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Old 18-Nov-2003, 10:28 AM
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Any Winter Storage Prep Tips?

Well i was able to afford a winter beater this year, well, kind of afford, it's definetly a beater.

Anyways, I thought this might be good for more people than just me, if we could get some tips on storing the civic for the winter.

Just things you should do to help your car survive sitting (hopefully in doors) for the winter, and come out ready to rock come springy sunny weather.

SO, with that said.. any tips, or advice???


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change oil, take out battery, fill up fuel tank, put in fuel stabilizer, put on jackstands, remove wheels, wax car, wax door jambs, use silicone spray on rubber weatherstriping, put a towel under the windshield wipers between the glass and the arm so the blades are suspended over the glass, clean and vacuum the interior, maybe even put a bowl of baking soda and a bowl of salt in the interior. The salt will remove moisture content from the air, and the baking soda will remove any smell of stale air. Grease your latches and hinges on all doors/trunk/hood, and also oil the antenna. Be sure you have the security code handy for restarting the car - the battery removal will make the radio useless if you lost the code. that's all I can think of for now... besides if you have the Honda owners manual, it's all in there. For startup, take out spark plugs, put some 0W30 oil in there and let it sit for an hour - crank the car, then put the spark plugs back in, and then start it.
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hahaha
Dude, that took you not even 10 minutes after i posted...



okay so i think bruno just about covered it.... lol

everyone else is toooo slow.



bruno, you're amazing



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Originally posted by bbarbulo
change oil, take out battery, fill up fuel tank, put in fuel stabilizer, put on jackstands, remove wheels, wax car, wax door jambs, use silicone spray on rubber weatherstriping, put a towel under the windshield wipers between the glass and the arm so the blades are suspended over the glass, clean and vacuum the interior, maybe even put a bowl of baking soda and a bowl of salt in the interior. The salt will remove moisture content from the air, and the baking soda will remove any smell of stale air. Grease your latches and hinges on all doors/trunk/hood, and also oil the antenna. Be sure you have the security code handy for restarting the car - the battery removal will make the radio useless if you lost the code. that's all I can think of for now... besides if you have the Honda owners manual, it's all in there. For startup, take out spark plugs, put some 0W30 oil in there and let it sit for an hour - crank the car, then put the spark plugs back in, and then start it.
Nice write up...the only thing i do different is I dont take off the wheels anymore, i just move the car about a foot every other week or so. I have done both ways and find there is no difference and i would rather have my car on the ground when i do work on it. And i put a bar of soap in a paper towel under the seat to give it a nice (not to powerful) smell.
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So removing the battery makes an aftermarket deck useless?
or are you talking about OEM?
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Old 18-Nov-2003, 05:18 PM
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If you have a stock deck it has a code built in....you cant use the unit if you dont have the code....aftermarket decks are not affected by this
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good advice
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Originally posted by lordm
good advice
I second that
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You may want to park the car on 4 pieces of insullation...like pillows for your tires and rimms.......i use the blue stuff...yes it can hold the weight of the car!
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I SAY **** IT AND USE THE CAR FOR THE WINTER IF SO MUCH NEEDS TO BE DONE JSUT TO PRESERVE A HONDA. DOES IT MAKE SENSE?



*edit* size not appreciated
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whats the point of taking out the battery? shouldnt i start my car every day or week or so?
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NightShark.... no the car does not have to be started every week or so. It's a controvertial topic, some say it's good for the car to get started, some say it's bad for the car to idle for no reason. The owners manual says you don't have to start it, so we'll go with that!! The battery can take alot of abuse if it's just left there-that battery is a starting battery, not a deep cycle... so it's best to keep it on a batery-mider for the winter. Think of it as life support for the battery.
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Originally posted by bbarbulo
change oil, take out battery, fill up fuel tank, put in fuel stabilizer, put on jackstands, remove wheels, wax car, wax door jambs, use silicone spray on rubber weatherstriping, put a towel under the windshield wipers between the glass and the arm so the blades are suspended over the glass, clean and vacuum the interior, maybe even put a bowl of baking soda and a bowl of salt in the interior. The salt will remove moisture content from the air, and the baking soda will remove any smell of stale air. Grease your latches and hinges on all doors/trunk/hood, and also oil the antenna. Be sure you have the security code handy for restarting the car - the battery removal will make the radio useless if you lost the code. that's all I can think of for now... besides if you have the Honda owners manual, it's all in there. For startup, take out spark plugs, put some 0W30 oil in there and let it sit for an hour - crank the car, then put the spark plugs back in, and then start it.

Great wrireup man! Defienately take his advice
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taking the advice for sure. i got my mom to switch with me to have my car in the garage instead of sitting on the driveway till april. Thank God
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