So, what do you guys do to get ready for winter storage?
Anything special need done to the car for hibernation? Fuel additives? Car covers? Lets hear your winter plan.
I used to go out of my way for winter storage then i learned for short term storage going crazy is a waste.
Contrary to what i've heard Fuel stays stable for a long time if stored well. a long time being about 1-2 years.
If you plan on storing a car longer then 1 year then you need to get more involved. Typically you store the car over the winter which is maybe 4-5 months. I tend to drive the car up till the last possible day, the minute snow is down and the salt trucks out i'm parking it till the spring rains wash it all away.
First if you can give the car a good wash or wipe down with detailers spray, clean off all the garbage that is sitting on the paint.
next a Car cover is a must. Get a car cover you will be amazed how much junk settles on top of a car sitting for a few months.
fill up your tires with air. make sure you don't get a flat spot over the winter keep the tires maintained.
engine oil: well i usually change the oil around this time, just did, since the driving season is basically over for the year, once a year i like to change the oil inspect it for bad things, and change the filter (inspect that if possible).
its nice if you can start the motor every 1-2 weeks and try to give it a heat cycle and keep the engine lubed up. I ended up forgetting most of the time and just starting it once a month, cycle the starter for 30 seconds then pump the pedal to set the choke and start her up. let it warm up then shutdown.
A battery Maintainer is critical get one. i like to disconnect the battery also keeps the clock in the dash fresh, its good for safety also, if you have an old school acid battery you may want to take it out of the car for the winter just incase it starts to leak. I have a modern Gel cell in mine.
Fuel additives: i used them 1 year and stopped, i discovered they discolor the spark plugs and the additive can become ingrained in the ceramic, also for the short term storage its not needed.
Fill your tank up before you park it, its a good idea to get a nice fresh tank of gas and fill it all the way up, this way you reduce the amount of air in the tank and have a lower moisture content. then put the cap on it and seal it up, you will use a little bit of gas during the winter for maintenance but nothing to worry about.
Make sure you have good antifreeze in the rad, if your up north and your garage is not insulated and you've got water in your rad you may break the block. this happened to a friend of mine he parked the car for the winter forgot that he was running water in the rad with wetter water additive, and one very cold winter night, the block popped, he didn't find out until the end of winter when the temps came up and his coolant defrosted onto the garage floor
animals: well be aware if you have a mouse or rat issue these guys will cause untold damage to a car just sitting, its warm inside a car during the winter and there is plenty for them to naw on inside. some people jack the car up over the winter but this can cause problems with the shocks. you may want to bait the area around the car or setup traps around it. try to keep clutter away from the car being stored this would discourage little mammals from being around it and also prevent possible body damage from occurring when the Christmas light boxes all fall on the roof.
that is about it.
Cover the car.
Maintain the battery. maybe disconnect or remove it.
fill up the tank with fresh gas.
keep the tires full of air.
make sure your coolant system is good to -25 degrees.
cycle the engine every few weeks.
some people say to leave the windows rolled down slightly to prevent moisture build up inside, don't, spiders and all kinds of crap will get inside. get some moisture absorbing pads, and some nice scented pads and put them under the front seats then roll the windows up.