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Old 09-13-2009, 01:10 PM   #1
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Storing for the winter?

I have never stored a car in the winter. Can anyone offer advice to a novice? I have a garage and a car cover. Is there any prep work for the engine or body?
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:39 PM   #2
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When I store my Harley I always do the following and I am planning on doing the same with my SS once I get it.

- Wash and dry thoroughly
- Change the oil
- remove sparkplugs and add a couple tablespoons of oil/fogger to help keep cylinder walls coated)
- Inflate tires to correct pressure
- Put a foam mat or piece of cardboard under the tires to help prevent flat spots
- Add fuel stabilizer to full tank of gas (add at gas station so it mixes properly and is distributed throughout entire fuel system)
- Use breathable cover
- Connect battery to a battery tender.

If anybody else has more suggestions I'd be interested to hear them as well.

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Old 09-13-2009, 03:36 PM   #3
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I was told by someone to get some fabric softener sheets and place them in any opening of the car or any place you may think a mouse might be able to get in,The scent in the sheets will deter the mice from entering the vehicle. Stuff a sheet in each exhaust pipe them use an elastic to hold one around the opening.
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:37 PM   #4
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Best thing is to run the car every few weeks OR unbolt the rocker arms,pull the battery and store inside.Followed by doing what you can to keep animals from nesting in the car.

The #1 thing I see up here in the NE is broken valve springs from people that store there cars for long periods.That and collapsed lifters.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:42 PM   #5
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I'll be storing it inside my garage. I thought of starting it once a week just cause.... I only have 108 miles on it. I don't expect to have much more this year. Should I still change the oil? And what is a battery tender? Would it be better to start once a week or fully store it until spring? I just don't want to do anything stupid and hurt it.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:10 PM   #6
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starting once a week is a lot of cold starts&unless you run it for a pretty long time it will not help the battery.
Cwalms...has got it right only thing better i think would be to put it on jack stands at frame points.
a battery tender is like a trickle charger only better as it wont over charge the battery.im a harley davidson technichan we sell hundreds of battery tenders.go to a bike shop or look up deltran super smart battery tender...
ive heard the dryer sheets work good also

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Old 09-15-2009, 12:56 PM   #7
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I'll be storing it inside my garage. I thought of starting it once a week just cause.... I only have 108 miles on it. I don't expect to have much more this year. Should I still change the oil? And what is a battery tender? Would it be better to start once a week or fully store it until spring? I just don't want to do anything stupid and hurt it.
you want to change the oil in the spring when you take it out of storage.

Changing before you put it away is the wrong time to change it.. you want to change the oil when it comes out of storage.

If the garage is heated, you don't need to change it unless it makes you feel good, or you are at the recommended interval.

If the garage is not heated, you change the oil to remove any condensation that put water into the oil.. The oil pan, for example, would have frost or water droplets at certian times from the temp changes (when you go below the dew point).

All I do is a good washjob, coat of wax and remove,cover with a car cover, and remove battery cable. My Garage is heated.
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Old 09-15-2009, 01:34 PM   #8
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Definitely a battery tender.
I have one that stays on board the convertible. It is permanently mounted beside the battery.
The parasitic milli-amp drainage from radio memory, ECU, etc. will drain a battery enough not to start the car within a couple of weeks.
I change the oil in the spring due to possible condensation in the motor.
I add Sta-Bil to the fuel tank when I put a half tank at the end of the season.
I also go for a drive for about 1/2 hour or longer 3 or 4 times when the roads are really dry. I think that minimizes the flat spots on the tires.
I cover it up with a good cover.

I like the idea of dryer sheets; I'll try that this year.
Last winter and 3 winters ago I had tenants in the blower motor.
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:58 PM   #9
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Thank you all for your suggestions. It's been really helpful.
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Old 10-17-2009, 04:23 PM   #10
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I'll be storing it inside my garage. I thought of starting it once a week just cause.... I only have 108 miles on it. I don't expect to have much more this year. Should I still change the oil? And what is a battery tender? Would it be better to start once a week or fully store it until spring? I just don't want to do anything stupid and hurt it.
This is exactly what I do.
I start the car every once a week and leave the battery disconnected. By doing this, I keep the tires from getting flat spots and all moving componets moving.
My car does not get driven at all anyways, so this is what I do year round.
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:23 PM   #11
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I'm glad someone posted this question. I've been wondering how to store my 'maro and my boyfriend and my father keep telling me different things. This has been very helpful. Thanks everyone.
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:01 PM   #12
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I've been storing this 87 gta a every winter for 20 years (only 39,000miles) and all I due is service it and put a battery maintainer on it. I also try to run it couple of times on nice days. Never had any problems. I'll be doing the same with my wifes camaro.
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:30 PM   #13
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Here is web site from GM that talks about storing a car

