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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:49 pm    Post subject:  Winter storage tips? Reply with quote

Hate to say it but its close to thinking about the cold weather & fluffy white junk for months Crying or Very sad My 04 Imp does not see snow & usually hides in the garage under a cover for the cold months! I dont have room in the garage this year & have been looking into a storage unit for the winter. I got a good deal for a few months (4) thats right next to my work, so I'm thinking about it. I like to "tinker" & upgrade stuff in the winter but its not possible with the car away from me so its kind of on its own.

I can stop by & start it up when I want to. Lets say it sits for about 4 months, what should I do to prepare it for this? Should I set it on jackstands or on the ground? What about fluids? I think I should at the least change the oil right before storing. The gas has me confused...fill the tank & add "Stabill" or keep it low & add fresh gas once in a while? Start it once a week or so? Temps will get to 0* or so, will that be an issue? Is there anything else I should think about? Should it be under a cover or not? Battery, disconnect & take it home with me or just leave it alone?

Thanks for the tips Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 11:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

some places dont want vehicles or motors in the storage space. nor do they want a motor ran while in the space. idk if you have checked this out or not or if you dont care but it might be something to "ask" or "not ask"

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:08 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Change the oil, fill the tank with ethanol-free gas (if available in your area) Sta-bil either way, and put the car on jackstands to avoid flatspotting the tires. Disconnect the battery and put it on a trickle charger.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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some places dont want vehicles or motors in the storage space. nor do they want a motor ran while in the space. idk if you have checked this out or not or if you dont care but it might be something to "ask" or "not ask"


Agreed. My Dad had to park a car for a 6 month period of time and he initially wanted to have it in a storage unit. No place in the area would allow a car in the actual structure due to liability concerns (it seemed mostly fire risk). Best he could do was slap a cover on the car and park it in a spot in a secured area of the facility.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:33 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I live in Florida, & many neighbors leave their car here while they spend the summer "up north". They do absolutely nothing except disconnect the battery. Every fall they come back, reconnect the battery, turn the ign key, & drive off into the sunset. Not one single neighbor has had a problem with letting the car sit with a tankful of ethanol gas. I'm not saying this is what I'd do, but all my neighbors do absolutely nothing, & their cars run fine. At least the cars sitting in zero temps are not roasting in a constant 95 degree oven. GARY

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies NAIOA

The place I have is cool. I can pop in on it & do whatever (to a point) as long as I'm not crazy. Its one of those long "pole barn" type places & great security that I can see with an app. The unit itself is 20' x 20' I believe...Its big enough to put the car & a few goodies in either way, just not room to move in. Electric is included so I could throw on a trickle charger. Only issue is that its in a open area, so temps will be cold -gets to about 0* plus a serious wind chill. That wont really be a factor but it will see below 0 for many days.

I can put it up on jackstands, seems to make sense Wink So a full tank of gas & sta-bil, fresh oil & maybe a trickle charger or just take the battery with me. Should I put the cover on it & maybe crack the windows a bit? What about "critters" like mice? The place is next to a highway, kind of in the country. Somebody said throw mothballs around the unit (not in the car!) & its ok. ??

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