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Old 22-Aug-2003, 01:06 PM
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Question: Storing a car over winter without seizing anything....

ok im thinking of putting my car away from september to probably late february or even march.


what is the proper way to store it and make sure problems wont occur when i go to start it up again


im thinking of putting it up on jack stands on all four taking the rims off so the tires dont get flat spots.

What about oil levels, gas tank levels? fluids etc


if someone could let me know that would be great!


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Old 22-Aug-2003, 01:55 PM
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try using the search function, i know that there were a few different threads on this same topic last winter

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If it's just for the winter the tires won't flatspot. The stands are up to you. Fill up a full tank of gas. Put some fuel stabilizer in there if you really want to. Put cardboard on the ground underneath the car. This prevents moisture working it's way up to your vehicle. Don't set your ebrake. Put something in front of your wheel to keep it from rolling anywhere. Get a good car cover if you're thinking about it. No cheap stuff from walmart. Plug your exhaust up if you're paranoid of little critters making a home in there over the winter. Look at it everyday and pray spring comes early.
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-use jackstands
-put in fuel stabilizer
-grease most of the bushings
-I would spray all the links/bolts with lube - teflon stuff
-put little oil down the plugs (prevents - gas dried out rings cyl wash)
-put some air freshners in the cabin


-etc etc
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Also.....

-disconnect your battery
-take your rims off and bring them indoors. Put them on top of a flat peice of wood, ie....plywood, and pile the tires on top of one another
-leave the windows open a bit so that you don't get that mildew smell (get one of those air fresheners that fight that smell)

Other than that.....read this....

http://www.techguys.ca/howto/winter.html


and this...

http://www.78ta.com/jack.htm
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Old 22-Aug-2003, 06:31 PM
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Originally posted by PULOVR
-take your rims off and bring them indoors. Put them on top of a flat peice of wood, ie....plywood, and pile the tires on top of one another
the proper way to store rims and tires is upright as if they were on the car .... not stacked on top of each other.....
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Old 23-Aug-2003, 01:01 AM
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i love people and their gas stabalizer ****, listen man, no one needs that ****, just start your car every week or so, and everything will be good, as for tires, i store my bike every winter and don't touch the tires, and never get flat spots, and for bushings, and such unless you want to disassemble your bushings and grease all the bolts it isn't going to make a difference anyway, bolts don't move inside bushings when you're driving the car anyway
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duge gas does go bad, so gas stabilizer is a good idea.

ive also heard that u shouldn't put a full tank of gas, around 1/2 to 3/4 should be good.

also check out the quebec civics club site, it had a long *** description of what u should do when storing your car in the winter. very informative.
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Old 23-Aug-2003, 01:19 PM
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Originally posted by bdotdan
duge gas does go bad, so gas stabilizer is a good idea.

ive also heard that u shouldn't put a full tank of gas, around 1/2 to 3/4 should be good.

also check out the quebec civics club site, it had a long *** description of what u should do when storing your car in the winter. very informative.

i'll agree with you on the gas going bad thing.... i worked for sunoco a long time ago and we went through gas properties and all that garbage.... starting your car once a week will only move the gas around.... it still goes crappy though....


but for the filling thing it should be as full as poosible to prevent the inside of your fuel tank from corroding
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Old 24-Aug-2003, 12:48 AM
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Originally posted by gatherer


the proper way to store rims and tires is upright as if they were on the car .... not stacked on top of each other.....
Well, TOYO, GOODYEAR, BF GOODRICH, EAGLE...ect... recomends the method I posted.
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does it honestly make a difference though?? there are just gonna be sitting there all winter
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I never asked why........my guess is that it saves floor space, and they don'y roll around.
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You should store it with a full tank of gas and gas stabalizer! This makes sure the is no room for condensation to build up. I have also read that you should only start the car if you can take it for a 20-30 min drive to get it up to temp. I read this in the Toronto Star some time ago.
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If you're storing a car I still don't understand why people still want to start thier car all the time. Just park it and leave it. The site that Alan posted had some great info, I'll be doing similar things for my baby in 2 months.

I just found my storage and it's only $225 for the entire season(Oct - Apr).
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geezzz, i wasn't trying to be mean, i just meant that there were a few threads from last year with some really good info
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So what do you guys think....
Start it once a week?
Or Never?
Also what about preparing a turbo for winter? Just leave it?
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Originally posted by Cee_mon
So what do you guys think....
Start it once a week?
Or Never?
Also what about preparing a turbo for winter? Just leave it?
I would not start it untill you're ready to drive it again. The battery should be removed and taken inside and stored as well.

I purhcased a Ford Porbe Gt Turbo and it was sitting in her driveway for 8 months before I purchased it and have had no problems with the car. Just to check though you might want to check on a DSM website.
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I've had bad experiences with taking the battery inside and leaving it. They've been dead - unchargeable, 2 years in a row. This year I'm going to trickle charge it every so often. Maybe you should look into that too.
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www.dsm.org for the turbo guy
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