http://wiki.gmnext.com/wiki/index.ph...ehicle_Storage
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:28 PM   #14
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My motor guy (machine shop owner) says to change the oil before storage. The old oil contains strong contaminants from unburnt fuel and heat damage. This will eat the soft metal bearings without even running. I also use a Car Jacket.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:44 PM   #15
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Is it OK to put a trickle charger on the battery even if it's covered? Or, is it best to disconnect the battery? But if you disconnect battery, does it lose all radio memory? Will we have to reset bluetooth? Not worried about the stations.
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:04 PM   #16
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During the fall we tore down our single car garage to build a dual car and for various reasons we haven't been able to finish the build and my car may just be stored outside :( I need to find indoor storage ASAP
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:57 PM   #17
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Last year I filled the tank with 93 octane, put Stabil in the gas, pumped the tires up to about 45 lbs, put a trickle charger on the battery , did not change the oil since it had less than 900 miles on it, put my Cover King cover on it , and left it in my garage for 6 months. Turned the key in April started right up. Changed the oil etc and it was good for another season.


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Old 11-19-2014, 08:46 PM   #18
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Last year I filled the tank with 93 octane, put Stabil in the gas, pumped the tires up to about 45 lbs, put a trickle charger on the battery , did not change the oil since it had less than 900 miles on it, put my Cover King cover on it , and left it in my garage for 6 months. Turned the key in April started right up. Changed the oil etc and it was good for another season.


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That's what I do every year , except I haven't put a trickle charger on it . But I will put a trickle charger now that the battery has a few years on it . Starts every time , like it never knew it was put away .
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And also the dryer sheets to keep the mice at bay .
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I keep seeing the talk about the trickle charger and now I want one. Anyone have suggestions on good ones? I googled it but there are so many options, I don't know what is the cheap chinese garbage that'll ruin my battery, and what is the good one that I can use for years to come...?
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:57 AM   #21
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Last year I filled the tank with 93 octane, put Stabil in the gas, pumped the tires up to about 45 lbs, put a trickle charger on the battery , did not change the oil since it had less than 900 miles on it, put my Cover King cover on it , and left it in my garage for 6 months. Turned the key in April started right up. Changed the oil etc and it was good for another season.


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I fill the tires to 45 PSI too. Changed the oil and filter. Fill the tank, add stabil. Hook up the battery tender under the hood. Place some moisture removers inside the trunk, and interior, along with a couple bounce sheets and deodorizer rock bags. I will start it in the spring and be ready for the new season.
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:20 PM   #22
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I got a 4X8 sheet of the foamboard insulation stuff they use on houses. Cut it into 4 squares and park on top of those. I didn't air up my tires last winter and no flat spots. It worked well.
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I got a 4X8 sheet of the foamboard insulation stuff they use on houses. Cut it into 4 squares and park on top of those. I didn't air up my tires last winter and no flat spots. It worked well.
I didn't mention it, but I have those foam squares on my garage floor and I do something similar to what you do by placing a couple extra squares together and putting them over the existing squares at the 4 corners of the car. Cheap insurance I guess.

I park my truck in the garage next to the Camaro, so I am coming and going in there. I think my activity might keep the mice out. But it wouldn't hurt to throw some of those dryer sheets around a bit.
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I've been storing this 87 gta a every winter for 20 years (only 39,000miles) and all I due is service it and put a battery maintainer on it. I also try to run it couple of times on nice days. Never had any problems. I'll be doing the same with my wifes camaro.
Dude, that's bad assery right there! Nice car!
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So many mixed opinions here. Here's what I've always done on any of my new or antique cars that I'm storing indoors:

Wash the car, add sta/blizer to the gas, disconnect the neg battery cable, put Bounce dryer sheet throughout the car,
use a good car cover and most important LET IT SIT.
Starting a cold car every couple weeks is a bad idea. There is absolutely no reason to do it imo.
When your ready to use the car again, charge and connect the battery, and drive it at least an hour- fill it up with fresh
gas, change the oil and filter and your good to go.
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