Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 25

Storing car for the winter

This is a discussion on Storing car for the winter within the Camaro / SS forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I'm garaging my camaro for the winter, is there anything i should do besides parking it on carpet squares (to ...

  1. #1
    Senior Member ss~zoso~ss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    )
    Posts
    9,128

    SS: NBM, tan top
    1998-SS, 2010 Jetta TDI

    Question Storing car for the winter

    I'm garaging my camaro for the winter, is there anything i should do besides parking it on carpet squares (to prevent dry rot), and adding fuel stabilizer?

  2. #2
    Senior Member ss~zoso~ss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    )
    Posts
    9,128

    SS: NBM, tan top
    1998-SS, 2010 Jetta TDI

    i'm sure i'm not the only one in this situation

  3. #3
    Junior Member Daves99Formula's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Carol Stream, IL.
    Age
    44
    Posts
    12

    Pewter
    1999 Formula

    This is what I do:
    -Change the oil & filter
    -Top off gas tank and add some fuel stabilizer
    -Park on wood squares (carpet should do) and over inflate the tires
    -Wash car and underneath (wax paint, if it needs it)
    -Wipe down the inside and put some silicone grease on all the black seals (t-tops, ect)
    -Diconnect the battery and put it on a battery tender (there are cheap one's you can buy)
    -Cover it up till the spring (don't start it, unless you plan on driving it)

    Hope this helps you out.

  4. #4
    Senior Member ss~zoso~ss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    )
    Posts
    9,128

    SS: NBM, tan top
    1998-SS, 2010 Jetta TDI

    is it a good idea to start it up every week and let it run for about 15 minutes? to keep everything oiled and loose?, also keep the fuel system active and the battery charged?
    98' SS Convertible Camaro-76k-Build # 1471, Cragar SS rims, RK SFC's, MAC Panhard, LSX Tune, Shaner S3,
    SLP:short thro,Strut tower brace,fan switch
    MTI Power induction kit,40 Series muffler,Pacesetter LT's + ORY,12 CD changer,3800lbs
    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/787506/1

  5. #5
    Z06rule
    Guest

    Drive it

    Over the years I,ve owned vettes that I have stored for the winter. There are always something that cars do not like about storage. There seems to be something that will fail once you take a car out of storage. I love my camaro with traction control. I drive it throughout the winter in north New England. The only thing that is required is snow tires and frequent washes.

  6. #6
    Senior Member ss~zoso~ss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    )
    Posts
    9,128

    SS: NBM, tan top
    1998-SS, 2010 Jetta TDI

    i'm going to have to say no to the driving it through the winter, my driveway is a slight hill and i cant even get out even if i dont give the car any gas

    its just not reliable in the snow (imo)

  7. #7
    Senior Member ss~zoso~ss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    )
    Posts
    9,128

    SS: NBM, tan top
    1998-SS, 2010 Jetta TDI

    ? any other opinions

  8. #8
    badass67
    Guest
    I store my Camaro by just cleaning it really well and changing the oil. But I do take it out on Nice days. We do get some good 45-50 degrees days each month, and I can take it out and check things.

    Other then that, what DAVE99 said.

  9. #9
    Senior Member ss~zoso~ss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    )
    Posts
    9,128

    SS: NBM, tan top
    1998-SS, 2010 Jetta TDI

    why do u change the oil before hand, i thought it would be pointless becasue it would just get old, i plan on getting my oil changed after i take the car out of storage

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    L.I. N.Y.
    Posts
    13

    hugger orange, silver
    1999ss 2000z-28

    3 years ago i stored my ss for 14 months. the only problem i had when i got back(work out of country) was that i had a bad battery and 4 flat spots on all 4 tires, until i went to a gas station to fill them up.i still work out of the country and i don't see any problems when i return.

  11. #11
    Senior Member ss~zoso~ss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    )
    Posts
    9,128

    SS: NBM, tan top
    1998-SS, 2010 Jetta TDI

    i just got my oil changed (penzoil Full senthetic), tank topped off with premium fuel (93) w/fuel stabilizer,
    anything else i should do?

  12. #12
    I went to Playboy Mansion FantaZGuy28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Bakersfield/Long Beach Ca
    Age
    31
    Posts
    888

    YJ
    04 GTO M6

    Store it with a full tank of gas. But before you fill it up, add some gas stabilizer to the tank just prior. You'll want to drive at least 10 minutes after this to insure the stabilizer is all through the fuel system.

    Completely drain the coolant system and put in fresh antifreeze with at least -20 freezing point. Don't forget to put some antifreeze in your windshield washer fluid holder as well.

    Change the oil & filter. This will give the internal engine maximum rust and corrosion protection.

    Brake fluid - if more than two years old (or dark honey colored): flush it & refill with new fluid. This should be done every spring. Silicone brake fluid is recommended..

    Transmission and Differential should be topped up, it will displace any moisture.

    WD40 (or equivalent) sprayed on all the hinges (hood, doors, trunk, etc.) will also help.
    Wash and wax your vehicle just before storing it.

    Clean the interior, dress all vinyl and rubber.

    Store your vehicle in a dry place.

