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This weekend the MKZ goes into a climate controlled warehouse for the winter. My previous summer cars I have always washed, waxed, filled the tank and stored. Once the summer vehicle comes out of storage, I change the oil immediately and I'm done. 

 

Is there any reason to do something different? Owners manual says to change the oil prior to storage, but I only have 2,000 miles on her since August. 

 

Thanks in advance.

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A few months over the winter is not really storage IMO. Just park it and don't worry about it. Cars sit on dealer lots for way longer than that! :)

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I agree with Michael. Over the winter is not storage. It is just long term parking.

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A few months over the winter is not really storage IMO. Just park it and don't worry about it. Cars sit on dealer lots for way longer than that! :)

Not really the best advice. Seals and fittings get hard and brittle, Tires can develop flat spots.

 

I can tell you about a new car purchased from a dealer of a car that sat for 4 months after the dealer took delivery and they never moved it. Real problems did not show up until 3 years later as sealed started to breakup in the rack unit costing over $1000 to repair and warranty did not cover it.

 

After that experience I will never buy another car if it has been sitting at the dealer more than 6 weeks. If they don't have what I want I will wait for an order.

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Sorry you had a bad experience with your steering rack R2D2! I can almost guaranty you the problem was not caused from sitting on the lot for 4 months if it occurred 3 years later. Just poorly manufactured parts IMO. Many years ago there was nylon used in most tires and that caused flat spotting from sitting but it rarely happens today. Happy Motoring! :)

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Thanks for all the replies. 

 

She's been sleeping nicely in a 72 degree warehouse since November. I've been following the owners manual and starting it every 15 days, letting it run up to operating temp with the climate control set to defrost, as well as moving it about 100 feet.

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For the next 3 days it's supposed to be 60 and sunny. I'm thinking about pulling the Lincoln out of storage for the weekend.

 

I normally don't take my cars out of storage until the weather is consistently above 50. As soon as they come out, they go straight to the dealer for an oil change and a multi point inspection.

 

Any thoughts on the negative affects of not changing the oil after sitting for 3 months? Just a reminder, the Lincoln is in a dark climate controlled warehouse. 72 degrees constantly. Oil is 6 months oil with 3,000 miles on it. Only driving it maybe 100 miles during the weekend before it goes back into storage.

 

Thanks in advance!

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