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Nerk 12-02-2011 12:17 PM

E30 night night time... storing tips anyone?
Hey guys, just wanted to check in... haven't been on here for a while,

I finally got the majority of my restoration work this spring/summer, and boy what a difference... the Turner Motorsport chip and the 173 ECU swap really woke the car up..

I do have to thank Alex at ACP, he made it all happen, without him, I'd be still trying to work on the damn car.

Project list included:
  • Custom CAI install
    New CAT + Remus muffler
    Smiley H4 headlight conversion kit install
    Fix body damage to front passenger side and replace AC dryer
    New Gas tank + filler tube, pumps and filter install
    SS brake lines and painted calipers
    ECU swap + TMS chip
    PS pump replacement (it was constantly leaking from the pulley)
    and probably other things i just can't think of right now

Anyhow, glad all this is finally done, it was bugging me for a while, the car no longer has an exhaust leak or have a hint of gas smell in my garage... still have a few more things to do, but they are minor, license plate lights rusted out, trunk leaks (thinking its the tail light gaskets now, already replaced the seal)

So, the car is off the road, its a clean shell, so trying to keep it clean... I fllled her up on 30th and took it for a drive with some fuel line antifreeze... besides the obvious battery maintenance task (its coming indoors for the winter on a trickle charger) what else should I be doing? I've read things like depressurizing the fuel system, putting it up on jack stands, putting it fresh oil etc... is that really necessary? I don't mind doing it, but would be more of hassle if I do need to take the car out of the garage to do some wood working or anything of that sort...

Just wanted to get some thoughts out... what does everyone else do?


DR.ZED 12-03-2011 09:39 AM

Fuel stabilizer in tank then fill it up. Drive it home. Plug in battery tender.

Now about before or after oil change. Let the debate begin! :)

Okay chaange the oil and put in cheap stuff. Drain it in spring and put your reg oil in?

BMW BMXer 12-03-2011 10:27 AM

When I stored the car DR. ZED now has I did exactly as he said, I didn't start it after I stored it either (until the summer) I just left it.

I changed the oil first. If I recall.

Oh fill your exhaust with something if you are worried about critters.

Ceeker 12-03-2011 12:05 PM

You don't need to change the oil. unless you want a fresh start in the spring. Take the plugs out and spray some lubricant in the chamber and put the plugs back in.
put a couple bottles of fuel stabilizer in a full tank of gas. pump the tires up higher then the recommended tire pressure( 50psi+) to avoid possible flat spotting after sitting. This will make the tire really round. disconnect the positive terminal on the battery and this will avoid draining but if it is stored outside in cold climate garage throw a trickle charge on the battery. e30's don't have much electronics to worry bout. you'll just have to reset the OBC and radio code.

doogee 12-03-2011 12:38 PM

Whatever you do, don't listen to the people who say "start the car up everyone week or so."

Condensation will build up and make a mess of your oil. It's best just to leave it alone until spring.

El Gato Liso 12-03-2011 07:41 PM

just park don't need to do anything.

cormier 12-03-2011 11:56 PM

^ besides shedding a tear or two!

magnus 12-04-2011 04:38 PM

put it on stands and remove wheels.

everlast 12-05-2011 12:44 AM

I put a battery tender on mine.

MaxBell 12-05-2011 12:56 AM


Originally Posted by magnus (Post 1537658)
put it on stands and remove wheels.

Not good to just let the suspension hang though. When I stored by Beetle, I put it on stands, but I put them on the outermost portion of the suspension, to keep it in a natural state.

davericher20 12-05-2011 01:15 PM

don't put it on stands, (it exposes the suspension to rust and they aren't in their natural state) Put fresh oil in before and after storing, (you don't wante used sludge sitting in there for months) fuel stablizer, trickle charger, plug the exhaust and try to have the tires on carpet, (it'll reduce flat spots) Don't store it wet, Don't store it wet. annnnnd don't store it wet. Make sure it's clean if you use a tarp or cover.

And leave it until you need it again.

And don't store it wet.

everlast 12-05-2011 01:54 PM

Anyone ever try over-inflating tires to help flat spots? Good call on the carpet, i'll be doing that. I sold all my spare sets of wheels and now I don't have any storage wheels. Boo.

E30M42cab 12-05-2011 11:40 PM

I would never store my car on the tires/rims that I drive on. Tires might flat spot, although I feel thats a myth. I'm driving my vert right now on their storage wheels which always go next to flat every year, and they drive fine right now. I call "old wives tale" on flat spotting. I'd even call "pure bullshit" on the flat spotting issue. Actually, I store it on on my storage set because I don't want any of you punks stealing my rims over the winter.

Fuel stabilizer. Use as recommended. Full tank of gas.

Do no engage the parking brake unless you want it seized up when you release it in the spring. Leave it out of gear too... just chock one wheel.

Disconnect battery. I've never had one go dead when it's completely disconnected. Trickle charger is a waste of time.

Cloth up the exhaust pipe.

I usually pull fuse 11 while the car is running and let the fuel lines go dry. I'd rather not have my fuel syphen out if a line decides to crack.

Keep dust off the car by using the car itself as a shelf for all sorts of crap so it's burried in camo all winter.

Remove some of the cool parts like your baddass Recaro's and beauty Nardi steering wheels... harder to steal parts that aren't there, and harder to steal the car with no seats/wheel/fuel pump fuse... unless you're towing it of course.

Kiss it goodnight, and pet the hood a couple times. It likes that. Get in your winter e30 and drive away.

Works for me, year after year. 50% of the time, it starts every time.

MaxBell 12-06-2011 12:34 AM

I pet the bitch's hood.

Bitches love hood pets.

Woofer 12-06-2011 01:23 AM


Originally Posted by MaxBell (Post 1537939)
I pet the bitch's hood.

Bitches love hood pets.

Lol oh yea hahahahah

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