Started by BARNPOT2000, November 13, 2023, 22:40
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Quote from: Dev on November 14, 2023, 01:22They say it's a good idea to inflate the tires to 36-40 psi to avoid flat spots.As far as battery storage I would disconnect it to avoid parasitic drain. Better yet if you can remove the battery after a full charge and bring it inside a heated home for storage. It should last more than three months without having to top it off.
Quote from: BARNPOT2000 on November 13, 2023, 22:40I will be sorning my 2 over winter, just wondered if anyone who does this does anything to the tyres to avoid problems or is it OK to leave parked in the garage as normal? Also I've just bought a trickle charger, problem is my garage has no power and is quite remote from a 240 supply, so can't leave it on 24/7. Is it OK to just run an extension cable, say once a month, to leave it on charge for 24 hrs at a time perhaps?
Quote from: Joesson on November 14, 2023, 11:13The first winter my 2 was on old wheels / tyres, the next winter I sold the wheels and tyres and bought axle stands and a trolly jack and used them. I have also over inflated the tyres which is a good call if you are not going to be working under the car. I do leave myself a reminder note on the steering wheel. In gear, hand brake off.Fuel is around a quarter tank, no additives. Once or twice I have put a couple of gallons of Super in the tank prior to storage but no noticeable difference. The car has always started at first turn.For covering I have an old bedding sheet that is topped with 3 double and one single old bedding duvets/ quilts.The battery is in situ, negative disconnected, the garage is partially attached to the house and so not freezing cold inside. I use a Lidl smart charger. Variously permanently connected or the battery is checked monthly/ when I remember.This will be the thirteenth winter with much the same routine.
Quote from: J88TEO on November 14, 2023, 13:03I put silica gel desiccant bags in my 2 for the winter storage - lots of them.
Quote from: Ardent on November 14, 2023, 21:24Sure someone here uses something along the lines of a tesco damp trap.
Quote from: BARNPOT2000 on November 14, 2023, 22:15I've tried the reusable silica gel packs but I think a mini dehumidifier would be better, just haven't located one yet.
Quote from: Dev on November 14, 2023, 22:24I would advise against it because active dehumidifiers, depending on which one you get can be a fire hazard.Passive ones like reusable silica gel are better.
Quote from: BARNPOT2000 on November 15, 2023, 09:43Good point. I've just been out and the screen inside is soaking wet. Started the car, turned the fan and heater up full and left it running for 5 or 10mins seems like a quick way to keep things drier. Thinking about doing that once or more a month to help dry it when it's in storage, that wouldn't be detrimental to the engine, getting it up to temperature, every now and then would it?
Quote from: Beachbum957 on November 15, 2023, 11:08If you store in a garage, there is another possible consideration depending on how tightly the garage is sealed up. Critters, specifically mice. We have found mouse nests in cars stored in a large garage. Some repellents work fairly well, but traps are more final.
Quote from: Dev on November 15, 2023, 13:22Best thing to use is the AC as that will absorb the moisture in the cabin or just the defroster as that will also initiate the AC.As far as starting the car every month or just letting it sit there are a lot of things in the internet that goes either way and no good consensus. I would say it probably does not make that much of a difference for a semi modern car. On one hand a cold starts are not good and on the other hand if it's not started regularly you might clog the injectors and other things. I would say it is car dependent and our Toyotas are mostly resilient. In your situation I would get a really good car cover that is weather sealed. I do not know much about them but I believe they will not let moisture in to permeate into the interior if it's on tight with the drawstrings they provide. I am lucky that my garage doors are insulated but it still gets cold, but it's mostly dry in the winter. I do have two electronic dry cabinets for my camera equipment. I do not know if they help but only time will tell.
Quote from: BARNPOT2000 on November 15, 2023, 21:07sadly I do not have ac😒
Quote from: Dev on November 15, 2023, 21:34I wish my car did not have AC. I never use it and it's a good amount of weight I can take off.
Quote from: JB21 on November 15, 2023, 14:40Before winter storage I run mine as low as I dare on fuel,