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Old 10-31-2017, 01:45 PM
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RX8 winter storage in MN

Just acquired a 2010 RX8 Sport with 46k that came from a southern clime, and I am in North Central MN and wondering what I need to do to prep it for a cold MN winter?
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Did you get a rotary engine-specific compression test done before your purchase ? If not, get that done now (has to be a Mazda dealer or someone with rotary engine compression testing gear). You need to first know the true health of your engine (not just how it feels).

-Cooling system check , flush and new antifreeze (FL-22 recommended)
-Brakes and brake fluid check and replacement if needed
-Tranny, Clutch, differential fluids should be replaced
-Electrical systems and battery check. New heavy duty battery, new coils, wires, plugs as necessary
-Proper high performance snow tires.

RX8 Club’s recommended maintenance schedule, more comprehensive and proactive than Mazda’s schedule.
30,000 miles:
- Replace Ignition coils
- Replace Plug wires
- Replace Spark plugs
- Clean MAF (mass air flow sensor)
- Clean ESS (e-shaft sensor)
- Reset ESS profile
- Clean power steering connections
- Clean battery terminals and clamps
- Replace transmission fluid
- Replace coolant (Mazda FL-22 is highly recommended)
- Replace air filter
- Replace brake fluid (fluid in the brake lines AND the clutch line)
~$300 USD in parts if you shop smartly.

every 60,000:
...all 30,000, plus...
- Clean all chassis electrical grounding points
- Replace accessory belts
- Clean OMP lines
- Replace rear differential fluid
- Replace thermostat
- Clean / Straighten AC condenser fins
- Clean / Straighten oil cooler fins
- Inspect catalytic converter
- Clean / Inspect intake valving
- Consider / inspect all points in 90,000+ as well, many items fail early
~$130 USD in parts if you shop smartly.

...all 30,000, plus any 60,000 not yet done, plus...
- Replace coolant bottle
- Replace radiator hoses
- Replace radiator
- Replace front O2 sensor
- Replace motor mounts
- Inspect clutch pedal assembly for flex / weld breaks
~$900 USD in parts if you shop smartly.
At 100k, anything original in the cooling system is really suspect and failure prone. It represents the biggest threat to your engine.

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Snow tires and getting the underside treated to prevent rust are typically the recommendations for those of us DDing the 8 through the winter. Adding some weight to the rear could be beneficial, as well. Read this post, in particular, along with the rest of this thread:

This is the advice I'm taking, as this will be my 8s first winter. Also, consider the following:

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Also, no rust (I use Fluid Film in early fall along with Amsoil Heavy Duty Metal Protector in rear wheel wells.
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