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Old 09-07-2013, 10:14 PM
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Parking for the winter.

What precautions should I take for this winter to keep my car in running order for the spring???
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:50 PM
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1. set of 4 dedicated snow tires (basically, keep driving the car...with the proper tires mounted and the traction control features...the car should do surprisingly well)
2. normal preventative maintenance like oil changes, coolant changes, brake fluid changes etc.
3. pre-winterizing maintenance: lube all the lock cylinders to prevent freezing as well as door handles/latches/gaskets
4. auto insurance
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:59 PM
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Re: Parking for the winter.

I don't want to drive it!! Dose the space need to be heated. Should it sit on jack stans? Trickle charger?

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Old 09-07-2013, 11:09 PM
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Any time that the car isn't going to be driven for over 4 weeks...I highly suggest a battery maintainer to keep the battery from dying. If using a trickle charger...make sure that it has an auto shut-off when the battery is charged...and turns back on when the voltage starts to drop...if not...you can overcharge the battery which is just as bad as letting it sulfate (from non use).

Jack stands can mess up your suspension from resting in an abnormal state...probably better to increase the air pressure in the tires to help prevent any flat spotting.



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Re: Parking for the winter.

That's what I needed to know. thank you for your fast help!!

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Old 09-07-2013, 11:15 PM
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Re: Parking for the winter.

What I usually do is park the car somewhere dry and and start the car say every 3 weeks and let it reach working temp at the same time check the tires pressure ...

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Old 09-08-2013, 10:20 AM
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Re: Parking for the winter.

I don't want to start it!! Heating everything up to cool down in 20***176; is not smart. All the condensation that builds up just freezes, thaws out again and now I have rust and or corrosion.

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Old 09-08-2013, 03:30 PM
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i have a 98 740li 13 yrs . this is BS
fill the tires above pressure start the car every 2 wks let it warm up 30 mins to charge battery
i have been doing this every year for the winter in a garage also . maybe a battery charger every no and then with and older battery that's all (good luck)
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:49 PM
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i have a 98 740li 13 yrs . this is BS
fill the tires above pressure start the car every 2 wks let it warm up 30 mins to charge battery
i have been doing this every year for the winter in a garage also . maybe a battery charger every no and then with and older battery that's all (good luck)
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:12 AM
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I would use jack stands for that ammount of time. Battery will be ok with a smart / automatic charger.
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:13 AM
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Gotta laugh. Fancy living somewhere so cold you don't want to drive your car for the whole winter .....
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:51 PM
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IMHO the E38 is the safest place to be in the winter if there was a collision. And the suspension and braking electronics make it the safest car to drive.

Drive it and stay alive in the winter and put it up for the summer. Lol!
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:04 PM
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Re: Parking for the winter.

I have tow cars I like to park the better of the 2. Michigan winter ruin cars FAST. Thanks for all the input!

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