View Full Version : For those of you who store their cars over the winter........

10-14-2004, 09:05 AM
A little something I got in the Bavaria BMW fall newsletter last year:

1. Fill tank with fuel. This will help prevent condensation from forming in the tank. A fuel stabilizer will also help keep the fuel "fresh" until spring.

2. Add an extra 10-15 PSI of air to each tire to prevent tires from developing "flat spots"

3. Install a battery charger designed to maintain a full battery. A conventional "trickle charger" can overcharge a battery if left on all the time. (Note: I bought one that plugs into your ciggy lighter for $80 at the dealership)

4. Change engine oil and filter if it has not been done from some time. Used engine oil becomes contaiminated by moisture and products of combustion, replacing the oil will prevent this from happening.

5. Sprinkle moth balls around the exterior of your vehicle if you suspect mice may be in the area. The odor can keep mice away from making a winter home in your car. A plastic bag can also be placed over your tailpipe.

It is also best not to start your car during storage, over 90% of all engine wear occurs during the first moments of a cold start. Idling your engine can also build up harmful moisture. If you do choose to periodically start your car, bring it up to operating temprature by driving it instead of allowing it to idle.

10-14-2004, 09:29 AM
Get a programmable timer for the trickle charger and run it a hour every other day. That will be plenty of charging time for the battery. Absolutely no reason to start the engine over a winter storage period. Leave it sit.