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Old 10-05-2010, 10:33 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Ultimate Guide to Storing Your 6thgen For The Winter

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Winter Storage Procedure
  1. Put in fresh oil/filter and change the anti-freeze (does depend on the car/system). It's also a good idea to bleed the brakes so there is fresh brake fluid in the system.
  2. Fill the gas with fresh fuel from a top quality station using high octane (no alcohol if you can help it). Top it off, but not to the top of the neck, leave room for it to expand and contract with the temps. Use a gas preservative such as sta-bil.
  3. Put plenty of air in the tires (over inflate slightly). 5 to 15 pounds should be enough.
  4. Make sure the car is thoroughly washed, including the underbody.
  5. Wash and wax your car right before storing it.
  6. Store the car only when it is dry.
  7. Make sure the car has had a good run on the highway before storing it. By getting your car up to operating temperature it helps to burn off contaminants in the oil and it also gets rid of moisture in the crankcase and the exhaust system.
  8. To stop moisture from getting under the car put a couple layers of plastic sheeting under the entire car and several feet either side/ends. This plastic is cheap and a good vapor barrier.
  9. Close all the windows and put the system on max a/c to close the outside vent. If the garage is heated, then the window can be left open a small crack to allow air circulation.
  10. Put a large bag of desiccant gel inside the car. This absorbs excess moisture in the air. Put them in a pie tin on the floor of the car. You can also place an open box of Baking Soda on the floor of the car to absorb moisture. The Passenger Side floor works fine.
  11. Treat all rubber with a good rubber cleaner/conditioner. Meguires makes a good one. Clean your interior and vacuum it out, use leather cleaner/conditioner and vinyl cleaner/conditioner as required. Do NOT use water on the carpets/seats right before storage, mold and mildew will follow. Do NOT treat inside surfaces with Armor-All (or similar) products before storing your car. They contain a lot of water and chemicals that can encourage mildew and mold. You may get a musty spell concentrated over the winter.
  12. Take out the battery and store it inside, and trickle charge it once a month. If storing the battery outside the car, place it on wood blocks.
  13. If storing the car on the wheels, place cardboard or old carpet pieces under the tire to separate from the cold concrete. If you put the car on jack stands, use them under the suspension so all the bushings and springs are the way they are supposed to be, and not drooping down. Drooping from the weight of the wheels etc is hard on the suspension, and exposes parts to rust that normally are hidden.
  14. If the car is manual, leave it in gear. Use wheel blocks to prevent it from rolling.
  15. If the car is stored on its wheels, it may be helpful to roll the car slightly once a month.
  16. Never set the parking brake. The brake shoes or pads could stick to the drums or rotors or the cables could rust or freeze up during storage. Use wheel blocks.
  17. Put steel wool or rolled up scotch-brite pads in the tailpipes.
  18. IMPORTANT!!!!! It is far better to let your car sit for four or five months without starting it, than to start it once a week, or once a month and let it sit for 10 minutes. NEVER start your car unless you plan on driving it on the highway for at least 1/2 hour and get it to full operating temp. Doing otherwise will just load the engine and exhaust with moisture to start rust etc.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: Ultimate Guide to Storing Your 6thgen For The Winter

Thank you I was just about ot ask this question too since I am about to store mine in a few months. Although mine is getting stored for 3YEARS!!!!!!!!! So I am still curious as what to do about the other fluids, I know there is fuel stabalizer for the fuel, but as far as Oil, Anti-Freeze, etc..., can I still follow this guide? I'm sure the storage place will give me info also, as I will also ask more questions too
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6thgen makes a ulitmate winter machine lolz riding in style
i think if your too low or have body kits then its beneficial
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thats an interesting read.
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awesome writeup eddy
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Great info here for people that store there cars for the winter.
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Default Re: Ultimate Guide to Storing Your 6thgen For The Winter

what does the steel wool in your exhaust do?
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the steel wool absorbs moisture I would think....nice write up!
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I doubt it absorbs moisture; not really porous. It's probably to prevent critters from going in there, like when they put it in weep holes in brick houses.
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Very helpful information. Thank you. I quit driving my machine 6months ago. Just take it out for special occasions as long as it doesn't rain(LOL). I was wondering what I should do. My garage does have a certain amount of heat and it never freezes inside. It's good to know about the moisture. I drove my car Sunday for the first time in 3 months for a 185 mile ride in the mountains. It has only been driven 800 miles since the last oil change almost 4 months ago. Do you think I need to change the oil again before it sits for most of the winter?

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Any recommendations on getting a daily driver ready for winter?
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Default Re: Ultimate Guide to Storing Your 6thgen For The Winter

Bump, old thread but good info. Wish I found it sooner. I didn't know it's better to let it sit without starting than to occasionally start it. I've started it once a week for 15
Minutes for the last two winters. Again, good info for those that store their cars.

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