storage over winter...

storage over winter...

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craigw

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12,248 posts

251 months

Thursday 8th August 2002
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Hi guys,I'm planning to store my 348 over the winter (nov-march) & use it on weekends weather permitting.

Is there anything I should do prior to and during storage & could I encounter any problems through doing this.

The car will be in a garage and will have its dust cover on.

456mgt

2,482 posts

235 months

Thursday 8th August 2002
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God, it's depressing to post on this subject in August! I use my cars on dry days over winter and if there's salt on the roads, hose down the underside afterwards when cool. Alternatively take it out for a drive in the pouring rain.

Probably the most likely thing to head south over winter is the battery. I keep my cars on a battery conditioner to avoid flats; this device can also tell you if the battery is on the way out. The 456 battery was drawing charge all the time rather than just occasionally several months before starting became lazy. Had it replaced yesterday when the car was serviced & fine now.

I also have a domestic dehumidifier in the garage, though it is pretty dry in there so use it only occasionally. This and taking them out for a blast is all I do.

Note that some folk pump up the tyres or put the car on axle stands FFS- long term idle only.

craigw

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12,248 posts

251 months

Friday 9th August 2002
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456 I know its depressing, its only that during the recent downpour I have been reminded how, despite my love of the 348 it is bloody miserable driving into work getting the water torture drip on my elbow every 2 minutes.

I have used it virtually every single day since I bought it in june 2001 but this winter I'm going to drive a Smart car, ha ha ha. I'll still drive it every weekend just don't want to cause any uneccesary expense to myself by leaving it standing.

I have had quite a few good blasts this summer though!

manu

768 posts

232 months

Friday 9th August 2002
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Craig, you really must drive it at least once a week mate - it will somehow find a way of screwing itself up if you leave it alone (something I never realised myself until it was too late).

Manu
P.S. I agree with 456GT on this - the fellas on Ferrarichat really do know their stuff.
Oh - Ninja was pretty nervous about leaving his 355 Spyder sitting for so long when he went on holiday.

>> Edited by manu on Friday 9th August 10:43

Jay_Z

222 posts

230 months

Friday 9th August 2002
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Craig,

The chances are we'll have better weather in winter anyway.

Can't be any worse can it?
Jay

456mgt

2,482 posts

235 months

Friday 9th August 2002
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Oh and before I forget, I don't leave the handbrake on when it's in the garage whatever the weather in case it warps the discs. It wasn't obvious to me until it happened (not on a 'rari thank god).