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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-16-2007, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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drain too much oil?

when I drained my car to put in the oil for storage it sat in the garage for 2-3 days dripping.
I started to wonder if maybe if too much oil came out or it drained for too long or something could it somehow damage the motor?
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Nope. Fine as long as you replace it all before starting it again.
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i was thingking if ALL the oil drained out I would go back, fill it up and it would have all seized up and just be a big motor shaped paperweight...

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I do believe that a motor can't sieze if it isn't running.
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Pretty sure that if a car is stored outside with no oil in it it would seize up. Actually I was thinking it would be better to just fill up with a heavy weight oil just to coat everything really good and not drive the car at all after that. If there's no oil at all the seals might dry out and get some big leaks once you put it back on the road. I'd like to hear some more experienced ppl about this too as I'm thinking of storing my car during winter also.
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i just have oil in it now so I can start it every so often cause I dont have a battery or 'trickle' charger... I should take a pic of my car up on the jackstands
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Pretty sure that if a car is stored outside with no oil in it it would seize up. Actually I was thinking it would be better to just fill up with a heavy weight oil just to coat everything really good and not drive the car at all after that. If there's no oil at all the seals might dry out and get some big leaks once you put it back on the road. I'd like to hear some more experienced ppl about this too as I'm thinking of storing my car during winter also.
Yeah in the case of long term storage, no oil in the motor wouldn't be a good idea.
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I'm under the impression that you're going to refill the oil soon ("when I drained my car to put in the oil for storage...")

As long as you do it'll be ok. It's also a good idea to run it every once in a while (once or twice a month?)...get it up to temperature.

How long is it going to be out of commission?




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oh its fine
its got fresh oil & filter and I start it about every week or so. i just let it run today actually. any idea how long it needs to idle when doing this? I hear running a car for 20 min and not moving it isnt so good for it cause of air flow or something
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I have a couple Chrysler V8's that sit without being started for 5-6 months straight each year. They are carbureted engines and all I do is drain and replace w/ fresh oil and filters and slowly fog the engines until they quit. The fogging prevents the pistons from seizing.
Come spring I just pump the gas allot and crank away.

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The truth is, a car should not be just sitting idling. Not good for the engine. A long drive will get all of the moisture out of the engine and exhaust. I would just wait until the streets are clean to drive it. sometimes I don't start my GTO for a few months. That is better than running it for a few minutes.
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One draw back, that I see, to running the vehicle once awhile in the winter is that when you leave and all is quiet, little rodents can sense the warmth and try to nest in places where they shouldn't.
This depends if you have a nice sealed up garage or not.
Just a thought.
I just let my Caddy sit all winter.
Also it's a good idea to remove the battery from the car especially if your going to keep it on a trickle charger. If something goes wrong, hopefully only the battery get ruined.

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Ive read and heard that before, but I dont think there are any varmits around my place... never even seen a bug in my garage!
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Ive read and heard that before, but I dont think there are any varmits around my place... never even seen a bug in my garage!
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Yeah, any motor not started long enough will seize, or commonly called "setting up". Any moisture that finds its way into the cylinders will rust the rings to the cylinders. Remember some of the valves will be open. That's why its a good idea to squirt some oil in the cylinders down thru the spark plug holes.

Another thing I have heard of involving rodents and small animals, is them chewing up the air filter element to make a nest. I have heard of them nesting in the air boxes of stored cars and the owners starting the cars and sucking them into the engine. Not a cool thing to happen at all.
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