    Put the top up and leave the windows down about 1/2" down to allow air to circulate in the interior.

    Jacking the car up will remove the weight from the springs and prevent flat spots on the tires (more common on older bias ply). Spray the rubber bushings with a good quality spray to prevent rot.

    If you cover your vehicle use only soft cotton or comparable materials that breathe and allow air circulation.

    Descant is a good absorber of moisture. Go to a hardware store and get 3 or 4 bags of descant. Put a couple of bags in the interior of the vehicle and 1 or 2 in the trunk. This will help minimize condensation & rust.

    Disconnect the battery while the vehicle is in storage. (You'll need to put you battery on a trickle charger like the Optimate Battery Charger.)

    Place a rag/steel wool in the exhaust and air intake to keep moisture and small animals out.

    Do not start your engine for short periods. This causes condensation and promotes rust.

    Leave it in Neutral/park, hand brake off. In humid environments there can be a problem of the clutch disc becoming stuck to the flywheel and pressure plate. A wood dowel cut to the right length could be wedged between the clutch pedal and drivers seat to keep the clutch depressed.

    Place a vapor barrier between your vehicle and the floor of the building where your vehicle is stored. The vapor barrier will help keep the moisture away from the under carriage of your vehicle. I also place plywood under each of my tires as the concrete is not the best for tires.

    INSURANCE: Keep your comprehensive insurance paid up, but you may qualify for a discount when the vehicle is "stored" Just remember to reactivate PRIOR to the first spring drive.

    If you have to store your vehicle outdoors, use caution about heavy tarps. Moisture trapped underneath them have lead to "bleached" spots in the paint. Also the wind whipping the tarp will tend to dull the paint as any dust between the tarp and paint will act as fine sand paper would.

    Oil breaks down over time so when you get your vehicle out of storage run the engine for a short time and change the oil & filter again.

    I usually take some "rust check" and go over all the seems and weld spots of the car.

    I then place several moth balls in containers around the undercarriage.

    Article by usa94z28 on Z28.com

  13. #13
    Senior Member ss~zoso~ss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    )
    Posts
    9,128

    SS: NBM, tan top
    1998-SS, 2010 Jetta TDI

    seems a little extreme but thanks

  14. #14
    I went to Playboy Mansion FantaZGuy28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Bakersfield/Long Beach Ca
    Age
    31
    Posts
    888

    YJ
    04 GTO M6

    Quote Originally Posted by ss~zoso~ss
    seems a little extreme but thanks

    It all depends on how much you love your car.

  15. #15
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    ohio
    Posts
    99
    I do nothing but top off gas and drive it on every decent day you can,thats all you really have to do.Been doing that for many many years.The key is drive it as much as possible.Mine is coming out today its above 32.

  16. #16
    Senior Member ss~zoso~ss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    )
    Posts
    9,128

    SS: NBM, tan top
    1998-SS, 2010 Jetta TDI

    eh its off the insurance

    oh and to fantaguy I'm in love with my car

  17. #17
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    ohio
    Posts
    99
    Do you actually change your oil before and after winter even though it does not get driven ? and you better not put antifreeze in your windshield washer fluid holder as well.That would be not good for the paint.Everything else seems ok to do.A heated garage also helps,my baby is kept stored at 50-60 degrees.Ventless hanging wall heaters that operate off of propane are not that expensive and will take care of 99.9% of your winter storage problems.

  18. #18
    Line 'em up sg5492's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Leavenworth, Kansas
    Posts
    203

    Black
    99 SS Camaro Convertible

    I just drive mine a little when it is nice and it is in a heated garage all winter. No prob's yet

  19. #19
    Member langss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    West Hills California
    Posts
    101

    Black
    2000 Camaro SS

    Unfortunatly due to circumstances beyond my control, my 2000 SS has had to sit in my driveway under a variety of different kinds of car covers. Other than the paint wear on all the high points, the car has survived extremely well.Now that I have moved,the car will be Garaged and I will be able to drive it more, but other than the tires flat spotting(goes away after a few miles of freeway driving) and having the Battery on a Harbor Freight Float Charger, every time I have had to move it, it started right up and drove just fine. I have kept the tank full and Mouse Traps under the Hood(to keep the critters out),but not much else could I do considering the situation.

  20. #20
    Member Fastcar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Jersey Boy
    Posts
    316

    Dark blue metallic
    2000 TransAm

    Also, look at this thread under Showcar & Detailing: "Theres snow on my car. I'm putting it in storage tomorrow. question." Hope that also helps.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. I need tips on storing my F-Body for the winter
    By doberman 152 in forum Almost Anything Goes
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 10-04-2010, 12:54 PM
  2. Question: Help storing my car.....
    By clg82 in forum Firebird / WS6
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-06-2008, 02:13 PM
  3. Need some help on storing car 4 winter
    By lvbroham1 in forum General Help
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-21-2007, 08:35 AM
  4. got a few ?'s about storing for the winter...
    By bgable in forum Firebird / WS6
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 10-18-2007, 05:57 PM
  5. storing tires for the winter?
    By ap2000z28 in forum Wheels and Tires
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-14-2006, 06:26 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •