Toasteroven's winter storage routine:
- change oil
- Fill the tank to at least 3/4, put in fuel stabilizer (instructions are on the container), and drive the car for at least 15 minutes to get the new mix circulated
- with car on, turn air controls to recirculate to close exterior vents
- pump up tires to 40PSI (avoids flat spots). Some folks recommend jacks or blocks to avoid suspension memory... your choice. I've never had an issue.
- clean and detail interior
- scent-free dryer sheets in the interior; I put one in each rear passenger footwell, and one in the trunk
- I used to put either small trays of kitty litter or other moisture-absorbing stuff in the interior; I don't bother anymore
- two showercaps and elastics; stick them over the exhaust tips to prevent little critters from getting in there
- unlock the doors (parking inside, right?!) and either remove and trickle charge the battery, or get one of the in-car ones. Personally, I've just removed the battery, placed it on cardboard to keep it off the concrete floor, and let it sit
- to avoid critters nesting under the hood, open it and prop it up with something to avoid the hood struts from weakening
- if you have critters (mice, etc.) around, put a couple of traps around the garage
While stored, do not start it up. This will introduce moisture into the engine and oil. Check on the car every week; look for drippings, droppings, droopings. Drips means fluids, droppings mean critter crap, and droopings means low tires, odd suspension sitting, hood struts.
When you take it back out;
- drop the tire pressure to your preference
- stick the battery back in, and put in all your preferences again (radio presets, etc.)
- take the shower caps off the exhaust (!)
- remove all the dryer sheets / moisture collectors
- run the tank until the low fuel light flashes, and top up with good fuel
In the meantime, let the agony of waiting for clear roads consume you.
"This car is 100% sh*ts and giggles."
"Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary... that's what gets you." Jeremy Clarkson
Last edited by toasteroven; 12-12-2012 at 03:43 PM.