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mrmattyk
I've got my 97 cavalier under a tarp. I plan to keep it under there for a while. When I have a nice summer car, the cavalier will be the winter beater. To keep it running well what should I do?

I heard you should keep the battery terminal unplugged. I also heard you should start it up and let it run for a bit every once in a while.
EG STyLeZ
i heard you shouldn't keep it under a tarp because condensation builds up under it and fucks it up, and you shouldn't just like warm it up once in a while.. dunno if this is true??:dunno:
civic_stylez
fill the tank,disconnect the battery, dont start it every once and a while and leave the widow open a crack so condensation doesnt build up.
kaput
Why not start it?
Chu
Fill the tank, disconnect battery, and inflate tires, that whats they told me to do for my porsche. So I hope that is the right way to store your car. Starting once in a while? I don't know but I can't because its in a storage garage.
civic_stylez
when you let your car sit for a while the fluids drain out of the hoses and back into their resivoir tanks, if you keep starting the car the fluids stay in the lines and can freeze and split hoses. it wont hurt the car if you start it a few times but its better to leave it, just make sure theres lots of gas in the tank and in the spring time add some fresh gas to the tank because gas looses its octane after a while.
NismoS14
Put it on jack stands dude if you are keeping it stationary......if you are gonna run your car take it round the block to keep everything lubricated.
Ranger_X31
if you have rear drum brakes, don't put the e-brake on. The shoes can rust up to the drums.
D'z Nutz
Originally posted by NismoS14
Put it on jack stands dude if you are keeping it stationary



I've heard this too. I was told if you leave your car stationary for extended periods of time (I'm talking more than just a few months though), your tires may warp. Anyone know if this is true?

XxIntegra_BoixX
Originally posted by D'z Nutz


I've heard this too. I was told if you leave your car stationary for extended periods of time (I'm talking more than just a few months though), your tires may warp. Anyone know if this is true?



Yah this is true, because after a long period of time your tire will take shape to the displaced air in the tire, causing warpness. Its best that you put it on jacks or place winter or beater tires on her.

RiceCake
Where is that thread someone started a long time ago that had tons of info on storing a car and what measures to take?

:dunno:
Jeff TYPE R
Originally posted by XxIntegra_BoixX


Yah this is true, because after a long period of time your tire will take shape to the displaced air in the tire, causing warpness. Its best that you put it on jacks or place winter or beater tires on her.

how long?

kaput
I heard that older tires may develop flat spots, but newer radials with the steel or whatever it is inside the tire should return to their original shape after driving around a little bit.
Si_FlyGuy
You can buy those tire saver thingies if you feel like splurging...prevents flat spots.
Smartiepants
my dad has an old porsche 75 911, that he puts away for the winter, he puts it on jack stands cause otherwise the tires do warp, its not just old tires that do it either.
civic_stylez
Originally posted by NismoS14
Put it on jack stands dude if you are keeping it stationary......if you are gonna run your car take it round the block to keep everything lubricated.



its not good to use jack stands because the pressure in your shocks can leak and its bad for the suspension. put beater tires on it and if you leave your tires on it the flat spot will come out with a bit of driving. just make sure theyre properly inflated.

XxIntegra_BoixX
Originally posted by civic_stylez


its not good to use jack stands because the pressure in your shocks can leak and its bad for the suspension. put beater tires on it and if you leave your tires on it the flat spot will come out with a bit of driving. just make sure theyre properly inflated.



I agree, the best thing to do is put beater tires on your car, ones

you would never use again would be best. Unless you decide to

remove all your tires leaving only the brake pads, then by all

means jack her up, but its a little shaky if yah know what i mean.

Smartiepants
err, just checked, he has funny blocks he puts the suspension on, weight still on suspension but not on the tires.



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