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Old 04-23-2007, 09:02 AM   #1
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Hi,
I am about to get my new vette in a few weeks. I live in New Hampshire, where I won't be driving my new baby that much in the winter months.

I'm starting to think winter storage. I found a local storage facility that has 10x20 garages.

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1) Does it matter whether the storage garage is heated or not?
2) Do I need to put the car up on blocks or not?

Any suggestions?
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:04 AM   #2
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No it doesn't matter if it's heated or not. And I'd say no, it doesn't matter if you put it up on blocks altho that may prevent a bit of flat-spotting of the tires.

Others will comment on Stabil, battery, cover, oil change, etc.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:11 AM   #3
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Thanks. Thats a good point about the battery, Stabil, etc.

I know that when I store my lawn mower and snow blower when its not in use, I add a few drops of gas stabilizer to the gas tank. Is that recommended when storing a car as well?

Should I disconnect the battery, etc.?

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Old 04-23-2007, 09:37 AM   #4
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good gas, battery tender and a car cover to tuck it in for a long winters nap
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I "store" mine for the winter, but it is in my garage where I can look after it. If I were in a really cold climate - like yours - and were storing off-site, I would remove the battery and store it at home with a tender on it.
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Lets hope winter is a long long ways off! We just got done (I hope) in CT with the "Spring from Hell.........
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I put mine in a 10X20 this past winter. Not heated is fine. As some places don't have power outlets for a battery tender, you may want to just disconnect the battery. You could pull it, and put a tender on it at home if needed. Just use the manual key procedure to get back in the car when ready to connect the battery back up.
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i'M IN UPSTATE NY,same climate as you.Park it,"batterytenderize" it,put 40 lbs of pressure in the tires to avoid flat spotting and forget it.
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there is one nice thing about puting our cars away for the winter for those of us who live in the freezer... in the spring it is like we get brand new cars all over again...
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Thanks for all the good replies. I have another "dumb" question. What is a "tender" as it relates to the battery I guess?
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Good info above, you can also put "Bounce" dryer filter sheets all over the inside of your car to keep the mice out.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:59 AM   #12
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For my garaged C6:

1. Fill gas tank and add Sta-Bil (7.5 oz.); run through fuel lines.

2. Change oil and filter.

3. Park on moisture barrier

4. Inflate tires to 38 psi cold.

5. Apply sealant, wax, etc. to exterior paint.

6. Apply leather dressing to seat panel.

7. Apply vinyl dressing to interior; and to exterior black trim pieces.

8. Hook up Batter Tender. Run wire into engine compartment from underneath car and duct tape exposed wire to floor so you don't trip over it and yank it out.

9. Crack windows a bit.

10. Cover with Wolf Dustop inside car cover.

11. Wait for Spring.
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A few more things to consider........
- Warm up engine & oil thoroughly after your oil change ... before storing.
- Scatter a few moth ***** around on the floor to help keep mice away.
- Put plastic bags on the exhaust tips to keep critters from crawling in.
- Pull up the corner of your cover monthly and LOOK......to get your blood pumping again.
- Don't start it until you are ready to get it out in the spring.
- Check over very closely for any critter nests in the engine compartment, etc.
- Check for and note any liquid drips on the floor for later investigation.
- Don't forget to remove plastic bags and pick up the moth ***** so your don't crush them and make a mess.
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Quote:
Thanks for all the good replies. I have another "dumb" question. What is a "tender" as it relates to the battery I guess?
Thanks,
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BATTERYTENDER.COM.It hooks up to the battery and keeps it fully charged and maintains it there;it's plugged into the wall socket.
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:37 PM   #15
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I live in CT - I put stableizer in it - wash it put it under a cover and leave it outside for the winter. Seems to do fine.
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I couldn't imagine having to live someplace where I would have to put my car away for half of the year.
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Everything everyone's already said, plus:

-Put a small rag under each wiper to relieve the pressure on the blades.
-Pump the clutch pedal and brake pedal each 10 times, once a month.
-Push the car forward (or back) a quarter rotation of the tires once a month to prevent flat spots.
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Move to South Carolina and drive it all winter!
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Sent it to Las Vegas. I'll drive it at least once a week.
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.......its April and you're thinking about winter storage..............hmmm............... ..tell us....................Bloomberg or Hillary in '08????

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