Storing Hellcat For Winter

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    Any suggestions as far as what to do to store the Challenger Hellcat for the winter? Will I have an issue in spring if I remove the battery?
     
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    Put the battery on a trickle charger, put about a half a can of Seafoam in the gas tank (with fresh gas) and that's it.

    I always drive my cars through winter (even when I lived in MN), and this car is no exception. But years of bad winters and owning motorcycles taught me what to do.
     
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    Yuup trickle charger but I don't use stabilizer just leave the tank about 1/8 full or completely full
     
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    It really depends on the duration of your winter, I was preparing him for the worst. If it's 2 months off the road, no biggie, but 3-5 months downtime and you need the stabilizer.
     
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    I usually don't leave gas in my boats either, I've found the stabilizer tends to gum the injectors so I suffer with a few minutes of shifty gas in the spring
     
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    Trickle charger and stabil.

    Last winter I started the car and let it run for about 1/2 hour every month. I also put dryer sheets in the trunk and in the car. I was told it helps keep mice out. If nothing else the car smells Downey fresh in the spring :)
     
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    That's the benefit to Seafoam. It's a fuel line and injector cleaner
     
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    Don't plan on driving in Wisconsin winter. Being stored in a barn. Must be more to it than that. What about blocking off ground.? Maybe blocking tailpipe? Have fitted mopar cover. My concern is if I pull battery, might really screw up all the electronics in spring.
     
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    In a barn?? Well, I don't think any of us expected that LOL.

    Yeah, you might need to do some crazy shit in that case.

    Wisconsin winter ain't worse than Minnesota winter though. Either way, I'm glad I don't live in an extreme winter state any longer.
     
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    No need to pull the battery. Trickle charger while it's still in the car.

    Don't put the car on jack stands or blocks, hanging wheels is bad for the suspension.
     
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    Yeah, no cows, lol! Storage barn with other vehicles and boats. November through March. Heated to 50 degrees. But once we get our typical 50" of snow don't know how accessible its going to be.
     
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    Inflate tires to 50 PSI.
    Seafoam is the answer for Gas.
    Unhooking battery wont hurt the car. Just will reset some things to default.
    If you have the option to use a battery tender & leave it hooked up I would go with that.
    Mine will be in storage where batteries must be disconnected.
     
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    From the old "Doc" he posted this long ago, but I copied it. For storage, put it into Shipping Mode.
    1. Button to engine off
    2. Turn on hazards
    3. Hold up arrow on steering wheel for five seconds and it will go into shipping mode.

    Do again to have it come out of shipping mode.

    I dread the day is coming soon, I don't drive it even if it rains. Once I clean and park it in a heated garage I am going to put it into the shipping mode, and I will alternate the charger with a couple of bikes that need some winter attention from the trickle charger.

    Remember we can hook everything up under the hood. No need to get to the battery for anything.

    I trickle charged my 2006 SRT and drove it on nice days, the OEM battery still lives in it in NM where it has a warm home with friend of mine. Built in Feb 2006! If that battery makes the winter it is a ten year winner!
     
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    I have A little over $21,000.00 invested in my boat motor,I use 100% premium gas,marine stabile and Sea foam on a regular basis because I fish 12 months out of the year.The additives just help everything run clean and smooth.Its just a little price to pay.The most important thing you can have on you boat are the Smart Craft gauges,the temp gauge will keep you from burning a hole in #6,dont ask how I know,I jusy Know
     
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    We generally average 120" of snow in Syracuse, NY. I will take my car out in the winter as long as the roads are DRY. I don't want wet, slushy salt water getting all over everything. But I will enjoy the car.
     

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