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Basic Winter Storage Tips


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Pretty simple and basic but thought I'd share how I do it. It's getting that time of year for us Z nuts that live in the cold climate that have to protect our Z's from the sloppy slushy salty roads :(

Before I tuck my Z away in the garage for the long winter season, I double check all my fluid levels and condition, then I clean the exterior really good and give it a good wax job. Then I squirt oil into all my doors, hatch, and hood to protect it from moisture. I also make sure the gas tank is FULL, then I remove the battery for obvious reasons. Once they freeze, there junk. Then I put half a can of Sea Foam into the gas tank to stabilize the fuel. Then last but not least I install my dust cover :)

After doing the above, I store my battery in my basement on a flat piece of wood because putting a car or deep cycle battery on a concrete floor is bad for them.

During the winter months I put the battery in it to start it up and run it for a little while then take the battery out again about once or twice a month. Reason you want to do this is so the top half of the motor gets some lubrication.

Anyway this is how I Winterize my Z every fall before the snow flies. Man the thought of cold and snow makes me cringe :sick:

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My personal tip is to stay off the roads until after a decent rain to wash off the salt residue from the streets (if you live inthe salt-belt). Even if the road is dry, the salt can get up on the car, and hide until some water activates it to eat through the paint. :surprised :eek: :finger:

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Yep, I always wait until AFTER the first hard spring rain fall before I break her out in spring.

As for the "battery on concrete" thing. Yeah, "It's not a problem provided the top of the battery is clean and free from wet or dried electrolyte and is the SAME TEMPERATURE as the floor". I don't screw around and take chances so I put mine on a piece of wood because my basement floor during the winter is pretty cold to the touch while the room temp. is much warmer.

Thats just my opinion.

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I think the idea to FILL the tank before storing is a good one- who wants to stop at a gas station (boring) after rescuing the car? Just get in and GO!! (sort of) On the other hand, make sure you're not leaking fuel. Mine was dripping for an hour while I baught & changed the fuel filter. It was mostly empty to begin with, and I almost ran dry getting to the nearest gas station. :finger:

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millermatic, If your storing your car in a heated garage, then yes it's fine to leave it in with the battery diconnected. Many of us however don't have that luxury. :) I hope to though soon :D

TomoHawk, I lost you after "I think the idea to FILL the tank before storing is a good one" ?????????

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I have a heated , or partially heated garage . But my boat is out in the weather. any fuel tank that is not full and is subject to the fluctuations in temp and the cold dampness will condence water in the air void . This is why it is so important for the tank to be kept full . I still fill the Z tank because with us opening the door to drive our other car the temp does go up and down greatly especially when the temp is down in he 20s or so. Cheep insurance . Well not as cheep as before , but you know what I mean, Gary

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So what's the gas cap for? the e-check people check your fuel system for pressure, meaning air can't get in or out, so whatever little moisture that's in there when store the car will be in there next spring.

Just add whatever last gas you want on a less humid day- IF you believe that stuff. Or drop a bag of dessicant in there or some gas drier before storing.

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Doesn't matter. The large temperature change from extream cold one day to more mild the next creates moisture. Kinda like when your cold beer can sweats on a hot day. It's the same effect INSIDE a gas tank with it half full. Sealed or not. You have to worry about this mostly when spring comes and it really starts to warm up.

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Absolutely ! Why do you think that these cars that have been stored for years , have all the rust in the bottom of the fuel tanks ? This is also why it is good to change the oil in the crankcase before storage. Moisture in the crank case combines with the products of incomplete combustion and makes acid and rust. When you warm up the engine to normal temp, which takes a while really , then change the oil and filter . Then start her up again and let the oil pressure come up then shut her down for the winter. This will put a film on all the bearings . If you want to really do some thing , pull the plugs and put some oil in the cylinders say a teaspoon full and turn the engine over . Put the plugs back in and you are good to put her away and not to worry. Again this may not be necessary but it cost only your time and it wont hurt anything. The oil soaked rag in the tail pipe at this point is good also. I stored my Yahama for 15 yrs this way and she started right up with no problems after all that time. I did need to do a little with the carbs but carb cleaner took care of that. :laugh:

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