Winter Storage

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Winter Storage

Postby Larry Jowdy » Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:40 am

Here's the procedure. wash and wax your car and when you've finished all of the storage preparations, cover it with a good car cover.

Raise the car and put it on jackstands. Inflate the tires to their recommended pressure, drain the oil and refill.

Drain the fuel from the carb's. Remove the battery and place it on a battery tender.
If you don't have a full tank of gas, your gas tank could rust so, add StaBil to the gasoline per their recommendations.

During Storage, some people like to rotate the engine to avoid the valve springs from developing a memory but it's not necessary if you're only storing it for the winter.

Depending on where you live, guard against critters making a nest inside your car. If the humidity gets real low, I'd suggest you keep a bucket of water inside the car to prevent everything from drying out.

Next year, change oil before you start the car. Remove the spark plugs and crank the engine until oil pressure registers on your gauge.
Re-install spark plugs. Fill with fresh gasoline. Re-install battery, check air pressure, lower car, drive car.

To simplify this procedure, move to Arizona
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Postby Larry Jowdy » Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:19 am

ps to the above.

Wayne, who lives in an igloo in Canada has offered the following.



A couple of additions to the winterization list:

1. If you're unable to get your car on jackstands and off the tires, tire manufacturers recommend that you inflate the tires to maximum pressure when the vehicle will be sitting on them for an extended period (remember to reset pressures in the spring).

2. Scatter \"Bounce\" brand dryer sheets inside the vehicle.
They smell better than mothballs and are as effective if not more, at keeping rodents from finding a new home in your car.

3. Should we fog our engines? I can't remember if you mentioned that.

thanks for the tips
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Much as been said about fogging your engine, this means spraying the inside and outside of the carb's and the inside of each cylinder via the spark plug hole with spray oil called \"Fogging oil\".

Fogging oil is an anticorrosive that will protect the internal surfaces of the carburetor and the cylinders and is usually available at auto parts stores in colder climates.
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Postby Larry Jowdy » Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:09 am

Since gasoline looses its octane at a rapid rate and because it tends to break down and turn into varnish, the following is also recommended.

Regardless of the climate, and if the car is going to be stored for an extended period of time, it's my opinion that the tank should be full and the required amount of StaBil added to the fuel. This includes diesel powered vehicles.
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