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Old 09-21-2012, 06:01 PM
Drexel5 Drexel5 is offline
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Mein Auto: BMW Z4 3.0i
Storing a Z4 during Canadian Winters

Unfortunately, in the next few weeks the 2004 Z4 3.0i is going away for a few months to hibernate, and I've been doing some research on what needs to be done to make sure that once the summer comes around, I don't have any nasty surprises.

Being Canadian, our winters (at least in Toronto) can be pretty brutal, so the Z4 won't really be seeing the light of day from around Nov to March/April/May. Sad, but necessary.

What I've read so far is that I need to:
  • Fill the tank, and include an additive - Anyone have any suggestions on what additive to use? I've also read that I should drive for a few minutes with the additive in the gas before storing it. True?
  • Connect a battery trickle charger - Apparently I can get one that connects to the cigarette lighter and any standard wall electrical outlet. Anyone have any opinions on a model? Obviously I don't want to spend a fortune, but I want something that'll work, and not burn my house down. Should I be leaving this connected for the entire duration of storage, or disconnect on occasion?=
  • Put carpets or some other material under the tires - this is meant to prevent flat-spots, but I'm driving on the run-flats... so does this matter?
  • Leave the windows open a crack - this is supposed to keep the interior less stuffy and allow it to breathe. No biggie, but opinions?

Any opinions and/or additional suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Drexel.
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