 3 times a year stays for one or two days then leaves before it wears out it's welcome (we did have snow on the ground for 3 days in 1989 around Christmas but that only happens once every hundred years or so) I guess that makes the answer no I don't FOG!
Environmentally speaking this is something that's gone out of style. Does it work? I'm sure it does to a certain extent but is the clean up worth the effort? What will you use and how easy will it be to remove? Even burning it off will be horrible and you'll still have plenty to do.
Fog the carburetor intake(s)
Before the engine runs out of fuel, spray fogging oil into the carburetor(s). Fogging oil is an anticorrosive that will protect the internal surfaces of the carburetor and the cylinders. Typically the engine will run rough just before it runs out of fuel. As that happens, give the carburetor(s) a heavier shot of fogging oil to make sure internal surfaces are fully coated.
Fog the cylinders
Remove the spark plugs and spray fogging oil into the holes to coat the interior surfaces of the cylinders. Rotate the flywheel a few turns to spread the oil on the cylinder walls. While the plugs are out is the time to check them and regap or replace as required. Reinstall the spark plugs.
Here is one brand:
OH! you said FOG...I thought you said FROG so I went down the the pond and oiled all my Frogs for the winter...No wonder they were mad.
My answer to the problem is to find a good Santa Clause parade to go to and give the car some exercise. At parade speeds, even the salt won't reach the car. Most winters have certain days when the weather is good and the roads are salt free.
Figures. Another I don't need it product from stabil.
I like Stabil fogging oil in all my two strokes, so i will try it on the "T" this year and see how it goes. No plans to drive the car this winter. The roads are seldom good and yes, they use a lot of salt around here. Besides, I don't do parades.