Storing with a full tank - CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion

Notices
C7 Z06 Discussion General Z06 Corvette Discussion, LT4 Corvette Technical Info, Performance Upgrades, Suspension Setup for Street or Track
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Storing with a full tank

Old 12-15-2018, 02:55 PM
  #1  
Gee Venom
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Apr 2018
Posts: 200
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Default Storing with a full tank

So I just saw something onine that itís not good to store our C7 Z06ís with a full tank over the winter?? I stored mines in a warehouse on a second floor where it doesnít get below 40 degrees with a full tank basically. Also added dry gas ( Stihl Built ) or w e itís called. Anyone has info on this? Thanks in advance
Gee Venom is offline  
Old 12-15-2018, 03:08 PM
  #2  
MMD
CF Senior Member
 
MMD's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2018
Posts: 1,814
Thanked 334 Times in 242 Posts
Default

There is a lot of recent posts/threads regarding this topic. Had you searched the forum! Lots of info to be found.
MMD is offline  
Old 12-15-2018, 04:41 PM
  #3  
killerv6
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Oct 2004
Posts: 174
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Default Winter and long-term storage

The video I seen tells you to store your vehicle with a quarter tank of gas or less apparently when full the fuel starts to corrode sending unit which is towards the top of the fuel pump
killerv6 is offline  
Old 12-15-2018, 05:11 PM
  #4  
C7LOU
CF Senior Member
 
C7LOU's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2000
Location: Penfield NY
Posts: 1,559
Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 10 Posts
Default

Some store full and some store at a quarter. While I understand the quarter tank argument I've been storing full for 15 years of Corvettes and never had any problems. YMMV of course....
C7LOU is offline  
Old 12-15-2018, 08:38 PM
  #5  
capevettes
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
capevettes's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2004
Location: Cape Cod Mass & Pine Island Fla
Posts: 15,929
Thanked 929 Times in 683 Posts
2017 Corvette of the Year Finalist
2016 C2 of Year Finalist
2015 C3 of Year Finalist
Default

I store full but put a bottle of Techron in to avoid the sulphation issue. Lots of discussion and opinions on this subject lately.
capevettes is offline  
Old 12-15-2018, 09:17 PM
  #6  
Mcrider
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Mcrider's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2018
Posts: 4,064
Thanked 453 Times in 219 Posts
Default

How about getting the car out and driving in on nice days? Our weather has been in the 40's the last week and for the next week at least. Been driving it every day because that's why we bought it. I don't understand not driving a car in the winter months on nice days.
Mcrider is offline  
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Mcrider For This Useful Post:
AZGASSER (12-15-2018), iw172 (12-17-2018), RobGZ06 (12-15-2018), Toddiesel (12-18-2018)
Old 12-15-2018, 09:26 PM
  #7  
AZGASSER
CF Senior Member
 
AZGASSER's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2002
Location: Columbia MO
Posts: 1,241
Thanked 150 Times in 115 Posts
Default

Got the AS 3+ tires and it was in the teens when I took it out. As long as the roads are relatively dry and no forecast of snow, I get it out and drive it a few times a week.
AZGASSER is offline  
Old 12-15-2018, 09:59 PM
  #8  
RobGZ06
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,063
Thanked 264 Times in 219 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Mcrider View Post
How about getting the car out and driving in on nice days? Our weather has been in the 40's the last week and for the next week at least. Been driving it every day because that's why we bought it. I don't understand not driving a car in the winter months on nice days.
I don't understand either.

I mean obviously don't drive when there's a blizzard or when it's snowing out. But i think after a snow storm, and all the roads are plowed, wait a couple of dry days so whatever moisture is on the roads has dried off, then it's ok to take the car out. You're just taking it out to get things moving. Not like you're taking it out to do a top speed run or going to the track or anything. Take it out for like 30 minutes and back in the garage it goes.

A lot of you are fortunate to have a garage so you guys can do some sort of washing to your cars after you drive it in winter. I don't own a garage so i keep my car under a cover in the back of my house.

I take it out whenever it's dry out. So i don't care if last week we got 20 inches of snow. If the roads are dry, it's coming out.

And if i get salt on the car, that's ok because that gives me a reason to wash it really quick before throwing the cover back on ready for it's next drive whenever.

It's just a car and these days they do undercarriage coatings to prevent rust. It's not like back in the day where you car literally falls apart after one winter.

Drive your car, so you have an excuse to wash it after. Then rinse and repeat.
RobGZ06 is offline  
Old 12-15-2018, 10:03 PM
  #9  
MMD
CF Senior Member
 
MMD's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2018
Posts: 1,814
Thanked 334 Times in 242 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by RobGZ06 View Post
I don't understand either.

