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OK, here's a chance for me to learn a bit more.

I've read all the threads on winter storage (I hope) There are some great tips I picked up. Here are my plans / questions

I'll put it away at the end of this month, oil has been changed and I'll check the tire pressure. What should I have the pressure at for winter storage? The max recommended for the tires?

I bought Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer, not sure if I really need it but it was on sale.

I cleaned and protected the top with RaggTopp, also the weatherstripping with Einszett Rubber Care Stick Gummi Pflege (mouthful and a half)

I'll give the exterior and interior a good clean this weekend making sure everything is dry before putting it away.

I'm also going to get a CTEK 3300 3.3A battery charger.
CTEK Multi-use 3300 3.3A Battery Charger | Canadian Tire
Is this OK?

Also, I was thinking of starting the car about every two weeks, probably more for me than the car, let it run at a quick idle, if sunny put it in the driveway. Make sense or not?

I've read a lot of pros and cons about tires flat spotting, I thought this was only a problem with bias tires? If anyone can enlighten me I'd appreciate it.

As I have used up my quota of questions for this week i'll just say "thank you" and be on my way.
I have been storing my Vette for over 8 years now and once all the necessary things have been done for storage, I don't start it again till spring. As far as tire pressure goes I add a few pounds of air pressure to tires to make up for lose of air during the winter storage.
 

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I have been storing my Vette for over 8 years now and once all the necessary things have been done for storage, I don't start it again till spring. As far as tire pressure goes I add a few pounds of air pressure to tires to make up for lose of air during the winter storage.
So many vette owners do so many different things for winter storage. I myself have always stored my corvettes in heated storage which makes a huge difference. First a good wash then remove oil filter and let oil drain while waxing and a full interior clean. Install oil filter put in Mobil 1 synthetic oil wipe down engine compartment add fuel stabilizer than run car for 15 minutes. Make sure tires are at the right psi, visually check under carriage for leaks etc. A lift makes this a bonus, disconnect negative cable only and do not close hood tight. Put indoor car cover on then start process all over again with my son in law on his 74. O and of course a few brews for a job well done!
 

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I pretty much do what Wayneo7Z51 does, but then I shed a few tears as I close the light in the garage....knowing that springtime is a long way off! I guess that's what the beer is for!
 

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I pretty much do what Wayneo7Z51 does, but then I shed a few tears as I close the light in the garage....knowing that springtime is a long way off! I guess that's what the beer is for!
Bourbon....The act of putting the Vette to sleep requires a minimum alcohol content of 40%. Minimum....
 
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Asked for and delivered!

Please post the method you use for storing your car.

A couple threads to look at dealing with C5's and C6's.

http://www.canadiancorvetteforums.com/forums/c5-forum/1812-winter-storage-tips.html#post15394

http://www.canadiancorvetteforums.com/forums/c6-forum/1788-ideas-needed-storing-my-c6.html

And for those of you that wish to keep your battery hooked up to your car all winter:

http://www.canadiancorvetteforums.com/forums/c6-forum/1808-battery-storage.html
non of the links work for me..
 

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non of the links work for me..
The links are probably dead. That post was from 11 years ago.... Top of each of the post windows shows the posting date.
 

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Storage, keep it simple, I usually use up a whole day.

1. Change oil and filter. Oil tends to hold acids and other crap
during a season of operation. You do not want your engine sitting it that.
Also grease all ball joint and tie rod fittings.

2. Pull the rims and really clean out the old brake dust. Its acidic and will eat into your rims. Have a look at your brakes at the same time, they can wait until spring but at least you'll know. Also with the rims off you get a good chance to clean up the suspension and engine.

3. Fill with Gas and add stabilizer. Modern fuels will "gum up" after a short while, stabilizer prevents this.

4. You can bump tire pressure, but even if you don't radials will not flat spot.

5. Check the anti freeze it should be good for at least -30.

6. Oil up door hinges and hood hinges and head lights at the pivots.

7. Treat leather seats with a good quality treatment.

8. Treat all interior surfaces, use silicone on all of the rubber seals

9. Add dryer sheets to keep the mice out.

10. Wash and wax it

11. Connect on a Battery Minder, not a battery charger.

12. Cover it, hopefully in a garage, and forget it until spring. Periodic starting does no good, it allows moisture to build up in the oils and exhaust system.

13. Well don't really forget about it, go out every once in a while and just have a look or sit in it. It won't cure the itch in January, but it will help.

I just put mine away today, I'll probably give it a peek and a sit in a week or so.

