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Old 08-16-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Your opinion regarding winter storage.

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to get an insight for the people that store their cars in winter time.(I did search, on google and here, just want some opinions.)

Should I put mine up on stands all winter ?
Should I put any Additives ? If so, what do you guys suggest.
Plus any suggestions you guys have besides what I do, i'm all ears.

I usually do the following:

- Disconnect Battery
- Tarp underneath the car (for any moisture build up that may happen from the concrete)
- Rag in all muffler tips
- Wheel Covers
- crappy wheels with crappy tires (don't want any flat spots on my summer wheels)
- Not in gear, no handbrake engaged. (I use wheel chocks.This would be null if I end up putting the car on stands all winter.)
- Fresh oil change before storage
- Gas topped up all the way
- Car Cover ---- STILL LOOKING TO BUY ONE IF ANYONE IS SELLING ONE.

Thanks !

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Old 08-16-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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concrete doesn't build up moisture, it wicks moisture away from tires. (your tires will flat spot and dry out on concrete) put styrofoam under the tires. I've started storing my car on the summer wheels, few extra PSI and blankets under the wheels = no problems

In gear doesn't matter, ebrake down.

Everything else you're right on the money.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #3
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concrete doesn't build up moisture, it wicks moisture away from tires. (your tires will flat spot and dry out on concrete) put styrofoam under the tires. I've started storing my car on the summer wheels, few extra PSI and blankets under the wheels = no problems

In gear doesn't matter, ebrake down.

Everything else you're right on the money.
That's good to know, thought it was the other way around. I played it safe by using crappy tires on different wheels.

What's your opinion on stands for winter time ? I thought mainly it's because for the suspension not to be compressed sitting there all winter. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:29 AM   #4
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you'll wear out and dry out the bushings on your suspension if you leave it decompressed. (particularly in the rear). No reason to jack it up, leave it on the wheels, if you have storage wheels you're set.

rags in tailpipe, air filter, etc is for mice.


also throw some baking soda in the cabin and trunk to keep things dry and prevent mold
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you'll wear out and dry out the bushings on your suspension if you leave it decompressed. (particularly in the rear). No reason to jack it up, leave it on the wheels, if you have storage wheels you're set.

rags in tailpipe, air filter, etc is for mice.


also throw some baking soda in the cabin and trunk to keep things dry and prevent mold
Ok perfect. Leaving it on stands was my main concern. That clears it up.

Thanks a lot !
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:38 AM   #6
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put down some carpet under the tires if you are worried about drying out your tires.

you can find peoples old dirty carpet on garbage day
good advice above too. let it sit normally.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:13 PM   #7
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dryer sheets also work and make it smell frooosh
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nah, you want to let the old crayons bmw smell get nice a ripe.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:51 PM   #9
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LOL put a box of crayola into the car. Will smell like a vdub
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:57 PM   #10
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Dont forget the fuel stabilizer. I use Sta-bil, you can get one from CT or walmart.

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+1 on the fuel stabilizer.

I also try to (if its a dry day) just before parking it, I brake a couple times really hard.

I remember hearing that you shouldn't change the oil just before storage, don't exactly remember why...but I usually put fresh oil in the spring.
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no idea on the brakes, dont see why that would matter.

i would always recommend storing the car with clean oil.


running the AC for a few minutes before storing it is a good idea, as the refrigerant has a lubricant mixed in with it that preserves lines and seals.

i do usually put fuel stabilizer, but if you use good gas its very unlikely that it will go bad in 6 months. keeping the gas tank full prevents humidity from building up inside the tank.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:29 AM   #13
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no idea on the brakes, dont see why that would matter.

i would always recommend storing the car with clean oil.
Well I brake hard a few times before storage to remove moisture...I find that even when I let my car sit for a few weeks the rotors turn a rusty colour and braking before storing from my experience prevents this.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:57 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the good comments guys. Will be picking up fuel stabilizer as well.

What's everyone's thought on a car being in "storage" mode, but taking it for a few drives during winter on those weird and unexpected nice days ?

I would guess leaving the car there for 6 months with all the prep is better than a few drivers here and there, but I would like to see what everyone thinks.
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also leave the parking brake off
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