I mean obviously don't drive when there's a blizzard or when it's snowing out. But i think after a snow storm, and all the roads are plowed, wait a couple of dry days so whatever moisture is on the roads has dried off, then it's ok to take the car out. You're just taking it out to get things moving. Not like you're taking it out to do a top speed run or going to the track or anything. Take it out for like 30 minutes and back in the garage it goes.

A lot of you are fortunate to have a garage so you guys can do some sort of washing to your cars after you drive it in winter. I don't own a garage so i keep my car under a cover in the back of my house.

I take it out whenever it's dry out. So i don't care if last week we got 20 inches of snow. If the roads are dry, it's coming out.

And if i get salt on the car, that's ok because that gives me a reason to wash it really quick before throwing the cover back on ready for it's next drive whenever.

It's just a car and these days they do undercarriage coatings to prevent rust. It's not like back in the day where you car literally falls apart after one winter.

Drive your car, so you have an excuse to wash it after. Then rinse and repeat.
There still is a lot of residual road salt and brine. What a mess brine makes. It gets in every crack and crevice.
MMD is offline  
Old 12-15-2018, 10:10 PM
  #10  
Carvin
CF Senior Member
 
Carvin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2015
Location: Westmont IL
Posts: 1,159
Thanked 126 Times in 106 Posts
St. Jude Donor '15-'16
Default

Originally Posted by Mcrider View Post
How about getting the car out and driving in on nice days? Our weather has been in the 40's the last week and for the next week at least. Been driving it every day because that's why we bought it. I don't understand not driving a car in the winter months on nice days.
Yes, charger off and car out in Chicago area this weekend. Within a mile of driving I saw a C6 and vintage Camaro doing the same.
Carvin is offline  
Old 12-15-2018, 10:18 PM
  #11  
RobGZ06
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,063
Thanked 264 Times in 219 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by MMD View Post

There still is a lot of residual road salt and brine. What a mess brine makes. It gets in every crack and crevice.
If lambos and porsche guys can drive in snow, so can our cars.

And you don't even have to drive in snow, drive it a couple of days after a snow storm. I never understood storing a car the entire winter. It doesn't snow for 4 months straight.
RobGZ06 is offline  
Old 12-16-2018, 07:35 AM
  #12  
capevettes
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
capevettes's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2004
Location: Cape Cod Mass & Pine Island Fla
Posts: 15,929
Thanked 929 Times in 683 Posts
2017 Corvette of the Year Finalist
2016 C2 of Year Finalist
2015 C3 of Year Finalist
Default

Originally Posted by RobGZ06 View Post
If lambos and porsche guys can drive in snow, so can our cars.

And you don't even have to drive in snow, drive it a couple of days after a snow storm. I never understood storing a car the entire winter. It doesn't snow for 4 months straight.
I agree. I have always driven in the winter if the roads are clear and dry. If you have a really bad winter with lots of snow, the cars can sit for a while. We go to Florida for a couple of months these days, so the cars do sit more. I never let the calendar dictate whether I drive or not, just the road conditions.

This 65 was my daily driver in the early 70's when I was a teenager. Still have the car and it's fine even though it has a metal frame. These new Vettes with aluminum frames won't rust like the old ones. Hard to get the Z to hook up on cold days though.


Last edited by capevettes; 12-16-2018 at 07:36 AM.
capevettes is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to capevettes For This Useful Post:
LimeyC5 (12-16-2018), RobGZ06 (12-16-2018)
Old 12-16-2018, 09:31 AM
  #13  
Dr Bob
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Nov 2018
Posts: 25
Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by capevettes View Post
I agree. I have always driven in the winter if the roads are clear and dry. If you have a really bad winter with lots of snow, the cars can sit for a while. We go to Florida for a couple of months these days, so the cars do sit more. I never let the calendar dictate whether I drive or not, just the road conditions.

This 65 was my daily driver in the early 70's when I was a teenager. Still have the car and it's fine even though it has a metal frame. These new Vettes with aluminum frames won't rust like the old ones. Hard to get the Z to hook up on cold days though.

Excellent You Tube video by “Horse Power Obsessed” explaining in GREAT detail the rationale for storing with a quarter of a tank. Has anyone out there actually experienced a gas sensor problem with a full tank storage??
Dr Bob is offline  
Old 12-16-2018, 09:37 AM
  #14  
fishpick
CF Member
 
Member Since: Aug 2018
Location: Crummy NY
Posts: 78
Thanked 28 Times in 17 Posts
Default

Iím going to make a great YouTube video explaining why itís a great idea to store you car with 1/4 a sump of oil.