Good Luck
If my garage is not heated. wouldn`t it be better to take the battery out to a warmer place so it wont freeze (like the basement) and connect it to a tender there?
 

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If my garage is not heated. wouldn`t it be better to take the battery out to a warmer place so it wont freeze (like the basement) and connect it to a tender there?
Some do the battery removal.
I keep the battery in my C7s and on maintainers so that they will not go dead and freeze (going ka’put). I have only lost a battery when the battery goes dead and then freezes - so a continuous maintainer ever since does the trick (inside an unheated garage). Also doing the maintainer with a dual-battery H1 Hummer in an unheated garage (very expensive batteries and very difficult to remove) - no issues. 🙂👍🏻
 
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I know a guy who stored his C7 outside for one winter due to special circumstances. I helped him prepare it and among other things he connected the standard issue battery tender for the duration. The car sat under a cover for 5 months through deep cold and snow. Come spring, the charger was removed, the battery measured full charge and the car started perfectly.

Imagine this - the wife wants her XT5 in the garage for the winter! So due to only having 2 garage slots, I store my precious baby 1979 MGB in an unheated warehouse which reaches the same temperature as outdoors in Ottawa. The battery is not on a tender. Come spring, I remove the plugs and spin the engine until the oil pressure hits 50 psi. Reinstall the plugs and start the car. The battery does all that without the charge being maintained for 5 months. I always bring a jumper battery just in case, but have only used it once (spring 2021) in 18 years. Decided the battery served me well and replaced it this summer. :)
 

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I know a guy who stored his C7 outside for one winter due to special circumstances. I helped him prepare it and among other things he connected the standard issue battery tender for the duration. The car sat under a cover for 5 months through deep cold and snow. Come spring, the charger was removed, the battery measured full charge and the car started perfectly.

Imagine this - the wife wants her XT5 in the garage for the winter! So due to only having 2 garage slots, I store my precious baby 1979 MGB in an unheated warehouse which reaches the same temperature as outdoors in Ottawa. The battery is not on a tender. Come spring, I remove the plugs and spin the engine until the oil pressure hits 50 psi. Reinstall the plugs and start the car. The battery does all that without the charge being maintained for 5 months. I always bring a jumper battery just in case, but have only used it once (spring 2021) in 18 years. Decided the battery served me well and replaced it this summer. :)
Whats this you say, my good man? A British Car that starts after storage...inconceivable!!
 

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Whats this you say, my good man? A British Car that starts after storage...inconceivable!!
Well it does always start after storage but ... don't ask about the Lucas electrics :sadstatic:. It also has very bad manners with dripping oil on friend's driveways when visiting. Just can't teach an old Brit car to hold it's oil. However she is a lot of fun to drive, especially on the gravel roads around eastern Ottawa. Can't do that with the C7 without worrying about paint damage.
 

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Well it does always start after storage but ... don't ask about the Lucas electrics :sadstatic:. It also has very bad manners with dripping oil on friend's driveways when visiting. Just can't teach an old Brit car to hold it's oil. However she is a lot of fun to drive, especially on the gravel roads around eastern Ottawa. Can't do that with the C7 without worrying about paint damage.
I am with you on the fun to drive. I went through a 68 BSA 441, and Dad had a 66 Sunbeam Alpine, now my son has them both. Lucas Electrics...Inventors of Darkness.
 

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Ah yes, my father was a Scottish immigrant and became a champion dirt track and scrambles rider in the Montreal area. His attitude was, if a British bike doesn't leak oil there is something wrong with it! 😆

Nice that 3 generations had the Alpine.
 

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Ah yes, my father was a Scottish immigrant and became a champion dirt track and scrambles rider in the Montreal area. His attitude was, if a British bike doesn't leak oil there is something wrong with it! 😆

Nice that 3 generations had the Alpine.
My Dad was Scottish as well, didn't become a racer but was a wiz at mechanical things. We used to refer to the Shop manual for the BSA, and laugh. It basically said, put it together...and...if it doesn't work its your fault.
 
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If my garage is not heated. wouldn`t it be better to take the battery out to a warmer place so it wont freeze (like the basement) and connect it to a tender there?
I am on a farm and have numerous equipment with batteries on tenders without heated storage. In my experience, a charged battery will not freeze. My tractor has a 10 year old battery, my ATV has a 14 year old battery, skidsteer, hunting truck, etc. etc.... and all of them start every time and work fine all year long. Taking the batteries out to a heated storage is fine but in my experience, unnecessary. The tender is the battery saver.
 

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