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Old 12-20-2016, 01:23 PM   #1
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What does everyone do for their cars when they store them for the winter?

Mine is on a battery tender now in my garage with a cover over it.

Do any of you guys put the car up? Any other tips you care to share.

Thanks to all and Happy holidays.
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Old 12-20-2016, 02:33 PM   #2
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Suggest a search. There are many, many lengthy, detailed threads on this.
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Old 12-20-2016, 04:04 PM   #3
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Suggest a search. There are many, many lengthy, detailed threads on this.
In fact there is one towards the bottom of this first page ů

https://rennlist.com/forums/993-turb...3-storage.html
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Old 12-29-2016, 06:59 PM   #4
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Hey Campy. This is jealousy rearing it's ugly head...but.....why would a Texan ever need to worry about vehicle hibernation?!
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Here are the main things:

All maintenance up to date
Fresh oil
Fuel stabilized (1 ounce per 2.5 gal gas)
Battery maintainer
Tires to 55-58 PSI
Indoor car cover
Suspend car insurance (collision) and save $$
Locked doors
Secure keys


Extra steps to consider:

Desiccant in cabin
Park on thick mill painter's tarp
Do NOT leave suspension unsprung



Don't start the car until Spring. When ready in the spring, pull DME Fuel Relay, crank engine a few seconds, replace relay, fire engine. Road trip. Fresh gas.
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Old 12-29-2016, 07:29 PM   #6
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Hey Campy. This is jealousy rearing it's ugly head...but.....why would a Texan ever need to worry about vehicle hibernation?!
my specific situation is more about lack of use then hibernation per se Ronnie … variables work out to be kinda the same

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Old 12-30-2016, 07:16 PM   #7
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Here are the main things:

All maintenance up to date
Fresh oil
Fuel stabilized (1 ounce per 2.5 gal gas)
Battery maintainer
Tires to 55-58 PSI
Indoor car cover
Suspend car insurance (collision) and save $$
Locked doors
Secure keys


Extra steps to consider:

Desiccant in cabin
Park on thick mill painter's tarp
Do NOT leave suspension unsprung



Don't start the car until Spring. When ready in the spring, pull DME Fuel Relay, crank engine a few seconds, replace relay, fire engine. Road trip. Fresh gas.
..easier to park on foam pads than change tire pressure and don't forget the sunflower seed loaded mouse traps.
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Old 01-03-2017, 05:33 PM   #8
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.Don't start the car until Spring. When ready in the spring, pull DME Fuel Relay, crank engine a few seconds, replace relay, fire engine. Road trip. Fresh gas.
I would add to turn the engine over with the DME relay pulled every month or so. This circulates the oil, splashes exposed surfaces including the cams, and repositions the pistons (so the rings are at the different stopped position in the barrels) and the cam rockers, so different cams are in the open positions.

There are no factual studies that I have seen that this makes a difference, but it makes sense to me.

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As **** as I am, this just seems a bit over the top to me Mike. Aren't you worried about burning/wearing out your starter motor?
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No worries - I think a 10 second crank every month is not going to significantly add wear, and its much cheaper to replace a starter than have a broken ring ...

You can argue that its good for the starter too, to have the solenoid move once in a while rather than freeze up ...

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I start up my cars every two weeks and let it get up to temperature. Never had a problem in 35 years.
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I start up my cars every two weeks and let it get up to temperature. Never had a problem in 35 years.
Do you drive them or let them idle to warm up? An air cooled car takes quite a while to really get up to temperate if idling, and one can argue it never will on a cold day since the thermostat may not trigger to get the oil to the front cooler. Once trick is to put a blanket on the rear hood grill for quicker warmups.

For me, I do not like long idling times on engines, so unless I get a chance to actually drive the car, I am going to stick to cold cranking. Not as long experience as you, its only worked for me for the last 23 years.

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I let them idle get them up to the right temperature and shut them down. I have an air cooled turbo and water cooled turbo. Never had a single problem.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:38 PM   #14
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Mine go into Car Jackets after an oil change. Batteries are removed and stored in the basement on tenders. Hope to be moving soon to a place where I can enjoy the toys all year.
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Interesting, never seen these before.
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