Winter storage advice?

Winter storage advice?

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Chrismawa

Original Poster:

415 posts

73 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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I'm going to be putting my car away for winter with a cover on my drive. Probably won't use it again until the spring. Any advice on the best procedure to follow? I was thinking of, disconnecting the battery and leaving the handbrake off but in gear so it doesn't seize on. Anything else to be aware of? Thanks.

steveo3002

9,006 posts

147 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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have you used a cover before , they can often do more harm than good , scuffing when it flaps in the wind and blisters if it traps moisture

Krikkit

23,010 posts

154 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Don't bother with a cover imho - too easy to get dirt underneath and trap the moisture.

Easiest thing is to start it and give it a little run around on dry days to make sure the tyres and brakes don't seize up, if not then slightly over-pressure the tyres, handbrake off and in gear is usually best.

Kswap

66 posts

14 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Get the car super clean. Handbrake off, disconnect battery, brim tank and pop in some fuel stabiliser. That’s what I did when I kept my old car outside for five months unused for two winters with a cover from coveryourcar.

No scratches, no blisters etc

RizzoTheRat

21,851 posts

165 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Alternative to disconnecting the battery is to give it a trickle charge occasionally. Either with something like a CTEK charger where you fit a connector cable on to the battery so you can easily plug in the charger, or if you're not going to use a car cover, a solar charger is an easy option. I have an AA branded one that plugs in to the OBD socket and have left the car for several months at a time with no issues.

Chrismawa

Original Poster:

415 posts

73 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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I've bought a premium tailored cover, so should be a decent fit. Its also fully breathable so it shouldn't trap moisture. The car suffers from leaky doors that I haven't got time to fix yet, so a cover is definitely needed.

Thanks for the above as there's some things I hadn't thought of.

Garvin

4,459 posts

150 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Car cover should be waterproof (obviously) but also breathable.
Make sure coolant is clean/fresh and correct concentration.
Disconnect battery or run on trickle charger.
Pump the tyres up to the max pressure (given on side of tyre) to prevent distortion/flat spotting.
Run the engine once a month up to temperature and pump the brakes and clutch a couple of times.
Brim the tank with fresh fuel, preferably E5 or below but not E10 (Ethylene absorbs water). Fuel stabiliser will help but not essential.
SORN it (but don’t forget to re-tax it when required).

Chrismawa

Original Poster:

415 posts

73 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Whats the reasoning behind filling the tank full prior to storing?

Garvin

4,459 posts

150 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Helps prevent condensation in the tank.

rickygolf83

242 posts

134 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Helps reduce the risk of condensation forming in the petrol tank

Krikkit

23,010 posts

154 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Just brim the tank, don't bother about E10

d_a_n1979

3,830 posts

45 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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- Full tank of fuel
- Full wash, dry and polish
- Battery on trickle charge (don't disconnect; there's absolutely no need)
- Tyres pumped up a few extra PSI
- Some soft rags to keep the cover from catching the paintwork - placed in various spots it'll keep the cover from laying too flat
- Interior given a good clean and get some of those dehumidifier bags off Amazon to keep the interior dry; swap them out weekly (ie dry them in the house and then put back into the car)
- Start the car every few weeks to keep the engine turning nicely
- Handbrake off, maybe; but blocks under tyres to stop any potential rolling etc

Jonny TVR

4,156 posts

254 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Some good advise above.

Is it worth protecting it from rodents nesting in it?

I would use a blow dryer to get rid of all moisture after the clean. I had problems with one of my cars stored inside over the winter as there was trapped water. I bought a dog dryer that really works well .. its very high pressure warm blower that is also filtered.


john_1983

1,248 posts

121 months

Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Agree with pretty much everything above, but starting the engine is unnecessary IMO for only a few months storage. With it idling or under little/no load it will take longer to get oil temp/pressure so you're likely to do more harm than good.

I store a few cars over winter and don't start the engines - they all start & run fine in Spring

Chrismawa

Original Poster:

415 posts

73 months

Thursday 11th November 2021
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Thanks for the advice above!

I have received the cover today, but I'm a little put off about it. It states "Important : You should remove this car cover weekly & inspect the paintwork for moisture and condensation. It wet, allow to thoroughly dry before refitting."

This wasn't mentioned on the advert before buying. Is this normal procedure when covering a car? I don't really want the hassle of doing this every week. I was under the impression I could just wrap it up over winter and it'll be ok...?

steveo3002

9,006 posts

147 months

Thursday 11th November 2021
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look up how much it will cost to repaint if the paint blisters , ive worked in bodyshops and repainted several cars for this reason , some seem okay others will not be okay

wash and wax it , wipe off any bird mess when passing , it will be fine

dont start the engine until it can be warmed up fully otherwise its filling the oil and exhuast with condensation

Pica-Pica

9,622 posts

57 months

Thursday 11th November 2021
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rickygolf83 said:
Helps reduce the risk of condensation forming in the petrol tank
I’ve never bought the myth of condensation in fuel tanks.

Chrismawa

Original Poster:

415 posts

73 months

Thursday 11th November 2021
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steveo3002 said:
wash and wax it , wipe off any bird mess when passing , it will be fine
Thanks. Do you mean, not to bother covering it? I am in two minds now whether to or not...? Haven't used it yet so can easily return.

steveo3002

9,006 posts

147 months

Thursday 11th November 2021
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Chrismawa said:
Thanks. Do you mean, not to bother covering it? I am in two minds now whether to or not...? Haven't used it yet so can easily return.
yes dont cover it , bigger chance of damage vs leaving it bare

steveo3002

9,006 posts

147 months

Thursday 11th November 2021
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rickygolf83 said:
Helps reduce the risk of condensation forming in the petrol tank
which was a problem when tanks were made of metal