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Old 02-02-2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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winter storage question

so heres the deal.. i forgot to put fuel stabilizer in my tank after storing my car this past december... and i havent started, nor was i planning on starting it until april.... should i go fire it up and put some stabilzer in it? its a full tank of sunoco 94.... in the past while storing cars i would start them up periodically... but after some research and speaking wtih a few mechanics i was told its better to let it sit and have the battery on a trickle meter.... any opinions?

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Old 02-02-2009, 01:58 PM   #2
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I filled up my tank and unhooked the battery. No stabilizer, no trickle charger.

It won't start again until April. Might need a little coaxing from a trickle charger a few before but otherwise, it's not a big deal. Cars sit on dealer lots longer than you/we're storing it.
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:02 PM   #3
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nice! thats exactly what i was looking to hear... a little reassurance.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:01 PM   #4
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storing my bimmer

my last 2 cabrios were stored as follows

usually late november (heater gets chance to work)
kept in my heated garage
E brake off and wheels chocked
changed the oil the day before storing
checked all other fluids and topped off
overinflated the tires (about 50 psi)
attached a battery a trickle charger
Fabic softener cloths in interior (keeps mices away, smells nice in spring)
started her up every so ofter (because I could'nt leave it alone)
its a good time to do some exterior maint work
yes - filled up with Sunoce 94

The cars always started!

anyone have anything else they do?
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:28 AM   #5
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i have a heated garage but i do not have the heat on... its bloody expensive to have that thing running 24/7...

ebrake off... (learned the hard way)
i don't change the oil before storing it... (i change the oil just prior to first start up)
checked fluids yes.
overinflated tires yes.
no trickle charger... figure a good boost will get me up and runnin..
no fabric softner... however i did put 3 car airfreshners inside.. (leather smell!!)
do not start up.. ive been advised many times its much harder on the car to start up once a month then once after the 3 or 4 months sitting.
i'll do a full int/ext detail before it moves anywhere.
install rims. and other exterior upgrades!
the only other thing i do is place particlar board underneith each wheel.. it rests on those rather than the concrete floor....

i was thinking about doing an engine flush too... i hate the initial start up.. all that condinsation thats build up kinda sucks...
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:33 PM   #6
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washed and waxed (late November too)
full tank of premium gas- no stabiliser
garaged it
start up once a month on good sunny day, roll out to drive way, warm till engine temp
back and forth car to run the brakes
back to garage, cover it
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:27 AM   #7
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Wow, I’m sure learning a lot from this forum. Next season, I’ll need to take the e brake off, overinflated the tires, and use Fabric softener. I normally start the car up once a month, but something odd happened and maybe someone can help me out. The battery died and I couldn’t boost it with my other car (try many times). I was however able to get it running after a trickle charge. Is there something special I need to know about boosting these cars? It’s a little scary (i.e. if I was stuck somewhere not sure how I would get going again or raise the top.)
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:36 AM   #8
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i know that when im boosting my e36 i have to leave the cables on for a while! and i also have to keep my rpm in the running car at around 2500 rpm
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:38 AM   #9
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I oil spray my cars before storing them in the garage. Fluids changed. Tank filled up and stored in the garage.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:49 AM   #10
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I oil spray my cars before storing them in the garage. Fluids changed. Tank filled up and stored in the garage.
this sounds odd? you don't winter drive your car... yet oil spray it every year before storing it? i don't see the point...
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Keeps the metals covered in a film of oil which prevents any accumulated moisture from rusting over the winter.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:27 PM   #12
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i know that when im boosting my e36 i have to leave the cables on for a while! and i also have to keep my rpm in the running car at around 2500 rpm
Yeah, I did that also. Left it run for 30-40 minutes. Best I could get was the OD and lights working. Very odd I've never had that happen before and I have boosted many cars, I put the trickle charger on and bam she started nicely the next morning.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:29 PM   #13
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Keeps the metals covered in a film of oil which prevents any accumulated moisture from rusting over the winter.
I've heard of this before and I was also planning to do so in the fall, but I ran our of time. Its definately a good idea if you want to keep your car mint.
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I've heard of this before and I was also planning to do so in the fall, but I ran our of time. Its definately a good idea if you want to keep your car mint.
it is a good idea... i've had it done once... but every season i think is a bit of an overkill... not to mention the built up of oil which attracts dirt and dust
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:56 PM   #15
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Half a tank of premium gas, turn it on every 2-4 weeks, let it run till the engine warms up, take it for a 10 min spin, back to garage.
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