As its July I can't help but think:
Our lakes only freeze within the top 2~3' of surface. Below that temperature level remains around or above freezing. That is where I have stored my boat for the past three winters. I just check on it a few times throughout the winter to make sure the anchor is still firmly attached. I suggest you sink the bus, just be sure you use the appropriate anchor for the lakebed.
Put sta-bil in the gas and top off the tank, I would recommend driving it a bit to ensure you get that gas distributed.
Wash the car before you store it. Cover it in storage.
Change the oil before you store it.
Do not use the e-brake for long term storage.
Disconnect the Battery.
Spread mothballs around it to prevent critters.
Consider putting it on jackstands to keep the tires from flat-spotting
^note that a few of these can be omitted if you have continued access to the car and can start/drive it from time to time. Firing it up and running all the systems (heater, AC if equipped, etc) is best if possible. Temperature control is also nice, again if possible.
You shouldn't need to do anything special to store a vehicle over the winter except disconnect the battery and take it inside.
Next stupid thread.
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Stabilize the gas, park on plywood, disconect battery, stuff rags in the exhaust pipe, use peppermint oil in the engine bay and interior(apparently works better than mothballs. Smells better too).
Park it and walk away until it is time to take it out in the spring.
2009 Mazda 6 GS V6
2008 Suzuki Hayabusa
Last edited by FissionMailed; 07-16-2012 at 01:20 PM.
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Then your car is not in storage and you don't need to do any of the other things you said.
Park car don't start it until you plan to USE it again.
Without actually taking the car out getting EVERYTHING up to full temp including oil and keeping it there for an extended period of time you are doing more harm then good. During winter months this may not even be possible to do without flogging the hell out of the car.
What purpose does that serve a car in storage?
Sorry you were wrong get over it.
I said run all systems. This implies that you get it up to temp and take it through its paces.Without actually taking the car out getting EVERYTHING up to full temp including oil and keeping it there for an extended period of timeThen your car is not in storage and you don't need to do any of the other things you said.It's like a friggen echo in here.note that a few of these can be omitted if you have continued access to the car and can start/drive it from time to time
I did, you are still wrong, your car is not in storage then it is just parked in between uses. Who posts asking what to do with their car between uses? You don't winterize a house and come flush the toilet every few weeks...
You said firing it up is best if possible.. no firing it up is the WORST possible thing you can do. What purpose does going and driving a car that is stored serve?
Running all the systems in no way implies run it until your oil is up to temperature of an extended period of time to make sure you burn off all the water you just mixed into your oil for no damn reason because some guy on the internet told to start the car every so often.
Why are you not crying about the other guy who told you that you were completely wrong as well?
No one else told me I was "completely wrong" and I never said anything about just "firing it up." I said run the car from time to time if possible and you all jumped on my ****. I never disagreed with you. You're just being abrasive just to be abrasive.
When did I ever say to just fire the car up real quick and shut it off before it warmed up? I make 8 points, you take issue with one, that you misinterpreted and now I'm 100% off?
Better yet, don't answer that, I'm done. This devolved into a bitch-fest way too fast.
All I do is pull my car in the garage, disconnect the battery, add sta-bil and go inside. My garage isn't heated but it likely doesn't get as cold as a storage unit since it is attacjed to the house.
On a nice winter day I might want to go for a drive and knowing I had to take off jackstands would ruin that real quick.
The rest of your steps were good, but just park it and forget it.
2009 Mazda 6 GS V6
2008 Suzuki Hayabusa