By: Howard Gilson
It will soon be that time of the year to put the Porsche away
for the winter.
Below are some recommendations for preparing a car for winter storage.
Change the oil.
Do not wash the car the day you put it in storage. The car
should be washed
and driven a couple of days before to get the water out
of parts, like inside
the doors. I always recommend that a car be driven after every
Put 45 lbs. of air in the tires.
Fill the gas tank and put a can of Sta-Bil in the tank to stabilize
the gas during
storage. (Sta-Bil is available at automotive, marine and
lawn mower shops).
Put a light coat of Vaseline on doors and the trunk seals for protection.
Disconnect the battery or pull fuse for clock to prevent battery
drain. If your
car has a burglar alarm, DO NOT set it unless you plan
to charge the battery
every 3 to 4 weeks. The alarm will drain the battery
if it is left on.
Models that are water-cooled check the antifreeze to make sure
registers between -20 to -10 degrees F.
Check that your window washer reservoir is full.
Use a good grade of leather treatment on leather to prevent
it from drying out.
Leave doors and trunk ajar. (Not wide open, but shut in the first
Block the windshield wipers off the window (use a towel or
something soft to
the windshield wiper is off of the window
and can not form to the windshield).
Put the car in reverse the gear instead of using the emergency
Once a month, push your car a couple of feet forward or backwards
tires won't get flat spots.
Push your clutch in once a month.
I do not recommend running the engine because a warm engine creates
water condensation when it cools down. But if you do start the car
make sure it is at
normal operating temperature before shutting it off.