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Old 09-19-2017, 06:59 AM   #1
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I recently purchased a C6 and trying to plan for winter storage in my garage. What steps are needed? Such as :
Should I change oil? Only 1k miles on current oil.
Do I put it up on jack stands to prevent flat spots on run flats?
If yes, where do I locate the stands under car?
I have 2 roofs. Do I store it with glass or solid roof installed. Does it make a difference?
Since the garage is located inside my house, it will be protected to 40 degrees on those extremely cold nights.
I will get a cover for it.
Am I missing anything?
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Everyone will have an opinion and here is mine.

With only 1k on the oil, (assuming it was a fairy recent oil change) I would not change it.

Jack stands are not needed. Some folks bump the pressure up to 40psi.

Top would not matter.

You do need to put some sort of battery maintainer on it.
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Everyone will have an opinion and here is mine.

With only 1k on the oil, (assuming it was a fairy recent oil change) I would not change it.

Jack stands are not needed. Some folks bump the pressure up to 40psi.

Top would not matter.

You do need to put some sort of battery maintainer on it.
rugs under tires and rubber matts to prevent flat spots. Windows up with a quality maintainer from napa . SEAL EVERY OPENING IN GARAGE TO PREVENT MICE FROM COMING IN. KEEP MOISTURE OUT MAINTAIN EVEN TEMPERTURE .
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Flat spots is not something to worry about with modern day tires. It doesn't happen. Just put a battery tender on it, cover it and leave it.
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Add stable, fill the tank and put it on a battery tender.
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Here's what I do:

Fill tank and put in stabil

Change oil

Put a box of baking soda inside to absorb any smells from being closed up for months.

Inflate tires to 38-40 PSI

Stuff exhaust tips with steel wool and cover

Wash before putting cover on

Battery tender

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Similar to above, here are my steps:

1) Fill gas tank
2) Add Stabil to gas
3) Put a few more PSI in tires (while modern tires don't flat spot, they do lose air in the cold)
4) Add dryer sheets to the inside of the car, engine compartment, and around the tires (keeps the critters away)
5) Wash the car (and wax if possible)
6) Cover exhaust tips with plastic bags secured by rubber bands to keep the critters out
7) Add silica packets to the interior to keep things dry
8) Car cover
9) Battery tender (#9 but the MOST important)

Hope and pray for a short winter. The end.

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  1. Add Stabil 360 to gas tank and top off with gas. (- Stabil 360 is good for 12 months and I only store for 4 months. Regular Stabil is good for 24 months)
  2. Wash and vacuum interior (- I claybar, polish and wax when I take it out of storage in the spring)
  3. Change oil (- Once a year right before it's stored for winter)
  4. Battery tender (- Any time it's parked for a week or more)

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From living most of my life in the north and having many convertibles and Harleys, l don't understand the idea of "storing" a Vette. I knew few people in a large Harley Owners Group that even "stored" their bike. A boat or camping trailer, I can see, but a car is meant to be driven and has a heater. What is better than taking your Vette out for a drive on a crisp, cold, DRY day in February when you have cabin fever. Rode my Harley often as long as there was no snow or salt on the roads.
A battery maintainer is a good idea for infrequent use and Stabil or similar. Otherwise, live a little, drive that thing. It's made to take a beating.
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i fill it up
wash it
top off the tires to 35 PSI cold
put a cover and a battery tender on it and call it a day.

I don't go look at it again until March when I pull it out.
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... a car is meant to be driven and has a heater. What is better than taking your Vette out for a drive on a crisp, cold, DRY day in February when you have cabin fever. Rode my Harley often as long as there was no snow or salt on the roads...
I do the same. As long as there is no salt on the roads. I even put the top down on 45-50 degree days.

However, where I live in the mountains, they like to drop salt mixed with sand on the roads at the slightest hint that there may be ice.

So between the beginning of January and the end of March, there are few days where I'm comfortable that there is no salty sand on the roads.


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My plan for the winter was to just top off gas.. no need for stabil since I would be starting it and letting it run once a week. Add just a little air to tires.. and plug up the exhaust to keep anything out.
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I recently purchased a C6 and trying to plan for winter storage in my garage. What steps are needed? Such as :
Should I change oil? Only 1k miles on current oil.
Do I put it up on jack stands to prevent flat spots on run flats?
If yes, where do I locate the stands under car?
I have 2 roofs. Do I store it with glass or solid roof installed. Does it make a difference?
Since the garage is located inside my house, it will be protected to 40 degrees on those extremely cold nights.
I will get a cover for it.
Am I missing anything?
Lots of good advice comments on here. I just did this last weekend and mine is now officially off the road until next April. I did an oil change and made sure my coolant was in good condition since mine will be exposed to ambient temperatures in covered, sheltered but outdoor storage.

I have a very good outdoor lined car cover that can breathe and intend to put a couple of Dry-Z-Air containers used for RV storage in the car before I cover it up to deal with moisture and prevent mildew. I'll also hook up a battery tender.

Since you recently acquired your car, if you are not sure how old your coolant is I would consider changing it since the Dexcool that GM uses has a 5 year service life and can become corrosive if run too long past its service life.

If you do decide to replace the coolant you can either get Dexcool in premix or straight and mix it yourself 50/50 with distilled water.
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I even put the top down on 45-50 degree days.
That comment put a smile on my face since our Corvette was officially acquired by my wife late last year and she insisted on taking it for a celebratory 3 hour cruise in mid November with the top down. I was riding in the passenger seat thinking WTF I thought owning a Corvette was supposed to be a fun and pleasant experience!

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Flat spots is not something to worry about with modern day tires. It doesn't happen. Just put a battery tender on it, cover it and leave it.
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All I do is disconnect the battery & cover.

where I store mine:

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All I do is disconnect the battery & cover.

where I store mine:

What a great idea with the air mattress door and side protectors!
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What a great idea with the air mattress door and side protectors!
thats one sexy Hyundai, but what gives with the glorified beetle.
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Move to West Texas at your earliest convenience!
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Zero need to change the oil.

Don't put it on jack stands.

Do put it on a battery tender

I would add fuel stabilizer a few days before putting it away, and get at least 10-20 miles on the car with the stabilizer in the tank.
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