9 September 2013

Four easy steps to prep your car for winter storage

Old Man Winter is knocking at the door, and it’s time to button up our track toys, show cars and weekend cruisers. Here are five essential steps from Griot’s Garage:

  1. Protect your engine. Old oil in the system can cause mild corrosion if left sitting, so change your oil. A Multi-Fluid Extractor makes the job easy.
  2. Protect your fuel system. Fuel left stagnant for longer than two months starts oxidizing, leading to varnish and clogging. Fuel Preservative prevents oxidation.
  3. Protect your battery. Any car, especially newer models with sensitive electronics, will benefit from a fully charged battery. A quality Battery Manager does the trick.
  4. Protect against moisture. Leave a Storage Desiccant Bag inside your car to help prevent corrosion and mildew.

15 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Walter W. Virginia September 11, 2013 at 14:45
    Don't forget to put on a good coat of wax before the winter weather rolls in.
  • 2
    66 Bird Man Avon, IN September 11, 2013 at 14:57
    Do you recommend I leave the top up or down for my 66 T-Bird convertible?
  • 3
    dale stenger monorivia,in. September 11, 2013 at 15:56
    all good things 2 do 4 a winter cover up
  • 4
    paul tesauro massachussetts September 11, 2013 at 16:38
    Tires left on the ground over inflate prevents flat spots
  • 5
    JOE INDIANA September 11, 2013 at 18:35
    I always put my top up for winter. On a warm day in late fall.. Put your car in the sun, warm the top material so it will stretch and not crack, and then put up the top. If there happens to be any moisture in the boot, the top can mildewnd mold can form, ruining the top material. Besides, with the top up and windows up, your interior will be cleaner.
  • 6
    Allen PA September 11, 2013 at 21:10
    ALWAYS leave convertible tops up for storage. Leaving it down invites wrinkles, mold, rot, and clouded windows.
  • 7
    Sylvere Coussement Ft. Wayne, IN September 11, 2013 at 22:39
    The comments/questions are interesting -- why not share some of your answers with everyone? -- thanks.
  • 8
    Mike Baer New York September 11, 2013 at 11:29
    Loved the information about winter protection. What abouut the tires?
  • 9
    chuck s Taes Spokane washington September 11, 2013 at 11:34
    Here is one more, air has moisture in it and your engine is basically a pump, air in air out. Stop the moisture going in by covering the carb and exhaust pipes with plastic baggies and rubber bands. Its also a good idea to fog the engine with a good top oil such as Marvel mystery oil.
  • 10
    Ed Hesner Washington State September 11, 2013 at 23:39
    How about a similar article on how to protect your classic vehicle(s) from rats and mice during extended storage periods??
  • 11
    Rick Braden Harrah, OK September 11, 2013 at 12:21
    Where can I get a storage Desiccant Bag per your step 4 of the article?
  • 12
    Todd Arnone Hanson, MA September 12, 2013 at 14:36
    Fresh dryer sheets strategically placed on top of wheels, in trunk, interior and engine compartment keep most critters out/away from stored vehicles. Added bonus when you open it up for the season, it smells spring-time fresh!
  • 13
    Tim Featherston SE Michigan September 12, 2013 at 06:10
    You can use kitty litter as a desicant as well. I have for several years and my car comes out fresh every spring. Also I have a "Car Bag" I put my car away in. You can find them for sale on the internet.
  • 14
    T Morrison Madison, WI October 18, 2013 at 18:02
    Put your car away with a full tank of gas with the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer in it. It will keep condensation out of the tank.
  • 15
    thomas cech United States November 12, 2014 at 12:02
    1936 Ford Phaeton, should I put it on jack stands in garage, no hear?

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