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99grandprixGT
11-08-2009, 08:08 PM
so what you guys do for storing a car? i heard, fill up with gas, put some fuel stabilizer and change oil before. what you guys think. and only reason im storing it is cuz its not registered and needs a plate. its going to be in a garage and i do got a car cover.

dillinja666
11-08-2009, 08:11 PM
as little gas as possible in it, change the oil afterwards when you start it again, disconnect the battery.

ejschultz
11-08-2009, 08:12 PM
When I store my Caprice, I change the oil beforehand and get at least a half tank of gas. I haven't used fuel stabilizer the 4 winters I stored it.

EDIT: I also start it up once every other week and let it run for about 15 minutes to warm up.

99grandprixGT
11-08-2009, 08:30 PM
as little gas as possible in it, change the oil afterwards when you start it again, disconnect the battery.

ive heard better to fill then leave empty space for air to get it.

When I store my Caprice, I change the oil beforehand and get at least a half tank of gas. I haven't used fuel stabilizer the 4 winters I stored it.

EDIT: I also start it up once every other week and let it run for about 15 minutes to warm up.

ya im going to change the oil next weekend. wash it and wax it. and fill the tank.i guess i can start it up once a week or something.

KyleBechtold
11-08-2009, 08:32 PM
as little gas as possible in it, change the oil afterwards when you start it again, disconnect the battery.

No on the gas comment.. battery is ok.. depends


When I store my Caprice, I change the oil beforehand and get at least a half tank of gas. I haven't used fuel stabilizer the 4 winters I stored it.

EDIT: I also start it up once every other week and let it run for about 15 minutes to warm up.

this start it up every once in a while.. hell back it down the drive way then back up and park it let it idle.. for a bit you are done..

S.B.C.
11-08-2009, 08:39 PM
as little gas as possible in it, change the oil afterwards when you start it again, disconnect the battery.


Ummm what the hell do you store?


Be sure to fill your gas tank all the way to the top. This will save your fuel system from oxidation and will also displace any water that may currently be in the system. Be sure to add the fuel system stabilizer at the same time - following the directions (which usually includes driving the car for 20 min. after)


And put a battery tender on it

99grandprixGT
11-08-2009, 09:44 PM
alright thanks guys. im go to the parts store tommorow get some oil and filter and th sta-bil fuel stuff.

15nissen
11-08-2009, 11:12 PM
Ummm what the hell do you store?


Be sure to fill your gas tank all the way to the top. This will save your fuel system from oxidation and will also displace any water that may currently be in the system. Be sure to add the fuel system stabilizer at the same time - following the directions (which usually includes driving the car for 20 min. after)


And put a battery tender on it

You hit it right on the head. ^^^^^

dillinja666
11-08-2009, 11:45 PM
Ummm what the hell do you store?


Be sure to fill your gas tank all the way to the top. This will save your fuel system from oxidation and will also displace any water that may currently be in the system. Be sure to add the fuel system stabilizer at the same time - following the directions (which usually includes driving the car for 20 min. after)


And put a battery tender on it

when you go to restart it you put new gas in it....
this way if you store a car for along time you have less varnished gas. i didnt see he was storing it for a short period of time...

viperrgh2
11-09-2009, 01:20 AM
I personally store cars with little gas but not to save the car but my wallet for when I have to get rid of all the bad gas and fill with new stuff... If possible def start it and let it fully warm up once every 1-2 weeks, drive up and down the driveway a bit to in order to get the tranny/axle fluids moving... I leave the batt connected in order to run it...

99grandprixGT
11-09-2009, 09:15 AM
when you go to restart it you put new gas in it....
this way if you store a car for along time you have less varnished gas. i didnt see he was storing it for a short period of time...

ya its only going to be for like 5-6 months. the sta-bil says its good for 12 months. so im going to put some of that in there.

ejschultz
11-09-2009, 09:37 AM
I guess I'm going to put more gas in my car and then add the Sta-bil to it as well then. I'm glad I read this thread. Another reason to move it around a little, other than getting the axle and trans fluids moving, would be to prevent flat spots in the tires. When I got my old S-10 a couple of years ago, it had flat spots in the tires from sitting for so long. It had numerous other problems as well, some may have been from sitting, some may not have been. Sh*t dry rots if you don't start it up.

