How do you maintain your "stored" car?

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  1. pninja005

    pninja005 Karting

    Nov 10, 2010
    I still see a lot of people "collecting" these. I wonder how they maintain those sitting cars?
    Do they fire up the engine every month and let it idle? Just put the trickle charger and forget?

    Personally I hibernate (trickle charger + cover in heated garage; no engine running) my cars 4-6 months a year (winter period) and always wonder if even that is a good thing or not.
  2. 348KYD

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    Jul 29, 2007
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    Mine are on battery conditioners, stored in the garage (unheated) but not covered. Here in the UK we get bright dry days even in the winter so I try and get them out for a drive at least every month.
  3. Alex308qv

    Alex308qv Karting

    Jul 1, 2016
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    Add StaBil, fill tank, drive around a bit, run A/C for couple minutes, store under a cover with battery tender, run till hot (fans kick on) every month or so like 10-15 minutes, run A/C a couple minutes to keep seals lubed, take short drive if possible. On one of those times I’ll do my annual oil change. Never had any “spring surprises.”
  4. Meister

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    let it/them sit for idle the 4-6 months. That's best.
  5. vincep99

    vincep99 Formula 3
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    Jun 8, 2009
    I agree: if you can't take them out for a good run, let them sit all winter. Mine is on a tender, under a car cover, and in a car bag to prevent mice from getting in.
  6. EnzoItaly

    EnzoItaly Karting
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    Sep 29, 2016
    In a climate controlled garage under a car cover on trickle charger. Doing a drive of an hour at least 4 times a year.

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  7. MalcQV

    MalcQV F1 Rookie
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    Oct 11, 2004
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    Dehumidified partially heated and integral to the house, garage. It also sits under an indoor Ferrari OEM cover on an Optimate trickle charger.
  8. AlfistaPortoghese

    AlfistaPortoghese Moderator

    Mar 18, 2014
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    Same here, zero issues. And I also believe it’s best to let it sit than expose it to winter conditions. You can’t explore the car’s performance in the winter anyway.

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  9. Rossocorsa1

    Rossocorsa1 F1 Rookie

    May 14, 2017
    My cars are stored in a climate controlled environment (heated, air conditioning, humidity stabilized), and in air circulated capsules. When not driven, they are always on a battery tender. I don’t use an fuel stabilizer because they contain additives. Instead, I only use C9 fuel from VP Racing. It’s pure racing fuel and superb for your engine, both when sitting and running. I don’t drive my cars in inclement weather, regardless of the time of year. I drive them on perfect, dry, sunny days only in the spring, summer and fall, and I build the engines slowly to a high temperature so everything is well lubed and exercised. I also always run the AC, move the windows, pop-up lights, etc. The cars are in perfect operating condition.

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  10. Themaven

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    There was a good thread on this a while back with Rifledriver and other pros chipping in. The consensus was I think that storage is not great but nor are short cold journeys.

    I keep mine in winter in a heated garage, detailed, covered, trickle charged. The only note I have to add is that when I have driven them on cold sunny winter days (with no salt on the roads), Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tyres and Supersports are even more noticeably superior to Pirelli P Zeros than they are in the warm. I suspect cold weather actually degrades the Pirellis irrevocably.
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  11. Nospinzone

    Nospinzone F1 Rookie

    Jul 1, 2013
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    I store mine uncovered, up on blocks, in the local Wal Mart parking lot. I do leave it under one of the light poles though.

    (Apologies to Rossocorsa1 :D)
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  12. 3POINT8

    3POINT8 Formula 3

    Jan 23, 2014
    i drive my cars year around so i don't know much about storage
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  13. Zed82

    Zed82 Formula Junior

    Sep 28, 2017
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    Are they investments?
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  14. IloveGT

    IloveGT Formula Junior

    Oct 17, 2015
    Driving is the best maintenance. Things break when they are not used.
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