10-27-2007, 04:28 PM
Join Date: Sep 1999
Canadians store their vehicles every winter. Usually Oct-April or so.
No problems whatsoever. Those stories of gas turning to sludge, seals drying etc are true....if the car has sat for a decade! But a year or two in storage is fine.
Full gas tank (keeps the condensation down)
Clean interior, windows up (keeps the new car smell)
Make sure tires are at correct pressure
Unplug battery terminal or use a battery tender
Don't start the car unless you're going to drive it somewhere. The initial cold start is the hardest part of the winter cycle. Cold oil, cold coolant, most of the oil is in the pan, not on the engine parts. I like to plug in the engine block heater for an hour before starting just to give the oil, block, and coolant a head start on being warm. Less pollution, easier on the starter this way.
I have cats, so no mice problem to worry about. Pull the car cover tight over the exhaust tips for added protection.
I'm assuming you have a garage or storage place for this? Leaving it outdoors is different. Indoors is dry and stable temperatures.
Don't start the car and let it idle when you do finally start it. A minute is alright, but 10 minutes is a waste. You want the car to warm up quickly and letting it sit in one spot will cause the car to warm up slower. Also doesn't do much for circulating the transmission fluid/axle fluid etc. The people who start their cars up once a week or twice a month don't do anything except have more cold starts and more carbon buildup. Once it's stored, leave it! When you do start it, go for a drive around the neighbourhood.
When spring comes, charge the battery, start 'er up and go get an oil change. That's it.
Last edited by Gord's Green Z28; 10-27-2007 at 04:30 PM.