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Re: Away for the Winter


Here is what I do when storing my 911 for the winter:

Over inflate the tires to prevent flat spotting (Trust me!)
Fill it with fuel
Wash and Wax the car, especially alloy wheels.
Change the oil, check fluids.
Leave the doors cracked just a drop to keep the seals uncompressed. Make
sure the interior lights are off.
Cover it if possible, cotton cover is fine for indoor storage
If you can drive it once a month, perhaps for just a 1/2 hour.
Don't forget to set the tire pressures before you drive it.
Take precautions so "critters" don't end up living in your car.
You may want to use a fuel stabilizer but with today's gas it's usually
not necessary.
Get a decent battery charger

There are many different opinions on this but these are the basics.

Marc Gelefsky
86 4K CS quattro
86 911 Carrera Targa
88 944 Turbo

> Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 09:12:31 -0500
> From: "Richard Haroutunian" <Richard_Haroutunian@inso.com>
> Subject: Away for the Winter
> List:
> Anyone know the 'correct' procedure for putting a car away for the winter?
> I need to start thinking about putting my VW Cabriolet away for the winter,
> and my mom was nice enough to offer me the left side of the garage for the
> winter months.
> Just wondering if there is anything I should do to the car to prepare it
> for the long hibernation.   This is my first 'summer car,' and I want to
> make sure it still works when I take it back out of storage..  I know that
> there is a certain procedure for preparing motorcycles and lawnmowers, etc.
> - -- e.g. draining the gas, etc., etc. -- is there a similar process for
> cars?
> This VW could sit for a year and start right up the first try.  Sometimes I
> leave it for 2 weeks -and then 'vrrrooommm' -starts right up.  If I left my
> Quattro like that for a week or 2 it would need an ER.
> Your thoughts and suggestions are appreciated..
> TIA,
> Richard
> 87 5KCSTQ
> 85 4KSQ
> VW Cabriolet of the 1982 variety..
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