Iíll explain it in a compelling way. Cite GM recommendations that only I know about and nobody else can find or cite and refer to anecdotal evidence with no hard or reviewable data.

so when everyone is out there draining their fuel tanks... get under the car too and get 3/4 of that oil out of your dry sumps... that stuff can cause all sorts issues...

and please - donít get me going about storing cars with windshield washer fluid OR brake fluid... itís just all corrosion nightmares.
fishpick is offline  
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to fishpick For This Useful Post:
iw172 (12-17-2018), trooper (12-16-2018), vettetwo (12-16-2018)
Old 12-16-2018, 10:32 AM
  #15  
MMD
CF Senior Member
 
MMD's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2018
Posts: 1,814
Thanked 334 Times in 242 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by fishpick View Post
Iím going to make a great YouTube video explaining why itís a great idea to store you car with 1/4 a sump of oil.

Iíll explain it in a compelling way. Cite GM recommendations that only I know about and nobody else can find or cite and refer to anecdotal evidence with no hard or reviewable data.

so when everyone is out there draining their fuel tanks... get under the car too and get 3/4 of that oil out of your dry sumps... that stuff can cause all sorts issues...

and please - donít get me going about storing cars with windshield washer fluid OR brake fluid... itís just all corrosion nightmares.
1/4 of tank of oil in a dry sump? You can't be serious.
MMD is offline  
Old 12-16-2018, 10:43 AM
  #16  
RobGZ06
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Nov 2012
Posts: 3,063
Thanked 264 Times in 219 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by capevettes View Post
I agree. I have always driven in the winter if the roads are clear and dry. If you have a really bad winter with lots of snow, the cars can sit for a while. We go to Florida for a couple of months these days, so the cars do sit more. I never let the calendar dictate whether I drive or not, just the road conditions.

This 65 was my daily driver in the early 70's when I was a teenager. Still have the car and it's fine even though it has a metal frame. These new Vettes with aluminum frames won't rust like the old ones. Hard to get the Z to hook up on cold days though.

Exactly.

With how advanced the automotive industry is going, you don't really have to worry about minor things like that. Every time i leased a new car (i'm on my 3rd lease car), within a week i look underneath and misc bolts and screws are already rusted.

The undercarriage looks fine, but the hardware is rusted. And that's on a brand new car, literally brand new. So you can NOT stop the elements from doing it's thing, regardless if you take your car out on the most perfect days when god is watching and there's a rainbow over your house.

So for those who don't drive your cars in winter, might as well not drive when it rains because the same thing can happen to your cars. Moisture = rust

Last edited by RobGZ06; 12-16-2018 at 10:44 AM.
RobGZ06 is offline  
Old 12-16-2018, 11:21 AM
  #17  
Warp Factor
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Warp Factor's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2005
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
Posts: 4,851
Thanked 448 Times in 322 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by RobGZ06 View Post

And if i get salt on the car, that's ok because that gives me a reason to wash it really quick before throwing the cover back on ready for it's next drive whenever.

Drive your car, so you have an excuse to wash it after. Then rinse and repeat.
I'm too lazy to wash my car that often. It's easier to keep it clean. To me, an hour of driving followed by an hour of cleaning just isn't worth it.

Originally Posted by RobGZ06 View Post
If lambos and porsche guys can drive in snow, so can our cars.
Mid/rear engine cars do a lot better in snow than our Corvettes do.

Warp Factor is offline  
Old 12-16-2018, 02:40 PM
  #18  
Bill Dearborn
Tech Contributor
 
Bill Dearborn's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 1999
Location: Charlotte (formerly Endicott, NY) NC
Posts: 32,430
Thanked 3,109 Times in 2,096 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Dr Bob View Post
Excellent You Tube video by ďHorse Power ObsessedĒ explaining in GREAT detail the rationale for storing with a quarter of a tank. Has anyone out there actually experienced a gas sensor problem with a full tank storage??
Video, has too much music and gabbing and not enough getting to the point.

Bill
Bill Dearborn is offline  
Old 12-16-2018, 06:27 PM
  #19  
dvilin
CF Senior Member
 
dvilin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2007
Location: Rochester New York
Posts: 38,754
Thanked 2,892 Times in 2,075 Posts
Default

Just store it with a full tank as you have in the past, every year/month/minute there is a recommended change to how to store your Vette.
dvilin is offline  
Old 12-16-2018, 11:09 PM
  #20  
Carvin
CF Senior Member
 
Carvin's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2015
Location: Westmont IL
Posts: 1,159
Thanked 126 Times in 106 Posts
St. Jude Donor '15-'16
Default

Originally Posted by MMD View Post

1/4 of tank of oil in a dry sump? You can't be serious.
No he is not
Carvin is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Storing with a full tank


Sponsored Ads
Vendor Directory

Contact Us About Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: