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How do i store my car over winter?

Hi all,

As part of the agreement with my Mrs to have the GT V6 earlier this year it will soon be going into hibernation for 4-6 months over the winter where i will use the 159 instead. I will be declaring SORN and putting it in the garage (im trying to keep it in very good nick and do low miles to justify the summer fuel bill!)

What is recommended for winter storage?

Should i leave the battery on or off/ trickle charge etc
Should i run the engine once a week or will this do more damage than good as it wont get properly warm?
Do i over inflate the tyres as im leaving them on the car and rotate occasionally?
Should i leave a full tank of fuel in the car or empty?

Any advice would be welcomed!

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Just done a search and found this, others are available, probably worth reading a few.......
Preparing Your Car for Winter Storage
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That seems pretty good advice in the link. I've prepared my car for winter storage by selling it
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I store my Spider. Invest in a CTEC charger and set up the permanent plug connection to the battery.

Buy a cover (indoor or outdoor as needed) and pump the tyres up to their max.

leave it out of gear with the brakes off and choc the front and rear of one of the wheels to prevent movement (assume you have a flat garage).

Fresh oil helps too
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Not read the link. My own views are:-
Ideally put it in a Carcoon or similar (luxury) in the garage if you can.
If not a good quality cover.
Put the car on axle stands to take the weight of the tyres, wheels bearings and suspension if possible.
Do not start it once a month. The 'fuel wash' on the cylinders is better avoided. They say if you start it, then drive it until thoroughly warm.

The early morning temperature to evening temp can cause condensation on internals even if stored in a garage. A dehumidifier or the Carcoon can help prevent this. A few I know use all three, Garage, Carcoon (or similar) and dehumidifier!

You can go further with filling the tank to prevent internal corrosion. Then you could argue the fuel will go off.
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Whats the purpose of a cover or a carcoon? Cars were designed for the outside.
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They were. Some cars I would not use on salty roads. In particular old classics. I won't argue, you are right especially with modern cars.

I will use this Spider probably up until Christmas. Though I hope before the bad weather sets in I will have something else.

I can't store it as I would like just yet. Will have to use a cover of some sort outside.

The Carcoon keeps a good flow of air over the car. Less condensation a water build up.
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Thanks for all the advice guys....

Most of it seems common sense although I probably wont be able to change the oil before it goes in the garage but its only done 3-4k since last change.

If i take the battery off the car do i still need to trickle charge or can i just charge it when i want to use it again?
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If you take the battery off the car, the charge will last longer since it's not running the immobilisor or clock or radio etc. but you still need to charge it every so often. I'd suggest at least every fortnight.

You have a plasti tank so no worries about corrosion in there. I'd park the beast with about half a tank of fuel, since having less fuel means it will go off sooner. Having said that, the garage will be cold in winter so the fuel won't really go off. Anyway, when you come to start it stick a couple of gallons of fresh stuff in there to boost up the old petrol.

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