Storing my 2006 GT


GDC

New member
Mar 11, 2019
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I have a 2006 Ford with just about 1,000 miles. The car has been sitting covered in my garage for 3 - 4 years without being started or driven. A local dealer is recommending that I drain and flush the fuel and oil systems, a transmission service and retorqueing the Half-Shafts. Are these items necessary and is there anything else I should do? Appreciate any feedback.
 

fjpikul

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Jan 4, 2006
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Belleville, IL
Make sure your battery is in good shape. You could burn out gauges if not. May be worthwhile not taking a chance and replace it first. The fuel filter is somewhat difficult to replace. Were the half-shaft bolts replaced previously? If not, retorqueing them will not help. If they were replaced, they shouldn't need any service. Cycle ac and check level. Replace brake and clutch fluids. Tires probably flat spotted. Take out trunk liner make sure there is no rodent damage.
 

GDC

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Mar 11, 2019
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Thanks for your reply. I did replace the battery today. The half-shafts have not been touched since buying the car but have not had any issues.
 

junior

GT Owner
Mar 9, 2007
1,096
So Cal
1/2 shafts will require changing at some point to the upgraded ones (it's a when and not if they fail issue), Engine will require priming after the oil/filter change (plenty of info on "how to" on this forum). I suggest to reach out to team Kendall and Ryan, Cool Tech LLC, forum name "Not4re", they know the FGT extremely well and the service and attention to details are second to none.
 
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Johntpr

GT Owner
Jan 18, 2017
121
Rockland County, NY
Add : Replace all the coolant. Consider changing all the belts, especially the oil pump belt.
 

Art138

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Jan 4, 2011
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Weston,FL
The negative ground battery cable attach point might need some filing to ensure good contact.
 
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MK2_GT

GTX1 Owner
Mar 25, 2006
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Be careful with tires if they are older than 5 years. Replace them no matter what shape they are in .
 
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Joehand1

Tungsten GT Owner
Sep 20, 2007
586
Hattiesburg, MS, USA
Not good to sit unranked so long, rubber seals especially in the AC compressor start to leak. You should crank it and idle for at least until the oil gets hot every other week.
 

roketman

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I would bring it to an experienced Ford Gt shop.Depending where you are located forum members can recommend an appropriate shop
 

mmlcobra

GT Owner
May 25, 2013
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I no longer subscribe to the idea that you need to start the car and move it on the tires concept.
First, if you start the car and not bring all the fluids to temp, then you just risk more condensation (water) in your lubricants.
There is also the argument of frictional damage every time that you start the engine "dry".
Secondly, the tire technology has improved SO much over the years that I don't think that flat spotting is an issue any longer.
Of course, that all depends on the duration of storage and the surface stored upon.
I don't suggest that any car be stored for "long periods of time" on bare concrete.
We had the same issues shooting our precision rifles.
Turns out that "over cleaning" the barrels did more harm then good.
Only my opinion.
Best,
Mark
 

RPM217

2005 white/blue stripe
Jun 18, 2010
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Rye Brook, New York
I no longer subscribe to the idea that you need to start the car and move it on the tires concept.
First, if you start the car and not bring all the fluids to temp, then you just risk more condensation (water) in your lubricants.
There is also the argument of frictional damage every time that you start the engine "dry".
Secondly, the tire technology has improved SO much over the years that I don't think that flat spotting is an issue any longer.
Of course, that all depends on the duration of storage and the surface stored upon.
I don't suggest that any car be stored for "long periods of time" on bare concrete.
We had the same issues shooting our precision rifles.
Turns out that "over cleaning" the barrels did more harm then good.
Only my opinion.
Best,
Mark
Agree with Mark, what I do is overinflate the tires to avoid flatspotting, haven't had any problems!!
 

MAD IN NC

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Feb 14, 2006
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where I live, no matter what I'll find a way to stretch the cars legs withing 2 months... sometimes its a short window but never had any issues.....
 

Specracer

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I too agree with walk away, and leave it (not starting it "every month"), because of the moisture created. Flat spots work out after just a few miles.
 

dr914

GT Owner
Feb 11, 2009
129
Marietta Georgia
I also agree, but have it stored in a dehumidified and climate controlled garage with gas stabilizer in the fuel. I also overinflate the tires, and on my older cars remove that battery and keep it on a battery tender. I would assume that you can remove the battery on the Ford (I drive my car once a month so keep it in the car on the factory battery tender) which is certainly advisable. The main thing though is the climate control and dehumidification.
 

twobjshelbys

GT Owner
Jul 26, 2010
4,879
Las Vegas, NV
... and on my older cars remove that battery and keep it on a battery tender. I would assume that you can remove the battery on the Ford (I drive my car once a month so keep it in the car on the factory battery tender) which is certainly advisable. ...
Note that if you are storing it but intend on licensing it, and you live in a state that uses OBDII for emissions certification, then removing the battery will clear all of the OBDII "system readiness indicators" and you'll have to do the full drive cycle to get them cleared to pass emissions. Similarly changing the battery can (unless you install the battery tender first) clear them out. If you install the tender it has enough power to hold the memory over the change.
 

MTV8

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Jul 24, 2010
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Houston Texas
Certainly nothing wrong with frequent oil changes, but there should be no need for one in this case.