99grandprixGT
11-09-2009, 10:43 PM
ya im going to start this weekend, change oil first, top off coolant. clean inside, wash outisde if i got time. than cover it up.

bigaudiofanati2
11-09-2009, 10:50 PM
Fill with gas and stabil, change oil, put battery tender on or remove battery, put towel in the end of the intake pipe "make a note to remove before starting again" also one in the tail pipe.

TnT_Sounds
11-09-2009, 10:56 PM
Pretty much what RIO said. I use about 6oz of Sta-bil to a full tank and make sure it has clean oil in it. My truck has been sitting for about 8 months now and starts up every other week and runs like a dream. Next summer when I will start driving it, I will change the oil and check all fluids prior to daily driving it again, recharge all my batteries and fill up the airbags.

blackmax
11-09-2009, 10:59 PM
Ask CRX I think he has like 300 cars he stores, lol. I swear that guy has a new car everytime I log on.

Is it going to be in or outside? if outside make sure it is completely covered including tires. I know you said you have a cover so make sure it stays on.

Where do you live? If you have high humidity it may not be a bad idea to fog the engine.

Make sure all fluids are full including but not limited to oil, gas and coolant. Make sure that the coolant is at the proper ratios. Change the engine oil before storing. You don't want any contaminants to stay in there all winter.

It may not be a bad idea to put it on jack stands. At the very least fill to the proper tire pressure and recheck it often. The cooling temperatures will reduce the tire pressure.

Keep it insured. You never know what might happen.

ejschultz
11-09-2009, 11:01 PM
One of my buddies stored his car for about a year without any preparation, started it up, drove it easily, and the block cracked. Possibly a coincidence but possibly due to his lack of preparation. It was a really clean 94 T/A with the LT1 and a lot of extras.

TnT_Sounds
11-09-2009, 11:09 PM
Block could have cracked from not having the proper coolant ratio prior to storing. Water level may have been to high and froze the block at once causing it to warp and then once it heated up....

You get the picture.

99grandprixGT
11-09-2009, 11:11 PM
its going to be inside my garage. i live in Michigan. ive read of people putting down like a plastic sheet under the car to help prevent moisture transfer from the floor. i got a couple tarps i guess i could put under it.

TnT_Sounds
11-09-2009, 11:23 PM
I have some OSB underneath mine. Not to sure about the whole moisture transfer ideal. But it doesn't hurt to be overzealous

dave_damage
11-09-2009, 11:33 PM
Im storing mine for 4 months. All I did was wash wax fill up the tank and added stabilizer I will start it every other week for 15 mins. thats what I have done for the last 11 years..

99grandprixGT
11-11-2009, 08:58 AM
ta i think that's how i going to do it.

DSGBazemore
11-25-2009, 08:31 PM
if your car has a timing belt (not chain) and the serpentine belt how ever the hell you spell it. they will dry rot and break so id check on them when you take it outa storage..

plugitin
11-25-2009, 08:37 PM
One of my buddies stored his car for about a year without any preparation, started it up, drove it easily, and the block cracked. Possibly a coincidence but possibly due to his lack of preparation. It was a really clean 94 T/A with the LT1 and a lot of extras.

he didnt have enough antifreeze in the coolant system...


if your car has a timing belt (not chain) and the serpentine belt how ever the hell you spell it. they will dry rot and break so id check on them when you take it outa storage..

after 6 months? no...

I live in michigan too...the UP at that. We store a lot of cars every winter...

and this thread is like 20 days old...fml

99grandprixGT
11-25-2009, 08:38 PM
oh well to update. i changed the oil, filled the coolant, wash waxeed it going to fill the tank and fill with sta bil this weekend and cover it up.

plugitin
11-25-2009, 08:39 PM
make sure you have enough coolant in her...